An Xtra Happy Birthday; 25 June

Greetings to Ireland, Poland and Belgiumx2!

Yesterday we celebrated five Eurovision artists on their birthday. Today we bring you four; one birthday girl and three boys. None of the won the contest, but we do have a second place and a fifth! On the other end of the spectrum we also have a non-qualifier. The most successful, at least in Eurovision terms, is Marc Roberts, who celebrates his 50th birthday today! 

Jacques Zegers,76

Jacques Zegers represented Belgium at the 1984 Eurovision Song Contest in Luxembourg City. He performed the song “Avanti la vie”, finishing in fifth place, having recieved 70 points on the big night. In addition to singing the song, he is also the lyricist.

Marc Roberts, 50

Marc Roberts represented Ireland at the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest on home ground in Dublin. He performed the song “Mysterious Woman”, finishing in second place. He was only beaten by Katrina and the Waves, and their “Love Shine a Light”. Eleve years after his participation Marc decided to try his luck in the Irish pre-selection again. This time he performed his own song, “Chances”. He did not succeed in his attempt, however, as he lost to Dustin the Turkey and his “Irelande Douze Pointe“.

Nuno Resende, 45

Nuno Resende represented Belgium at the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. Being a long time lover of the French chanson it was only natural that he would perform…you guessed it; a French chanson; Le Grand Soir! He did however never make it to the grand soir, since he finished 22nd in the semi.

Cleo, 34

Cleo represented Poland at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen. She did so along with Donatan and a handful of Polish milkmaids. They performed the song “My Slowainie – We Are Slavic” in the second semi-final. There they finished in eighth place, thus qualifying for the grand final. In the final finished in 14th place. They might however be remembered more for the performance than for the song itself.

All of us here at escXtra wish Jacques, Marc, Nuno and Cleo an Xtra Happy Birthday!! 

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