An Xtra Happy Birthday; October 4th

Yesterday we celebrated two Nordic birthdays. Today there are six birthday people, from countries all over the Eurovision world. That is, three birthday ladies and three birthday guys. Two of them reached 3rd place at Eurovision. Christina, Friðrik, Lena, Slavko, Ignazio and Nela have a birthday today.


Christina Simon, 63

Austria (ORF) selected Simon to represent them in the Song Contest in 1979. The entry is called “Heute in Jerusalem”,  and is a ballad with jazz and blues influence. The lyrics speak about the Israel at that time and the wishing that there would be peace. Even though the contest was in Israel, the message did not seem to come a cross well. Because the act tied for last place, with only 5 points.


Friðrik Ómar, 36

After entering Söngvakeppnin for the second time, Friðrik won it in 2008 as a part of “Eurobandið” with Regína Ósk. Therefore they performed in Belgrade, Serbia. “This Is My Life” is the name of their entry. They did quite good for Icelandic Eurovision standard. They advanced to the final, and came in 14th place out of 25. The year after, 2009, he follow Yohanna as a backing-vocalist where she earned second place.

Lena Katrina, 33

Elena Sergeevna Katina or better know as Lena Katrina, was a part of a very successful Russian band called t.A.T.u. with Julia Volkova. The two of them where selected to perform at Eurovision in 2003 in Riga, Latvia.  “Ne ver’, ne boysia”  is the name of their entry, and reached the 3rd place, only three points lower then the winning act.

Slavko, 32

Montenegro picked Slavko to represent them in Kyiv in 2017. His lively character shines through his performance and you can see how much he enjoys it. The entry is called “Space” and was in the first semi final. Unfortunately for Slavko, he didn’t qualify to the final. On the other hand his is unique clothing style, got him the first place at the Barbara Dex Awards.

Ignazio Boschetto, 23

Ignazio one of the tenor of the Italian trio Il Volo. After Il Volo won Sanremo Song Contest in 2015, they accepted to represent their country at Eurovision in Vienna, Austria. “Grande Amore”, there song, was the winner of the public votes. However they were not able impress the jury as much, thus leaving them in the 3rd place at the final.


Nela Pociskova, 27

Nela and Kamil Mikulčík sang a duet and won the Slovakian national selection in 2009. Therefore they where the first entry from Slovakia since 1998 to perform at the contest. Sadly for them “Leť tmou”, their song, failed to qualify to the Eurovision final.

We all here at EscXtra would like to wish the all wonderful birthday!

Hlynur Sigurðsson

Icelandic Eurovision fan!

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