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February 22nd

There are seven Eurovision performers that share this day. The oldest of them is one of the four winning acts of 1969.

Lenny Kuhr, 69

Only once in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest have we witnessed more than one song being crowned the winner. This happened in 1969, when no less than FOUR songs shared first place. One of the winners was Lenny Kuhr. She represented the Netherlands with her own song “De Troubadour”.

Alf Poier, 50

Alf Poier represented Austria at the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest in Riga. He performed the song “Weil der Mensch zählt”, finishing in a somewhat surprising sixth place. He used his song and performance as a way of making fun of Eurovision, thus very likely securing votes from tv viewers with a critical attitude towards the contest.

Sebastien Tellier, 44

Tellier represented France at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade. Sebastien, who is very popular and respected on the European electronica scene, drove onto the stage in a golf cart. His performance included him inhaling helium from a globe beach ball. Unfortunately his backing singers started out all wrong, thus the performance turned out quite the mess. He received only 47 points for his masterpiece, “Divine”, thereby finishing in a very disappointing 19th place.

Jenny Frost, 41

Jenny Frost represented the United Kingdom at the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest. She did so as part of the girl group Precious. They performed the song “Say It Again”, finishing in 12th place.

Bobbie Singer, 38

Like Jenny Frost, Bobbie Singer participated in Eurovision in 1999 in Jerusalem. She was selected internally to represented Austria with the song “Reflection”. She finished two places ahead of her “birthday sister”; thus making it into top 10.

Cristina Caramarcu, 31

Cristina performed with the band “The Humans” in Lisbon on behalf of Romania. She also performed with army of mannequin’s all over the stage. They performed the song “Goodbye” at the second semi final. Unfortunately their song did not advance to the final. Which is the first time Romania has failed to reach the final since the semis where introduced (not counting 2016).

Robin Stjernberg, 28

Robin represented Sweden at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest on homeground in Malmö. He performed the song “You”, finishing in a somewhat disappointing 14th place. Four years later he returned to the contest, this time as a songwriter. He co-wrote Robin Bengtsson’s “I Can’t Go On”.

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