An Xtra Happy Birthday; December 10th!

Two days ago on 8th of December an Icelandic Eurovision singer celebrated his birthday. Today however there are two birthday Eurovision stars. Even though its only six year between them in age, their performances at Eurovision were more then 30 years a part. Milan Špalek and Ellen Nikolaysen  have a birthday today!

Ellen Nikolaysen, 66

Nikolaysen took part two times at the Eurovision Song Contest. First Norway selected the singing group Bendik Singers in 1973. Ellen was part of that group. They therefore stood up on the stage in Luxembourg and sang “It’s Just A Game”. The song got 89 points, that secured them the 7th place.

Norway chose Ellen again in 1975 with the song “Touched my life with summer”.  Therefore she had to travel to her neighbor country Sweden. At the final in Stockholm the song got only 11 points which meant the song came second to last.

Milan Špalek,51

Czecch first entry at Eurovision was in 2007, then they chose the rock band Kabát to reprecent them in Helsinki, Finland. Milan is a member of that band. They performed their song “Malá Dáma” at the semi final, where they only got one point. Never the less its noteworthy that it is the only entry to be sang in Czech at the Eurovision Song Contest. Because the song that follow have been in English.

We all here at escXtra would like to wish the two of big happy birthday!

Hlynur Sigurðsson

Icelandic Eurovision fan!

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