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An Xtra Happy Birthday; March 22nd!

Yesterday on 21st of March two Eurovision singers celebrated their birthday. Today there are three artists that have a birthday. One the artists performed at the first ever Eurovision, the second at the 16th year, and the third one at the 56th contest. Tonina Torrielli, Ruud Schaap and Zoli Ádok were born on this day.

Tonina Torrielli, 84

At the first ever Eurovision, Tonina sang one of the two songs that Italy sent to the contest. Therefore she sang the song “Amani se vuoi”. The first place was only announced that evening.

Ruud Schaap, 73

Ruud Schaap was better known as Serge at Eurovision. He along with Saskia, took part two times at the national selection in The Netherlands. First time in 1970 with the song, “Het Spinnewiel” but came in second. The couple tried again in 1971 where they won the national selection. That is why they performed the song “Tijd” in Dublin. There they got 85 points, same as Sweden and shared the sixth place.

Zoli Ádok, 42

In 2009 the winner of the national selection in Hungary was disqualified and the runner up withdrew from the contest. Therefore Zoli, who placed third in the selection, got the chance to go to Moscow. There he performed his song “Dance With Me”, where he literally dance all over the stage with three female dancers. The song did not advance to the final from the second semifinal.

We all here at escXtra would like to wish them all a great happy birthday!

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Hlynur Sigurðsson

Icelandic Eurovision fan!

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