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11 hours ago
An Xtra Happy Birthday; 22 July!
After a completely Eurovision birthday free day yesterday, we return with three Eurostars to celebrate today! They are all fairly recent participants (2006-2013), they all did worse than they hoped at Eurovision (two didn’t qualify for the final, the third finished last in the final) and they all had interesting props on stage with them (fluorecent microphone stands, a teddy bear, impressive drummers…eh; I mean drums…). And one of them is just starting her summer tour across Europe; Kate Ryan! Geta Burlacu, 44 Geta represented Moldova at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade. She is first and foremost a jazz singer who also does folk and classical music. Her jazz background is also very clear when you listen to her Eurovision entry “A Century of Love”. The song even includes a jazz trumpet! At Eurovision Geta finished 12th in her semi-final, thus not qualifying for the grand final. Kate Ryan, 38 Kate Ryan represented Belgium at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest in Athens. At that time, she already had quite a few chart successes under her belt. Due to this, most people took it for granted that she would qualify for the final. Not only that; she was one …
3 days ago
An Xtra Happy Birthday; 20 July!
We have only one Eurovision birthday girl to celebrate today, but what a birthday girl it is!! She is both Norwegian and Swiss, but represented Norway. Her hair is possibly the most amazing thing to ever be seen on a Eurovision stage. And the song she performed is equally amazing. (Getting personal again…NOT sorry!) You have probably all guessed it by now; we are of course talking about Debrah Scarlett! Debrah Scarlett, 25 Debrah Scarlett represented Norway at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. She did so as part of the duo Mørland and Debrah Scarlett, alongside Kjetil Mørland who also wrote the song. They performed their (very close to perfect) song “A Monster Like Me” in the second semi-final. There they finished in fourth place, thus sailing through to the grand final. On the Saturday night they received a total of 102 points (they deserved AT LEAST twice that!), thereby finishing in eighth place. Oh, and if you haven’t already; check out the official video! Since her Eurovision participation, Debrah Scarlett has kept working on her music. Among other things she released the astonishingly beautiful song “Cynical Youth“. Today Debrah turns 25, and all of us here at …
4 days ago
An Xtra Happy Birthday; 19 July!
Yesterday we celebrated two Eurovision birthday stars, Laura and Flash. Today we add one more, thus bringing you three excuses to pop the cava (or PepsiMax!)! We have two birthday girls and one birthday boy for you to celebrate. One of them *almost* won the contest for their country in the country’s debut year, while another told us she’d be here for us. We give you Maraaya’s Marjetka, who turns 34 today! Amila Glamočak, 52 Amila Glamočak represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo. She performed the song “Za našu ljubav”, finishing in a very disappointing 22nd place out of 23 participating countries. This was the weakest result of the Balkan country until their first non-qualification in 2016. Amila also tried to represent her country twice after this; in 2001 and 2003. Kaspars Roga, 44 Kaspars Roga represented Latvia at the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. This was Latvia’s debut year, and they very nearly won it in their first attempt. And they should have! (Yes, getting personal again. And proud of it!) Brit pop/rock band Brainstorm performed their brilliant entry “My Star”, earning 136 points, thus finishing in third place on the big …
5 days ago
An Xtra Happy Birthday; 17 July!
Yesterday on 16th of July, two Eurovision artist celebrated their birthday. Today there are also two Eurovision singers who celebrate their birthdays, two birthday girls! One of them has represented her country, Poland, twice at Eurovision. Help us shout a big “Congratulations!” to Justyna Majkowska! Justyna Majkowska, 40 Justyna Majkowska represented Poland at both the 2003 and 2006 Eurovision Song Contests. Both times she did so as part of the group Ich Troje. During their firts attempt, in Riga, they performed the song “Keine Grenzen – Żadnych granic”, a song that has lyrics in German, Polish and Russian. They finished in a very well deserved, though kind of surprising, 7th place. Three years later, in Athens, they returned with the song “Follow My Heart“. Unlike last time, however, they didn’t finish top 10 this year. Actually, they didn’t even finish top 10 in the semi-final. They ended in 11th place, thus *just* missing out on the last ticket to the grand final. Daana Ots, 31 Daana represented Estonia at the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. SHe did so as part of the all girl group Suntribe. They performed their song “Let’s Get Loud”, which was one of the pre-contest fan …
5 days ago
An Xtra Happy Birthday; 18 June
Yesterday we celebrated two birthday girls, Justyna and Daana. There are two Eurovision birthdays to celebrate today as well, but on this summer Wednesday we bring you one birthday boy and one girl. The guy finished top 10 with his band, while the girl unfortunately didn’t qualify for the final. One gave us a beautiful ballad, the other is a rocker through and through; We give you Wig Wam’s Flash! Flash (Wig Wam), 52 Bernt Jansen, also known as Flash, represented Norway at the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. He did so as part of the glam rock band Wig Wam. Flash is the band’s bass player. They performed the song “In My Dreams”, finishing 6th in the semi-final, thus sailing through to the grand final. Despite being one of the pre-contest favorites to win, they only finished in a mildly disappointing 9th place. Nonetheless this is a very good result, especially considering Norway’s last place the previous year. Fun fact 1: “In My Dreams” became a massive hit in Iceland, and is to this day the foreign Eurovision song most likely to be picked as people’s favorite. Perhaps second to “Euphoria” Perhaps. Fun fact 2: Wig Wam sure …
7 days ago
An Xtra Happy Birthday; 16 July!
