We celebrated four Eurovision birthday stars yesterday. Today we add one, thus giving you five reasons to have a bit of xtra fun! The oldest, who is also a Eurovision winner, was born in 1950. The youngest, however, was the first millennial to participate; Kristian Kostov!
Jørgen Olsen, 68
Jørgen represented Denmark at the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. He did so as part of the duo Olsen Brothers, alongside his brother Niels. They performed the song “Fly On the Wings of Love”, winning the contest, thus allowing Denmark to host the most massive contest in the history of Eurovision.
Mattis Hætta, 59
Mattis Hætta represented Norway at the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest in the Hague. He did so alongside Sverre Kjeldsberg. Together they performed the song “Sámiid ædnan”. The song was performed in Norwegian and North Sami. Mattis contributed a lovely joik to the performance.
Laka represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade. He performed his own song “Pokušaj” in the first semi-final. There he finished in ninth place, thus just making it to the grand final. In the final he finished tenth.
Thea Garret, 26
Thea represented Malta at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo. She performed the ballad “My Dream” in the first semi-final. There she finished in 12th place, thereby failing to qualify for the grand final.
Kristian Kostov, 18
Kristian Kostov represented Bulgaria at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. He performed the beautiful song “Beautiful Mess” in the first semi-final. He won his semi by a landslide; more than 170 points ahead of number two. Due to this he of course sailed into the grand final as one of the big favorites. In the final however, it was Salvador Sobral‘s turn to win by a landslide. He beat Kristian, who finished second, with over 100 points.
All of us here at escXtra wish these five Eurostars the very best of birthdays!