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An Xtra Happy Birthday; 12 July

Greetings to Bosnia&Herzegovina and Albania!

Yesterday on 11th of July, four Eurovision artists celebrated their birthday. Today however two Eurovision singers have a birthday. One birthday boy and one birthday girl. She went three times to Eurovision, that is two times as backing vocalist and one time on her own. The birthday boy entered once but came very close to make it two times to Eurovision Song Contest. Maya Sar and Luiz Ejlli were born on the 12th of July.

Maya Sar, 37

Maya has taken part in Eurovision three times; twice as a backing singer for other artists and once on her own. In 2004 she did backing vocals for Deen on his entry “In the Disco“, finishing 9th in the grand final. Seven years later, she was back on the Eurovision stage, this time playing the piano and doing backing vocals for Dino Merlin on “Love in Rewind“. And again she was part of a top 10 result; this time a 6th place. The year after, in 2012, she was selected to perform the Bosnian entry, her own song “Korake ti znam”.  She qualified for the grand final, where she finished in a rather disappointing 18th place.

Luiz Ejlli, 33

Luiz represented Albania in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. He performed the song “Zarr e Ftohtë”, but failed to qualify for the grand final. His performance landed him in 14th place in the semi-final. He also participated in Festivali i Këngës the year before, when he finished 2nd with “Hëna Dhe Yjet Dashurojnë“.

We all here at escXtra would like to wish the two of them the best on their special day!

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Hlynur Sigurðsson

Icelandic Eurovision fan!

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