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There’s no busi­ness like snow busi­ness for The Koi Boys, who are book­end­ing a big year with a spe­cial ap­pear­ance at Car­ols by Can­dle­light

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Af­ter a whirl­wind year, Gold Coast trio The Koi Boys will wrap up 2016 in style, per­form­ing live at the 79th Car­ols by Can­dle­light in Mel­bourne on Christmas Eve.

The Voice com­peti­tors Danny Faifai, Nuz Ngatai and Kevin Keepa will sing and dance along­side Dami Im, Shep­pard, An­thony Cal­lea, Tim Campbell, Kate Ce­ber­ano, Shane Ja­cob­son, Ma­rina Prior, De­nis Wal­ter and Dar­ren Per­ci­val.

Af­ter hav­ing al­ready per­formed at the Gold Coast and Bris­bane Mayor’s Car­ols, Christchurch Car­ols by Can­dle­light and live on Sun­rise, the boys are used to the fes­tive spot­light, but still get ex­cited.

“We’re ab­so­lutely rapt, we’re blessed,” Danny says.

“We’ve all watched it on TV for years and Kevin and I have young chil­dren, so they’ll get a kick out of see­ing us sing.

“The buzz never gets old. Peo­ple feed off your en­ergy and it makes you per­form even bet­ter.

“Ev­ery­one knows all the words to Christmas car­ols. It’s part of the tra­di­tion, so we’ll just get out there and make sure we don’t for­get the words – be­cause peo­ple will know.”

Danny says they’ll be per­form­ing Let it Snow with “a lit­tle bit of Koi Boys magic”, and, while this Christmas is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to nor­mal, he still savours the sim­ple things about the hol­i­day.

“We usu­ally just do the typ­i­cal Gold Coast Christmas at home with the fam­ily,” he says. “Lots of food, lots of naps, plenty of drink­ing – water, of course ...

“I get a kick out of the kids open­ing their presents and when they wake up su­per early, jump­ing on my bed like ‘Dad, dad, wake up!’, that’s one of my favourite things.”

Vi­sion Aus­tralia’s Car­ols By Can­dle­light Satur­day, De­cem­ber 24, 8pm on Nine

Pic­ture: Steve Hol­land

The Koi Boys Danny Faifai, Nuz Ngatai and Kevin Keepa

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