Monday, August 20 2018
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5 days ago
Eurovision Trivia: So You Think You Know… Belarus
We’re on the B’s now. And one country that has struggled in Eurovision for results a bit, but has given us no shortage of stories and interesting entries over the years, that being Belarus! With some weeks before we begin looking forward to Eurovision 2019, it’s that time in a Eurovision fan’s year to reflect on past years and all the good music and events they brought. And, also, some trivia. So You Think You Know… is a new series that will arrive each Wednesday, each time focusing on a new active Eurovision country. We are continuing alphabetically. Belgium is next. If you haven’t already played them (or just want to play them again), check out the below links for the So You Think You Know… quizzes from past weeks. Albania Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan
2 weeks ago
Eurovision Trivia: So You Think You Know… Azerbaijan
Hot off the heels of them announcing their participation yesterday, it’s time for an Azerbaijan trivia quiz, the only Caucasian country to have won the contest so far. With some weeks before we begin looking forward to Eurovision 2019, it’s that time in a Eurovision fan’s year to reflect on past years and all the good music and events they brought. And, also, some trivia. So You Think You Know… is a new series that will arrive each Wednesday, each time focusing on a new active Eurovision country. We are continuing alphabetically. Belarus will be next. If you haven’t already played them (or just want to play them again), check out the below links for the So You Think You Know… quizzes from past weeks. Albania Armenia Australia Austria
2 weeks ago
An Xtra Happy Birthday; week 32
This week we are debuting our new weekly “Happy Birthday” feature! Before this we did it day to day. We will present all the Eurovision birthdays that are coming up in the coming week, just to make sure that you don’t miss your favorite Eurovision artist’s big day. We wouldn’t want you to miss out on an excuse for a bit of celebrating! One of the birthday stars, Per Herrey, who won Eurovision. August 6th Today we have two birthday girls to celebrate and one birthday boy. Funnily enough, though, there are four countries and five participations involved. One of them has actually taken part in Eurovision three times. And she has represented two different countries! And since she is also the oldest of the three; let’s start with her! Stella Maessen, 65 Stella is Dutch, and she did also represent the Netherlands at Eurovision once; in 1970. This was her first participation, and he performed “Waterman” as part of the trio Hearts of Soul. The other two members of the band were her sisters Patricia and Bianca. They finished in 8th place out of the 12 participating countries. In Stella’s other two Eurovision appearances she represented Belgium. In …
2 weeks ago
An Xtra Happy Birthday; 5 August
Yesterday, we celebrated three Eurovision stars. Today, however, we bring you four birthday girls to celebrate! They all participated in Eurovision after 2000. Also, they all probably hoped for far better results than they achieved! The best result, however, came from Nina Radojicic. She finished in 14th place!! Jane Bogaert, 51 Jane Bogaert represented Switzerland at the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. She performed the song “La vita cos’e”, which is a fairly traditional Italian ballad. At the end of the night she had received 14 points, thus finishing in 20th place. Dalal Midhat-Talakić, 37 Dalal represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. However, she was not on her own when doing so. On stage with her she had Deen, Ana Rucner and Jala. Together, they performed the song “Ljubav je“. They finished in 11th place in their semi-final, thus just failing to qualify for the grand final. Outside of Eurovision, however, Dalal is best known as part of the R&B duo Erato. Stephanie Topalian, 31 Stephanie Topalian represented Armenia at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. She is an American singer of Armenian decent, and was part of the Eurovision project Genealogy. …
2 weeks ago
An Xtra Happy Birthday; 4 August!
Yesterday on 3rd of August we had three Eurovision artist that celebrated their birthday. Today there are also three Eurovision performers that have a birthday. Two birthday boys and one birthday girl. The oldest was a part of a popular band and they younger guy is from Wales but however took part at Eurovision for another country. The birthday girl was a guest act first, which lead to a new start for her country. Gidi Gor, Jon Lilygreen and Jessica Mauboy were born on this day. Gidi Gor, 68 Israel selected the band Kevert to go on their behalf to Eurovision song Contest in 1974. Gidi is one founding members of that band and therefore along withe the band took part in Brighton, UK. They performed “Natati La Khayay”. The song got 11 points, that is it ended in 7th place out of 17 acts. Jon Lilygreen, 31 Jon Lilygreen is from Wales, but he represented Cyprus in the 2010 Eurovision in Oslo. For the first time since 2005 Cyprus got to take part in the grand final. When all the votes had been counted, Jon finished in 21st place. Jessica Mauboy, 29 Australia after a being a loyal fan …
2 weeks ago
An Xtra Happy Birthday; 3 August!
