An Xtra Happy Birthday; October 13th

Yesterday two Eurovision singers had a birthday. That pattern will repeat, because two Eurovision singers have a birthday today. They are both from Belgium and both performed for their country. With 28 year between the entries but got similar place at the final. Although there were more countries in the later contest.  Vanessa Chinitor and Jacques Raymond have a birthday today.

Vanessa Chinitor,41

Belgium selected Vanessa to perform at Eurovision in 1999. She sang the song “Like the Wind” in Jerusalem, despite not using a wind machine. “Like the Wind” received 38 point therefore matching UK in the 12th place out of 23 entries.
That was not the only time Chinitor tried for Eurovision, because she also tried in

Jacques Raymond, 79

Belgium picked Raymond to represent them in 1963 in London with the Dutch song “Waarom?”. His entry was 10th out of 16.

In addition to performing in London, he step in when one of the Belgian lead singer from the 1971 Belgian fell ill. Therefore he represented Belgium was again, now with Lily Castel, as they performed the duet “Goeiemorgen, Morgen”. The act ended up in 14th place out of 18.

All of us her at EscXtra would like to wish the two of them a happy birthday!

Hlynur Sigurðsson

Icelandic Eurovision fan!

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