An Xtra Happy Birthday; 16 July!

Greetings to Finland and United Kingdom!

Yesterday on 15th of July, four Eurovision performers celebrated their birthday. However today, there are two Eurovision singers that have a birthday today. One birthday lady and one birthday boy. One is over 70, the other just over 50. One finished top 10, the other dead last. But they have that in common is that they both performed in their native language. Andy Abraham and Monica Asepelund are born on this day.

Monica Aspelund , 72

Monica represented Finland in the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song “Lapponia”. She finished in 10th place, which might sound better than it really is. Back then, 10th place was “right hand side of the scoreboard”, since only 17 countries took part. Monica recorded “Lapponia” in Dutch, English, French, German and Swedish as well as Finnish.

Andy Abraham, 54

Andy was the United Kingdom representative in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade. He performed the song “Even If”, finishing in shared last place with Poland’s Isis Gee and her “For Life”. Andy also co-wrote his entry. He started his singing career when taking part at X factor in 2005 where he did very well.

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

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