Just like last week, there are many reasons to celebrate this week. That is 26 Eurovision Birthdays this week! Five of them celebrate a big aneverssary, that is Vicky Rosti getting 60 years old, Nicoleta Alexandru and Óttarr Proppé turing 50, Michalis Hatzigiannis is turning 40 and no other then Tom Neuwirth/Conchita is turning 30 years old.
The most crowded day of the week is today, that is seven Eurovision artist have a birthday. Busy day indeed.
René Froger, 58
René represented the Netherlands at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow. He did so as part of the male trio De Toppers. They performed the song “Shine”, wearing outfits that matched their song title to a t. Unfortunately for the guys, they only managed to earn 11 points in their semi-final. As a result of this they finished 17th out of 19 entres in the semi, thus failing to qualify for the grand final.
Geir Rønning, 56
Geir represented Finland at the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. He performed the ballad “Why?”, earning a total of 50 points in the semi-final. As a result he finished 18th, thus not making it to the grand final. Rønning is Norwegian, and has a long list of Melodi Grand Prix participations under his belt. His best MGP result came in 1996, when he finished second with “Uten de’“. He also took part in 1995, 1997 and 2006.
Nicoleta Alexandru, 50
Nicola represented Romania at the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest in Riga with “Don’t Break My Heart”. She finished in 10th place, which at the time was the country’s second best Eurovision result. Indeed, even today it is their sixth best result. Nicola took part in the Romanian national final in 2007 with the song “Fairytale Story“, but only managed to finish 7th out of ten entries.
Krassimir Avramov, 46
Krassimir represented Bulgaria at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow. He performed the popera entry “Illusion”. However, just like De Toppers, he finished third from the bottom in his semi-final. Due to this he failed to make it to the grand final. This was definitely one of the more memorable entries and performances this year, though perhaps for all the wrong reasons.
Michalis Hatzigiannis, 40
The wonderful Michalis Hatzigiannis represented Cyprus at the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest in Birmingham. He was one of the pre-contest favorites with his “Genesis”. Even though he finished in a respectable 11th place, there’s no denying it; it was very disappointing to many.
Essai Altounian, 38
Essaï represented Armenia at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. He did so as part of the group Genealogy, performing the song “Face the Shadow”. Armenian television put this group together especially for Eurovision. Each of the members of the group represented the Armenian diaspora on one of the continents. Essaï represented the European Armenian diaspora, as he is of French-Armenian origin. Genealogy finished 7th in the first semi-final, thus qualifying for the grand final, where they finished 16th.
Nodiko Tatishvili, 32
Nodiko represented Georgia at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö. He did so alongside Sophie Gelovani. The duo performed the song “Waterfall” in the second semi-final. There they finished 10th, thus just qualifying for the grand final. In the final they finished 15th.