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An Xtra Happy Birthday; January 3rd

Yesterday on 2nd of January one Eurovision girl had a birthday. Today however, are two birthday guys. They have one big thing in common, that is they both performed in Ukraine 2017! One of them was a returning artist. Hovig and Koit Toome were born on this day!

Koit Toome, 39

Like mention earlier, one of the birthday boys was a returning artist. Estonia first selected Koit in 1998. Therefore he went on stage in Birmingham, UK. Where he performed the song “Mere lapsed”. This time he got 36 points, which secured him the 12th place.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cI7RQc9Td6g

Estonia selected Toome once again in 2017, then as a part of a duet with another Estonia returning artist, Laura Põldvere. That is why they went on stage in Kyiv, Ukraine with the song “Verona”. Despite that it was a big fan favorite it fail to make advance to the grand final.

Koit Toome & Laura - Verona (Estonia) LIVE at the second Semi-FinalKoit Toome & Laura – Verona (Estonia) LIVE at the second Semi-Final

 

Hovig, 29

Cyprus selected Hovig Demirjian in 2017 to represent the country in 2017 at Eurovision Song Contest. Therefore he went on the stage and performed the song “Gravity”, creatively using the screens covering the stage. He managed to qualify to the grand final, where he got 68 point. Hovig seems to have benefited from his Armenian origins, because he received full house 24 point from Armenia. That is 12 points from the televotes and 12 points from the juries. Gravity placed number 21 out of 26 entries.

Hovig - Gravity (Cyprus) LIVE at the Grand Final of the 2017 Eurovision Song ContestHovig – Gravity (Cyprus) LIVE at the Grand Final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest

We all here at escXtra would like to wish these two gentlemen a happy birthday!

Hlynur Sigurðsson

Icelandic Eurovision fan!

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