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An Xtra Happy Birthday, week 43

October 25th

Today we send our greetings to another four Eurovision singers! They are from Belgium, Germany, Malta and Iceland. One of them is even a Eurovision winner; Nicole Seibert, who turns 54 today! 

Robert Cogori, 79

Robert Cogoi represented Belgium at the 1965 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen. There he performed his own song “Près de ma rivière”. He finished in joint 10th place out of 16 participating countries.

ESC 1964 15 - Belgium - Robert Cogoi - Près De Ma RivièreESC 1964 15 – Belgium – Robert Cogoi – Près De Ma Rivière

Mary Spiteri, 71

Mary has taken part in the national selection few times. However in 1992 she won the Maltese Contest with the song with the song “Little Child”. Her sweet entry did well. that is  placed in 3rd place. She also managed to hold one note for 13 seconds, which is Eurovision’s longest note..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-f7xeeAxhA

Nicole Seibert, 54

Nicole Seibert represented Germany at the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest in Harrogate. She won the contest with Ralph Siegel’s song “Ein bißchen Frieden”, eventually giving Germany their first victory. “Ein bißchen Frieden” later went on to become one of the most successful winners in the history of the contest. Consequently is was translated to more than ten languages, for instance Czech and Norwegian! Nicole herself recorded five different versions of the song, in different languages or combination of languages.

Eurovision Song Contest 1982 - Germany - Nicole - Ein bisschen Frieden [HQ]Eurovision Song Contest 1982 – Germany – Nicole – Ein bisschen Frieden [HQ]

Pálmi Sigurhjartarson, 53

Pálmi represented Iceland at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Dusseldorf. He did so as part of the group Sjonni’s Friends. In their semi-final they were the tenth and last qualifier to be called. As a result they became one of the 25 finalists. They performed the song “Coming Home”, finishing 20th in the grand final. Pálmi is the group’s piano player.

Sjonni's Friends - Coming Home (Iceland) - Live - 2011 Eurovision Song Contest FinalSjonni’s Friends – Coming Home (Iceland) – Live – 2011 Eurovision Song Contest Final
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Hlynur Sigurðsson

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