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An Xtra Happy Birthday; Week 1

Well it is also the last week of 2018, but it would make the title so much longer. But this week there are twenty Eurovision Stars that celebrate their birthday, bit more then last week. Six of them have a big anniversary and out of them three are turning 40. Including Gisela who represented Andorra.

December 31st

Siw Malmkvist, 82

Siw has participated in Meldifestivalen 7 times. The song she sang, “Augustin“, in 1959 won the contest, however Sverge radio chose Brita Borg to go instead. The following year she was selected by Sverge radio, to preform the winning song of Meldodifestivalen, “Alla Andra Far Varann”. Therefore she got to sing at the stage in London in that year. Where she placed 10th out of 13 acts. The following year, 1961, she won the Meldodifestivalen with the song “April, april” despite the fact she forgot the lyrics. The song went to Cannes, but Sverge radio picked someone else to go instead of her.

Her next chance at Eurovision was in 1979, when Germany selected her to perform the song “Prima Ballerina”  in Madrid. At contest she shared the 9th place with her home country Sweden.

John Alford, 79

John along with Bob Day, took part at Eurovision in 1961 on UK’s behalf. They were the The Allisons “brothers” and sang “Are You Sure”. They did really well and got 24 points, that is 2nd place at the contest.

Benedikt Brynleifsson, 39

Iceland selected the group”Sjonni’s Friends” to represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 which was held in Düsseldorf, Germany. Their song “Coming Home” was composed by their friend Sjonni Brink, who died just few days before he was to perform it at the third semi final of Söngvakeppnin. The band was put together with his friend, one of them is Benedikt who has birthday today. There song advanced from theit semifinal to the grand final. Where they got 61 point and therefore ended in 20th place.

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