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An Xtra Happy Birthday; February 15th

Two Eurovision birthday girls to celebrate yesterday, another two today. Oh, yes, and three birthday boys! And yes, we have a former winner. He is Nordic, and although he might not be considered “traditionally handsome”, he’s one of the coolest winners ever; Mr.Lordi turns 44 today! 

Wenche Myhre, 70

Wenche Myhre represented Germany at the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest in London. She performed the song “Ein Hoch der Liebe”, finishing in a very respectable 6th place. Wenche has made several more attempts at getting to Eurovision, both for Germany and her native Norway. The first time she tried her luck was in 1964, when she finished second in the Norwegian pre-selection. Her latest attempt was in 2009, when she participated in Melodi Grand Prix with “Alt har en mening nÃ¥“. However, this time she failed to reach the Norwegian final.

Anneli Saaristo, 69

Anneli represented Finland at the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest in Lausanne. She performed the song “La dolce vita”, finishing in a (for Finland) very impressive sevebth place! This was third time lucky for Anneli, as she had tried to represent her country at Eurovision twice before; in 1978 and 1984.

Guildo Horn, 55

Guildo Horn represented Germany at the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest 1998 in Birmingham. He finished seventh after performing the song “Guildo hat euch lieb!”

Mr. Lordi, 44

Mr.Lordi represented Finland at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest in Athens. He did so with his band Lordi. They gave Finland its first Eurovision victory wth their song “Hard Rock Hallelujah”. This was the first time a heavy rock entry won the contest.

Petr Elfimov, 38

Petr Elfimov represented Belarus at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow. He performed the song “Eyes That Never Lie” in the first semi-final. He only finished 13th out of 18 songs in the semi, thus failed to qualify for the grand final.

All of us here at escXtra want to wish today’s birthday stars the happiest of celebrations! 

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