An Xtra Happy Birthday; 26 June

Greetings to Iceland, Finland and Latvia!

Yesterday on 25th of June four Eurovision artist celebrated their birthday. Today however there are the Eurovision performers that have a birthday. All three of the Eurovision guys are from Northen Europe and two of them are Nordic. Amen, Stefán Hilmarsson and JOWST are born on this day.

Stefán Hilmarsson, 52

Stefán Hilmar has participated in Eurovision no less than SIX times; twice as backing vocalist (1995, 1999), twice as songwriter (1992, 1994) and twice as singer (1988, 1991). In 1988 he performed “Þú og Þeir (Sokrates)” as part of Beathoven, finishing 16th. Three years later he represented Iceland again, this time alongside Eyfi (Eyjólfur Kristjánsson, who also wrote their song), this time finishing 15th with the song “Draumur um Nínu”.

Amen, 46

Amen (Jussi Antero Sydänmaa) is the guitarist and one of the founding members of Lordi, Finland’s only Eurovision winners to date. The monster rockers surprised quite a few, both fans and casual viewers, when they took to the Eurovision stage as their monster personae! However, they managed to make a huge number of people across Europe pick up their phones and vote for them! A curious fact; they won both the semi final and the final with 292 points.


He is the songwriter and one of the performers of Norway’s 2017 Eurovision entry, “Grab the Moment”. JOWST and his “duet partner” Aleksander finished 5th in the second semi final in Kyiv. In the grand final they grabbed the final spot in the top 10.

All of us here at escXtra wish Stefán, Amen and JOWST an Xtra happy birthday! 

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