An Xtra Happy Birthday; November 28th

After yesterday’s birthday bonanza, with a total of SEVEN bithdays, we are down to a more reasonable number today. Four former Eurovision participants were born on this day; two girls and two boys. One of them is the wonderful Magdi Ruzsa from Hungary! 

Daz Sampson, 46

Daz represented the United Kingdom at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest in Athens. He sang “Teenage Life”, which viewers might remember more because of the performancethan for the song itself. Five female backing singers/dancers, dressed in school girls’ uniforms, were on stage with Daz. And the stage itself was set up as a classroom. When all the votes had been counted, Daz finished 19th out of 24 entries.

Lonnie Devantier, 45

Lonnie represented Denmark at the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest. She performed the fun up-tempo song “Hallo Hallo”. At the end of the eveninge, Denmark had received a total of 64 points, landing her in 8th place.

Magdi Ruzsa, 32

Magdi Ruzsa represented Hungary at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki. She performed her own song “Unsubstantial Blues”. The song originally had Hungarian lyrics, “Aprócska Blues”, written by Magdi herself. However, she wanted the European audience to understand the meaning of the song. Therefore she hired Imre Mózsik to write English lyrics. In the semi-final Magdi finished second, thus sailing through to the grand final. There she finished in ninth place. She did however bring home a victory, as she recieved the Marcel Bezençon Award as best composer. The official video clip of the song also received a lot of positive feedback.

Dominic Muhrer, 28

Dominic represented Austria at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. He did so as part of the trio The Makemakes, performing their own song “I’m Yours”. Dominic, better known as Dodo, is the piano player and lead singer of the band. Since they represented their country on home ground, they were one of the pre-qualified finalists. In the grand final, however, they received the dreaded 0 points…thereby finishing in shared last place with Germany.

All of us here at escXtra wish today’s birthday Eurostars the happiest of celebrations! 

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