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An Xtra Happy Birthday; March 14th!

Four Eurovision stars are celebrating their birthdays today! Three of them are well over 50 years old, while the fourth isn’t even half way there yet. Two of them participated in Eurovision in the 70s, while the youngest will participate in 2018. We give you Alfred Garcia! 

Mariza Koch, 74

Mariza Koch represented Greece at the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest in The Hague. She performed the song “Panagia Mou, Panagia Mou”. She finished 13th out of 18 participating countries.

Kim Floor, 70

Kim Floor represented Finland at the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest in Edinburgh. He did so together with Päivi Paunu, performing the song “Muistathan”. At the end of the night, they had recieved 78 points, thus finishing in 12th place.

Toñi Salazar, 55

Toñi represented Spain at the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest in Zagreb. She did so as half of the duo Azúcar Moreno. The other half of the duo was her sister, Encarna Salazar. From starting position one, they performed the very dramatic, flamenco influenced entry “Bandido”. When all the votes had been counted, they finished in fifth place, having received 96 points.
In addition to the wonderful song, the classy performance and the great result, they will also be remembered for the technical “scandal” that happened at the start of their performance. There was a loooooong delay to the start of their backing track, which led to them missing their cue. They left the stage, and the whole thing had to start over again. Many singers would have become nervous after an incident like this, not these two however. As you can see in the video below, they came back out and gave us possibly the fiercest performance in the history of Eurovision.

Alfred Garcia, 21

Alfred García hasn’t represented Spain yet, but he will, at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. He will do so alongside Amaia Romero. The duo will perform the song “Tu canción”.

All of us here at escXtra want to wish Alfred, Kim, Mariza and Toñi the happiest of birthdays! 

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