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An Xtra Happy Birthday; December 16th!

On 14th on December four Eurovision singers had a birthday. Today, however, three Eurovision artists have birthdays! The oldest one of them won the Eurovision Song Contest as a part of a pop group. Benny Andersson, Mihai Traistariu and Mei Finegold have a birthday today!

Benny Andersson, 71

Sweden selceted the singing group ABBA to represent them at Eurovision in 1974. Therefore they sang upon stage in Brighton, United Kingdom. Their song became quite popular and won the contest! Benny Andersson was part of this group, that became world famous. Andersson along with Björn Ulveaus, also a former memeber of ABBA, wrote the 2013 Eurovision anthem along with the music composer Avicii.

Mihai Traistariu, 37

Romania chose Mihai to perform for them at Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 in Athens, Greece. Due to Romania’s previous success in 2005 when “Let me Try” landed in 3rd place, Traistariu got to perform directly at the final without having to compete in the semi. Where he performed the song “Tornero”. His performance continued Romania’s  success, that is the song landed in 4th place with 172 points.

Mei Finegold, 34

Israel selected Mei in 2014 to be their representative in Malmö, Sweden. Therefore Finegold marched on stage in the second semi final and performed the song “Same Heart”. Unfortunately for her, the song did not get enough votes to reach to the final.

 

We all here at escXtra would like to wish the three of them a great birthday!

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Hlynur Sigurðsson

Icelandic Eurovision fan!

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