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An Xtra Happy Birthday; August 22nd

Two Eurostars celebrate their birthdays today; two birthday girls! One is Finnish, the other is Moldovan. They are both born in the 70s, but that’s about as far as the similarities go. One participated in the 90s, one in the 00s. One performed in her own language, one in English. And one finished top 10, while the other finished dead last. 

Jasmine, 41

Jasmine represented Finland at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo. She performed the song “Niin kaunis on taivas”, finishing in a very disappointing last place. This entry has been voted the worst Finish Eurovision entry by Finnish fans.

Natalia Barbu, 38

Natalia Barbu represented Moldova at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki. She finished top 10, actually 10th, in what is considered by many to be one of the most difficult editions of the contest. Natalia performed the song “Fight”, and in addition to singing she also played the violin. “Fight” gave Moldova their second of three top 10 results.

All of us here at escXtra wish Jasmine and Natalia the very best of birthdays! 

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