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An Xtra Happy Birthday; 2 August!

Greetings to Poland, Romania, Spain and Bulgaria!

Yesterday, on the first day of August, we celebrated two Eurovision stars; one boy and one girl. Today we give you double that; two birthday girls and two birthday Vlads! One of the girls even won the contest! Both of the Vlads were among my favorites entries in their year, and their birthday gives us a perfect excuse to listen to their songs again! (Yes, Wiv’s struggling to keep her feelings to herself again. (Sorry, not really sorry!)) We give you Vlado Mihailov and Vlad Miriță!

Massiel, 71

Massiel represented Spain at the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest in London. She performed the song “La, la, la”, earning a total of 29 points. This means she got one point more than the massive pre-contest favorite, Cliff Richard and his “Congratualtions”, thus winning the contest!

Justyna Steczkowska, 46

Justyna represented Poland at the 1995 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin. She did so with the song “Sama”, meaning Alone. This was only the second time Poland participated in the contest, and after Edyta Gorniak’s second place the previous year, their hopes were high. Unfortunately, the juries didn’t fall for “Sama” in the same way as they had “To nie ja”. Justyna only received 15 points, thus finishing in 18th place out of 23 participants.

Vlad Miriță, 37

Vlad represented Romania at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade. He did so as part of the duo Nico and Vlad, with Nicoleta Matei. They performed the big ballad “Pe-o margine de lume” in the first semi-final. There they finished in seventh place, thus qualifying for the grand final. On the Saturday night, however, they only finished in 20th place, which is a great shame! These two great singers had deserved much better. Especially with this song, that I have managed to convince quite a few people is about drinking wine at the end of the world…which is a great idea! (Sorry; Wiv being personal again!)

Vlado Mihailov, 29

(We haven’t been able to find out exactly how old Vlado is, so we’re just gonna assume he’s 29. Like everybody else ;) )

Vlado Mihailov represented Bulgaria at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. He did so as part of the five-piece group EQUINOX, with their stunningly beautiful song “Bones”. Being one of the biggest pre-contest favorites, they very predictably qualified to the grand final from the first semi. However, they did so only in seventh place, which came as a surprise to a lot of people. In the final, they finsihed in 14th place, which was highly unexpected, and one of the most undeserved results in the history of the contest (Yes, I know I’m supposed to be unbiased…it’s just that somtimes that’s not possible!!) Oh, and btw, in case there are still people out there who haven’t heard the amazingly wonderful a capella version; here it is!

All of us here at escXtra wish Massiel, Justyna, Vlad and Vlado all the best on their special day! 

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