An Xtra Happy Birthday; 22 July!

Greetings to Ireland, Belgium and Moldova!

After a completely Eurovision birthday free day yesterday, we return with three Eurostars to celebrate today! They are all fairly recent participants (2006-2013), they all did worse than they hoped at Eurovision (two didn’t qualify for the final, the third finished last in the final) and they all had interesting props on stage with them (fluorecent microphone stands, a teddy bear, impressive drummers…eh; I mean drums…). And one of them is just starting her summer tour across Europe; Kate Ryan! 

Geta Burlacu, 44

Geta represented Moldova at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade. She is first and foremost a jazz singer who also does folk and classical music. Her jazz background is also very clear when you listen to her Eurovision entry “A Century of Love”. The song even includes a jazz trumpet! At Eurovision Geta finished 12th in her semi-final, thus not qualifying for the grand final.

Kate Ryan, 38

Kate Ryan represented Belgium at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest in Athens. At that time, she already had quite a few chart successes under her belt. Due to this, most people took it for granted that she would qualify for the final. Not only that; she was one of the pre-contest favorites to win. Due to this, it came as somewhat of a shock when she only recieved 69 points, finishing 12th in her semi. Her entry, “Je t’adore” is still a huge fan favorite, however, and a guaranteed dancefloor filler at any Eurovision party!

Ryan Dolan, 33

Ryan represented Ireland at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö. He qualified for the grand final with his song “Only Love Survives”. However, in the final he failed to make people pick up the phone and vote for him, thus finishing dead last. Post Eurovision Ryan Dolan has released two albums. His biggest success is the video of his song “Start Again“. The official video has more than 2,5 million views on Youtube.

All of us here at escXtra wish Geta, Kate and Ryan the happiest of birthdays!!

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