An Xtra Happy Birthday; September 1st

Another day, another Eurovision birthday to celebrate. Actually; another SEVEN Eurovision birthdays to celebrate!! One almost won, a couple didn’t qualify for the grand final, one finished last with 0 points…a mixed bunch, to say the least. The oldest was born in 1948, the two youngest in 1990. And as always; we start with the oldest!

Birthe Kjær, 69

After few attempts Birthe got to repecent Denmark at Eurovision in 1987, with the song called “Vi maler byen rød”. With three backup singers/dancers in white suits she became 3rd in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Renars Kaupers, 43

Renars Kaupers is the lead singer of the band “Brainstorm”. They were Latvia´s debuts entry at Eurovision Song Contest in 2000. The song is called “My star” set the standard high for Latvia, for they took the 3rd place that year! In addtion he co-hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in Riga with Marie N.

Stella Mwangi, 31

Connecting with her Kenyan roots, Stella sang for Norway in 2011 in Germany! Happy tune but got the sad ending of not qualifying to the Final. But she has become successful in Norway and few of her songs are used in films and TV´s shows.

Martina Barta, 29

This birthday girl performed this year in Kyiv and sang theballad “My Turn”.  Martina performed for Czech Republic. The song is sweet and romantic and had a lot of dancers on the background screens,  however it failed to advance to the final. Maybe she will get another turn at Eurovision, who knows. And maybe with new focus Czech Republic will go to the final.

Melanie René, 27

In Vienna 2015, Melanie sang for Switzerland, with a song called “Time to Shine”. Like most recent Swiss entries, the song did not do that well. But we hope she continues to use her lovely singing voice, here is a short acoustic version of her song that she song for us here at escXtra.

Ann Sophie, 27

From the same year as Melanie Réne, Ann Sophie performed in Austria for Germany. The song “Black Smoke” is about that things were over and nothing left to be, which unfortunately became the fate of the song in the final and got no points.

We at escXtra would like to wish them all a happy birthday!  What a Eurovision birthday day!

Hlynur Sigurðsson

Icelandic Eurovision fan!

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