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An Xtra Happy Birthday; January 31st

No Eurovision birthdays to celebrate yesterday, and only one on the 29th. It’s a good thing we have a total of SIX today, then. And two of today’s birthday stars are Eurovision winners! Their victories were only a few years apart, but the age difference between them is more than 30 years! Oh, and once they also participated in the same year… We give you Dave Benton and Helena Paparizou!

Dave Benton, 67

Dave represented Estonia at the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen. He did so alongside Tanel Padar and the boy band 2XL. They won the contest with their summery, Cool and the Gang inspired “Everybody”.

Benedikt Brynleifsson, 39

Benedikt represented Iceland at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Dusseldorf. He did so as part of the group Sjonni’s Friends. Benedikt is the group’s drummer. They finished 4th in the first semi-final, thus sailing through to the grand final. There however, they didn’t do quite as well, finishing in 20th place. This was Benedikt’s third time on the Eurovision stage, as he played the drums both for Eirikur Hauksson in 2007 and for Euroband in 2008.

Helena Paparizou, 36

Helena Paparizou represented Greece at Eurovision both in 2001 and in 2005. The first time, in Copenhagen 2001, she was part of the duo Antique. They finishethird with their song “Die For You“. At the time, this was the best result Greece had ever achieved in the history of the contest. Helena herself was the one to change this, with her victory in 2005. In her return to the contest, on stage in Kyiv in 2005, she brought Greece the country’s first, and so far only, Eurovision win. Her song, “My Number One” turned out to be a lot of people’s number one, and she received a total of 10 12 points.

Kalomira, 33

Like Helena Paparizou, Kalomira also represented Greece at Eurovision. She did so in Belgrade in 2008. And like Helena in her first attempt, Kalomira also finished 3rd. Her song “Secret Combination” was a huge favorite among the fans, but in the final it was defeated by Russia’s Dima Bilan and Ukraine’s Ani Lorak.

ManuElla, 29

ManuElla represented Slovenia at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. She competed in the second semi-final with her song “Blue and Red”. There she finished 14th, thus failing to qualify for the grand final.

Nina Sublatti, 23

Nina represented Georgia at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. She performed her song “Warrior” during the first semi-final. There she finished in fourth place, thus qualifying for the grand final. In the final she received 51 points, landing her in eleventh place.

All of us here at escXtra wish all these six Eurovision stars the happiest of birthdays!  

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