An Xtra Happy Birthday; 24 July!

Greetings to Iceland, Sweden, Monaco and Belgium!

We have another four Eurovision stars to celebrate today! Their ages range from 63 to 31. And their Eurovision results range from 4th to not even qualifying for the final. Oh, and between them they have six Eurovision participations. This is all because Sigga has taken part three times!  

Reynaert, 63

Reynaert (Joseph Reynaerts) represented Belgium at the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin. He performed in French, and the song was called”Laissez briller le soleil”. He only managed to get points from the French jury, thus finishing 18th out of the 21 countries that participated.

Sigga, 56

Sigriður Beinteinsdóttir, better known as Sigga, has represented Iceland in Eurovision three times. In 1990 she participated as part of the duo Stjórnin, along with Grétar Örvarsson. They performed “Eitt lag enn”, finishing in 4th place. Two years later, they were joined by Sigrún Eva Ármannsdóttir and Friðrik Karlsson in the group Heart 2 Heart. They finished 7th with “Nei eða já“. Fast forward another two years, to 1994, and Sigga was back, on her own this time. In Dublin she finished 12th with “Nætur“. She was also one of the backing singers for Silvia Night in Belgrade in 2008.

Mikael Jepson, 44

Mikael Jepson, often refered to as just Jepson, represented Sweden at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki. He did so as part of the wonderful glam rock band The Ark. They performed their song, “The Worrying Kind”. Due to Carola’s fifth place in the 2006 final, they were pre-qualified for the final. Some people have questioned how likely it is that they would have qualified for the final if they’d had to go through the semi, however. In the final they finished in a rather disappointing 18th place.

Maryon, 31

Maryon Gargiuolo represented Monaco at the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest in Istanbul. This was the year when Monaco returned after having been absent from the contest since 1979. Her song was “Notre Planete”, a pretty uptempo song about taking care of our planet, especially the Mediterranean Sea. Maryon finished 20th out of 22 countries in the semi-final, thus failing to for the grand final.

All of us here at escXtra wish today’s Eurovision birthday stars the happiest of celebrations! 

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