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An Xtra Happy Birthday; January 9th

Yesterday we celebrated David Civera’s birthday. Today, on the other hand, we have two Eurovision birthday girls to celebrate. Although there’s just two of them, between them they have no less than four Eurovision participations! They even have a top 10 result each! One is born back in the 1940s, while the other turns 25  today. We give you the wonderful Aminata!

Mary Roos, 69

Mary represented Germany both at the 1972 and 1984 Eurovision Song Contests. During her first participation, in Edinburgh, she finished in a rather surprising, most of all to herself, third place. She did so with the song “Nur die Liebe läßt uns leben“. 12 years later, this time in Luxembourg, she didn’t do as well. She only finished 13th out of 19 participants with the song “Aufrecht geh’n”. Despite this rather disappointing result, “Aufrecht geh’n” has become something of a fan favorite/classic, and is often performed at Eurovision karaokes in the Euroverse.

In addition to representing her country twice at Eurovision, Mary has also taken part in the German national final another three times; in 1970, 1975 and and 1982.

Aminata, 25

Aminata represented Latvia at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. She did so with her own song “Love Injected”. She sailed through to the final after finishing second in her semi-final. In the final, however, she failed to do as well as was expected, only finishing sixth. The juries had her in in second place, but the televoters weren’t as convinced by her performance. “Love Injected” has quickly become a facorite among the fans, and is concidered a modern Eurovision classic.

In 2016 she represented her country again, though not on stage this time. She wrote the Latvian entry, “Heartbeat” for Justs. After qualifying for the grand final as one of the favorites, he finished in a slightly disappointing 15th place.

Clearly one of the artists who loves going to Eurovision, she made an attempt at representing Lithuania in 2017. Like the year before, she tried her luck as a songwriter. Her song “I’m Like a Wolf“, was performed by Aistė Pilvelytė, and finished second in the national final.

She also participated in the Latvian final in 2014, finishing fifth with the song “I Can Breathe“.

All of us here at escXtra wish Mary and Aminata the very best of birthdays! 

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