Saturday, December 31, 2016


2016 has been a sad year in entertainment industry and also in the Eurovision world. So many familir names have left us. Here are some of them....

Sir Terry Wogan, the face of the British Eurovision at the age of 77. He commented the Eurovision for the BBC from 1971 to 2008, and hosted the show in 1998. He died of cancer.

Kevin aka Danny Finn of Prima Donna (UK 1980). He was married to Eve Graham and they both were also part of The New Seekers. He was 70.

Jānis Vaišļa of Pirates of the Sea (Latvia 2008) died at the age of 46 of heart complications. He had also competed in The Amazing Race with fellow pirate Alexandra Kurusova.

Lola Novaković (Yogoslavia 1962) died at the age of 80.

Roger Cicero (Germany 2007) died at the age of 45 of a stroke. He was to start a new tour and projects after releasing two albums in 2015.

The Eurovision 1957 winner Corry Brokken (The Netherlands) dies at the age of 83. She represented the Netherlands also in 1956 and 1958. In 1976 she hosted the contest and in 1997 she was the Dutch spokesperson. Besides that she was the only artist in the history who has won the contest and also come last.

Lasse Mårtensson (Finland 1964) dies at the age of 81. He also composed the Finnish entry in 1967, and wrote about a dozen national final songs over the years.

Riki Sorsa (Finland 1981) dies at the age of 63 of cancer. He battles against two cancers, winning the first but the second one was fatal. In his last year's he came a face to cancer and raised awareness and fought against smoking.

Sverre Kjeslberg (Norway 1980) died at the age of 69.

Denis Čabrić, the bassist of Regina (Bosnia-Herzegovina 2009) died at the age of 49.

Maltese lyricist Sunny Aquilina (70) died. He gave us entries like My dream (2010) and The one that I love (1998)

Esma Redžepova, The Queen of Gypsies, forster mom for 47 children and Eurovision 2013 entrant for Macedonia with Vlatko Lozaboski, left us at the age of 73.

Finland lost its third Eurovision star when Päivi Paunu died at the age of 70 of cancer.

Sad, sad Christmas in Russia. About 64 members (one third) of Aleksandrov Red Army choir and dance ensamble diedwhen their plane crashed into Black Sea on December 25. Many of them were part of the Eurovision 2009 act in Moscow. 

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