An Xtra Happy Birthday; week 40!

October 3rd

Today there are four Eurovision stars to celebrate; two girls and two guys. Two of them finished top ten, one of them however also finished last. The oldest took part twice, for two different countries, another was part of her country’s Eurovision debut. 

Tereza Kesovija, 80

Tereza is one of the few singers who have taken part in Eurovision more than once. Moreover, she’s a member of an even more exclusive group; like Elpida, who turned 68 two days ago, Tereza has also represented more than one country at the contest! Her first participation was in 1966, when she was selected by none other than Grace Kelly to represent Monaco. In Luxembourg City, she performed the song “Bien plus fort“, translating to “Much stronger”. Unfortunately,  the result wasn’t very strong, as she finished in shared last place. Six years later she finished much stronger, when she finished in ninth place. This time she represented Yugoslavia with “Muzika i ti”.

Helga Möller, 61

Helga Möller represented Iceland in the country’s Eurovision debut in Bergen in 1986. She did so as part of the trio Icy, alongside Eirikur Hauksson and Pálmi Gunnarsson. They performed the song “Gleðibankinn (Bank of Joy)”. Even though Iceland had high hopes with this cheerful song, it only made it to 16th place out of 20. Despite that many Icelanders will say that this is their favorite Icelandic Eurovision entry up to this day.

Martin Stenmarck, 46

Sweden  picked the singer Martin in 2005, and weirdly kinda also another Continent. Since his song is called “Las Vegas”. He put on a show in at the grand final in Kyiv. The song ended in the 19th place. To our knowledge, he is the only Swedish Eurovision artist who has publically asked the country’s forgiveness for failing to give Sweden a good result at the contest. 

Kjetil Mørland, 38

Mørland perfomed with Debrah Scarlett for Norway in 2015. They performed the beautiful and dramatic ballad “A Monster Like Me” in the second semi final. They finished fourth in their semi, thus qualifying for the grand final. On the Saturday night they ended up with 108 points, landing them in 8th place out of 27 songs. Kjetil and Debrah came to London Eurovision party in 2015, where they performed their song live as well as chatted with us here at Escxtra.

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