Yesterday on 2nd of August there were four Eurovision Stars that celebrated their birtday. Today however we are sending “Xtra happy birthday” wishes to four countries today…even though we only have three Eurostars to celebrate. But how is that even possible?! Well, it’s not at all that complicated, really; one of our birthday girls didn’t represent her home country. Duh! Maria Haukaas Mittet, Gina G and Maris Mihelsons where born on this day. Gina G, 48 Let’s start with the reason for the “three artists, four countries” thing. Gina is from Australia, but in the 1996 Eurovision in Oslo she represented The United Kingdom. Despite only finishing in 8th place, her song “Ooh Aah…Just a Little Bit” became one of the biggest hits in the history of the contest. It charted (top 10) in several countries, including in UK, USA and Australia. To this day a lot of people still believe “Ooh Aah…Just a Little Bit” won Eurovision. It was even nominated for a Grammy in the Best Dance Record category. In 2005 Gina G attempted to represent the UK at Eurovision again, with the song “Flashback“, but was beaten by Javine’s “Touch My Fire”. Maris Mihelsons, 43 Maris is …
3 weeks ago
An Xtra Happy Birthday; 2 August!
Yesterday, on the first day of August, we celebrated two Eurovision stars; one boy and one girl. Today we give you double that; two birthday girls and two birthday Vlads! One of the girls even won the contest! Both of the Vlads were among my favorites entries in their year, and their birthday gives us a perfect excuse to listen to their songs again! (Yes, Wiv’s struggling to keep her feelings to herself again. (Sorry, not really sorry!)) We give you Vlado Mihailov and Vlad Miriță! Massiel, 71 Massiel represented Spain at the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest in London. She performed the song “La, la, la”, earning a total of 29 points. This means she got one point more than the massive pre-contest favorite, Cliff Richard and his “Congratualtions”, thus winning the contest! Justyna Steczkowska, 46 Justyna represented Poland at the 1995 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin. She did so with the song “Sama”, meaning Alone. This was only the second time Poland participated in the contest, and after Edyta Gorniak’s second place the previous year, their hopes were high. Unfortunately, the juries didn’t fall for “Sama” in the same way as they had “To nie ja”. Justyna only received 15 …
3 weeks ago
An Xtra Happy Birthday; 1 August!
Yesterday, on the last day of July, we celebrated three Eurostars! On this first day of the new month we have two Eurovision birthdays ! One birthday girl, one birthday boy. One is from Estonia, the other from Moldova. One finished in 21st place at Eurovision, the other in 22nd. They are both born in the 80s, though at opposite ends of the decade. Vaiko Eplik, 36 Vaiko represented Estonia at the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest in Riga. He is the lead singer and guitarist in the band Ruffus. They entered the Estonian preselection, Eurolaul, in 2003, with their song “Eighties Coming Back”. Originally they did this as a joke, so it came as a huge surprise to them when they won. At Eurovision they finished in 21st place out of 26 competing countries. Olia Tira, 29 Olia Tira represented Moldova in the 2010 Eurovision in Oslo, together with the band Sunstroke Project. They performed the song “Run Away”, just making it to the final; they qualified in 10th place from the first semi. In the final, however, they only finished 22nd out of 25 participants. Olia wanted to go to Eurovision again in 2014, but she only finished 6th …
3 weeks ago
Eurovision Trivia: So You Think You Know…. Austria
An Austrian quiz this week, and because they have had a bit more time in the contest, there’s an extra question in this week’s round. More chances for you to show off your knowledge to your friends and fellow Eurovision fanatics! With some weeks before we begin looking forward to Eurovision 2019, it’s that time in a Eurovision fan’s year to reflect on past years and all the good music and events they brought. And, if we may, some trivia. So You Think You Know… is a new series that will arrive each Wednesday, each time focusing on a new active Eurovision country. We are continuing alphabetically. Azerbaijan, the land of fire, is next. If you haven’t already played them (or just want to play them again), check out the below links for the So You Think You Know… quizzes from past weeks. Albania Armenia Australia
3 weeks ago
An Xtra Happy Birthday; 31 July!
Yesterday on 30th of July three Eurovision one Romanian Eurovision artist celebrated her birthday, Today, however there are three Eurovision stars were born on this day. Three birthday girls from Portugal, Malta and Poland. Filipa Azevedo, Ira Losco and Renata Dąbkowska have a birthday today! Renata Dąbkowska, 46 Poland picked the band Sixteen to go on their behalf to Eurovision in 1998. Renata was the lead singer. Therefore the traveled to Birmingham, UK to sing their entry “To Takie Proste”. The song got 19 point, that is it finished 17th out of 25 countries. Ira Losco, 37 Ira Losco has represented Malta at Eurovision twice; in 2002 and 2016. In 2002 she performed the song “7th Wonder”, finishing in an impressive 2nd place, a mere 12 points behind Marie N and her “I Wanna” for Latvia. Fourteen years later she returned to the Eurovision stage. This time she took it one step further from a wonder to a miracle, with “Walk On Water”. She qualified for the grand final as number three from her semi-final. On the Saturday, however, she didn’t do quite as well; finishing just outside the top 10, in 12th place.Today it was annouced she would be …