An Xtra Happy Birthday; August 20th

Today’s birthday Eurostars are from Slovakia, Germany and Sweden, but there are still four of them. How is that even possible? Well, we’ll get back to that later. First; two of them participated in the early days of the contest, while one took part in the 10s. Three are female, one is male. One finished near the top, one failed to qualify for the final. One thing they all have in common, though; they performed in their own language. 

Alice and Ellen Kessler, 81

Alice and Ellen, better known as the Kessler twins, represented Germany in the 2959 Eurovision Song Contest. They performed the song “Heute Abend Wollen Wir Tanzen Geh’n”, giving us one of the first real “performances” on the Eurovision stage.

Peter Grönvall, 64

Peter Grönvall represented Sweden in the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo. He performed as part of the group One More Time, together with his wife Nanne Grönvall and Maria Rådsten. They were among the pre-contest favorites, and finished in a very respectable 3rd place with their song “Den Vilda”.

Kristina Pelakova, 30

Kristina Pelakova represented Slovakia in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo. She performed the song “Horehronie”, and was one of the pre contest favorites. However, she finished in 16th place out of 17 in her semi-final, thus failing to qualify for the final.

All of us here at escXtra wish Alice, Ellen, Peter and Kristina the very best of birthdays! 

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