Yesterday on 15th of July, four Eurovision performers celebrated their birthday. However today, there are two Eurovision singers that have a birthday today. One birthday lady and one birthday boy. One is over 70, the other just over 50. One finished top 10, the other dead last. But they have that in common is that they both performed in their native language. Andy Abraham and Monica Asepelund are born on this day. Monica Aspelund , 72 Monica represented Finland in the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song “Lapponia”. She finished in 10th place, which might sound better than it really is. Back then, 10th place was “right hand side of the scoreboard”, since only 17 countries took part. Monica recorded “Lapponia” in Dutch, English, French, German and Swedish as well as Finnish. Andy Abraham, 54 Andy was the United Kingdom representative in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade. He performed the song “Even If”, finishing in shared last place with Poland’s Isis Gee and her “For Life”. Andy also co-wrote his entry. He started his singing career when taking part at X factor in 2005 where he did very well. We all here at escXtra would like to wish …
1 week ago
An Xtra Happy Birthday; 15 July!
Today we have four Eurostars to celebrate; two girls, two guys. Three of them are “one-timers” while the fourth a “repeat offender”. One performed in English, the other three in their native languages. Two of them did rather well in the contest, finishing top 10, while the other two finished right side of the scoreboard. One of them (very undeservedly) even finished last; Isaura! Frank Ådahl, 58 Frank represented Sweden at the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest in Zagreb. He did so as part of the band Edin-Ådahl, performing the song “Som en vind”. They received a total of 24 points, thus finishing in 16th place out of 22 participants. He also tried his luck in Melodifestivalen in 1996, when he finished fifth with his song “Tårar från himlen”. He was also one of the backing vocalists behind Karoline Krüger when she represented Norway with “For vår jord” in the 1988 Eurovision. Danijela, 47 Danijela Martinovic represented Croatia both at the 1995 and the 1998 Eurovision Song Contests. In 1995 she was part of the band Magazin. They performed the song “Nostalgija“, finishing in a very respectable 6th place. Three years later, Danijela returned to the Eurovision stage with the (post-contest) …
1 week ago
An Xtra Happy Birthday; 14 July 🇦🇹 & 🇨🇿
Yesterday on 13th of July, two Eurovision female singer celebrated their birthday. Today however, there is only one Eurovision birthday gentleman. Austria selected him to be their representative at Eurovision, although he is originally from Czechoslovakia/ Czech Republic. At the contest he sang in German, but he also recorded the Czech version along with Italian and two English versions. Karel Gott was born on the 14th of July! Karel Gott, 79 Gott represented Austria in the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest in Royal Albert Hall in London. He finished 13th out of 17 participants, receiving a mere 2 points for his “Tausend Fenster”. Karel, who is Czech, is possibly the most popular singer in the history of Czechoslovakia/the Czech Republic. He is considered at great singer, that is he was selected the country’s best male singer an astounding 41 times. Most recently in 2016! His Czech version is called “Vítám vítr v údolí“, which is probably the first Eurovision Song that is also sung in Czech language. Because Czech Republic only started taking part at Eurovision Song Contest in 2007. All of us here at escXtra wish Karel an Xtra wonderful and warm greetings on his special day!
1 week ago
An Xtra Happy Birthday; 13 July
Just like yesterday there are two Eurovision birthdays to celebrate today. However, today we bring you two birthday girls. One of them represented a country other than her home country; she’s Canadian, but represented Switzerland! The other represented a country which only twice has failed to qualify for the grand final. Armenia’s Eva Rivas turns 31 today! Eva Rivas, 31 Eva Rivas represented Armenia at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo. In the second semi-final she finished in sixth place, thus sailing through to the grand final. On the Saturday night she performed her wonderful “Apricot Stone” again. She finished in a very respectable seventh place, thereby continuing Armenia’s streak of top 10 results. “Apricot Stone” was their 5th top 10 placing out of 5 tries. Eva Rivas might not be remembered for her song alone, though. A lot of people still remember her outfit; more specifically the top half; it seemed they might have forgotten part of it. Or perhaps they just ran out of fabric? Annie Cotton, 43 Annie Cotton represented Switzerland at the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest in Millstreet. In doing so, she became the second Canadian-born singer to do so. She was also less than …
2 weeks ago
An Xtra Happy Birthday; 12 July
Yesterday on 11th of July, four Eurovision artists celebrated their birthday. Today however two Eurovision singers have a birthday. One birthday boy and one birthday girl. She went three times to Eurovision, that is two times as backing vocalist and one time on her own. The birthday boy entered once but came very close to make it two times to Eurovision Song Contest. Maya Sar and Luiz Ejlli were born on the 12th of July. Maya Sar, 37 Maya has taken part in Eurovision three times; twice as a backing singer for other artists and once on her own. In 2004 she did backing vocals for Deen on his entry “In the Disco“, finishing 9th in the grand final. Seven years later, she was back on the Eurovision stage, this time playing the piano and doing backing vocals for Dino Merlin on “Love in Rewind“. And again she was part of a top 10 result; this time a 6th place. The year after, in 2012, she was selected to perform the Bosnian entry, her own song “Korake ti znam”. She qualified for the grand final, where she finished in a rather disappointing 18th place. Luiz Ejlli, 33 Luiz represented Albania …
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