An Xtra Happy Birthday; October 14th

After two days with two Eurostars to celebrate; today we give you more than double that! A total of five Eurovision stars celebrate their birthday today, and we’re here to celebrate with them! Two of today’s birthday boys were born on the exact same day. Which makes sense, since thay are twins! And one of today’s birthday girls is turning into a modern day Eurovision classic; both she and her song! She wowed everybody with her stunning performance in Stockholm two years ago. We are of course talking about the wonderful Iveta! 

Hanne Haugsand, 42

Hanne represented Norway at the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. She did so as part of the girl trio Charmed. They finished 11th with their uptempo entry “My Heart Goes Boom”. Hanne has also taken part in Melodi Grand Prix twice as a solo artist; in 2006 with “Heavens in Your Eyes” and 2010 with “Don’t Stop“. However, she failed to qualify for the final both times.

Hakan and Gökhan Özoğuz (Athena), 41

Hakan and Gökhan are twin brothers, and they represented Turkey at the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest on homeground in Istanbul. Gökhan plays the guitar and is also the lead singer, while Hakan is a guitar player. In addition they are also two of the founding members of Athena. They finished 4th with their ska/rock entry “For Real”. Though they didn’t win, they recieved a total of 195 points, which is the highest number of points Turkey has ever gotten.

Ruslan Alehno, 36

Ruslan represented Belarus at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade. He performed the song “Hasta La Vista” in the second semi-final. Though he was one of the pre contest favorites of many fans, he only finished 17th in the semi. Consequently, he did not get to perform his song again in the grand final.

Iveta, 31

Iveta Mukuchyan represented Armenia at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. Long before the contest kicked off she had become a huge fan favorite. Her modern pop entry “Love Wave” was among the favorites to win the contest. She finished second in her semi-final, thus qualifying for the grand final with flying colors. In the final, however, she only finished 7th. According to many fans, this is among the great injustices in the history of the contest.

All of us here at escXtra wish today’s birthday Eurostars, Hanne, Iveta, Hakan, Gökhan and Ruslan, the happiest of celebrations! 

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