An Xtra Happy Birthday; March 2nd

Although March started out with just two Eurovision birthdays yesterday, it continues with today! Two of them are non-qualifiers, however the other two enjoyed strong top 10 finishes. One of today’s birthday girls is Mariya Yaremchuk! 

Nina Morato, 52

Nina Morato is the oldest of today’s birthday stars. She represented France at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin. Her song “Je suis un vrai garçon” recieved a lot of positive comments pre-contest. On the night she was awarded 74 points, thus finishing in a very respectable seventh place.

Gjoko Taneski, 41

Gjoko represented Macedonia at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo. He performed the song “Jas ja imam silata” in the first semi-final. He recieved no more than 37 points, thus finishing in a rather disappointing 15th place. Due to this, he did not get the opportunity to perform his song in the grand final.

Filipa Sousa, 33

Filipa Sousa represented Portugal at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku. She performed the song “Vida minha” in the second semi-final. There she finished in 13th place, thus failing to qualify for the grand final.

Mariya Yaremchuk, 25

The wonderful Mariya Yaremchuk represented Ukraine at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen. She competed in the first semi-final, finishing in fifth place. Because of this, she sailed into the grand final. Mariya recieved 113 points for “Tick-Tock”, thus finishing in sixth place. She might however be best remembered for her performance. The stage show included a handsome man running in a giant hamster wheel. This performance has become a Eurovision staging classics.
Don’t forget to check out this Throwback Thursday article. We took a closer look at Mariya’s song and performance. Do you agree with our comments?

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

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