An Xtra Happy Birthday; week 40!

October 2nd

We have four Eurovision stars to celebrate today. Two of them even participated twice! No winners today, but one second place and another three top 10 results!  

Romina Power, 67

Romina Power represented Italy at both the 1976 and 1985 Eurovision Song Contests. Both times she participated alongside her husband Al Bano. In 1976 in The Hague, they performed the song “We’ll Live It All Again“. The juries awarded them 69 points, thus landing them in 7th place. Their next attempt was in 1985, in Gothenburg. This time they performed the song “Magic oh Magic”, which has turned into some of a Eurovision classic. Again, they finished in seventh place.   

David D’Or, 53

IBA (Israel Broadcast Authority) picked David Naihasi to perform in Istanbul in 2004. He had been doing great things in Israel with his singing. His voice is quite special, as his vocal spans more than four octaves. And of course we got to witness his talent at Eurovision where he sang the ballad “Leha’amin (To believe)” at semi final. Where his vocals went high with the aim of encouraging people to have faith even though things are cloudy. Unfortunately for David, he was one placing short of reaching the final. He got 57 points and thus getting the 11th place at the semi-final.

Eddie Butler, 47

Like David, Eddie also performed for Israel. On the other hand, Butler had the chance to go two times to Eurovision. The first time he went, he went with his brother and two others as the group “Eden”. They performed the song “Happy Birthday” in 1999 in Israel. They did good and surely celebrated a lot for they ended up in 5th place out of 23 acts. 
The second time was in 2006 in Athens, Greece. There he performed the song “”Ze Hazman (This is the time)” or as it called in English “Together we are One”. Unfortunately, despite the songs name, it did not gather people at that time. For it only got 4 points from France, leaving it to second-to-last place.

Verka Serduchka, 45

Today is Andriy Danylko’s birthday, who we know as Verka. So technically it’s his birthday, for her real birthday and age is not told. Obviously we at EscXra don’t know since  it’s not nice to ask this fancy lady how old she is. Andriy as Verka had become quite famous in Ukraine before she became famous in Eurovision. Her song “Dancing Lasha Tumbai” was sung in a total of four languages, not counting the gibberish title. The extra shiny and over the top performance gave her great success at the 2007 contest in Helsinki. Serduchka came second after Serbia. In addition to that she was part of Ukraine´s interval acts in 2017.

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