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An Xtra Happy Birthday; week 42!

Wadde hadded dudde da! A total of 30 Eurovision participants celebrate their birthday this week! Two of them are Eurovision winners and another two finished second at the contest! 

October 15th

Today we celebrate four Eurovision birthday girls! One of them is the was the youngest one to ever win at Eurovision.

Anne Karine Strøm, 67

Anne Karine took part in Melodi Grand Prix six times in a row and actually won it three times! Her first two attempts weren’t too successful, however in her third try in 1973 she won. She did so with the band “Benedik singers”, thus representing Norway in Luxembourg city. Their song is called “It’s Just a Game” and ended in 7th place out of 17 acts. The other two times she took part, she did so as a solo artist. The second time was in 1974 in England, when she performed the song “The First Day of Love“. The last time she took part was in Netherlands in 1976 with the song “Mata Hari“. Despite much interest on Strøm’s behalf, however, both of these songs ended in last place at the finals.

Ingeborg, 52

Belgium selected Ingeborg’s song “Door de wind” (“Through the Wind”) to represent it in Switzerland, 1989. However the song had a difficulty to reach through the jury and gained 19th place out of 22 songs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smVKttN7OOw

Sandra Kim, 46

The fourth Eurovision birthday star of the day is none other than the Belgian winner Sandra Kim. She is known for being the youngest winner of Eurovision, as she was only 13 years old at the time. Since her victory, however, the rules have been changed. Participants now have to be at least 16 years old. Sandra participated in the contest in 1986 with the song “‘J’aime la vie” in Bergen, Norway.

Marina Djundyet, 32

Moldavia decided to bring a fun and lively act to Eurovision 2018. That is they picked the trio, DoReDos. Therefore Marina went on the stage in Lisbon.  Not just at the semifinal but also the Grand Final because people enjoyed their show.

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Hlynur Sigurðsson

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