#BIRTHDAY: Kaliopi from North Macedonia is 56 today

#BIRTHDAY: Kaliopi from North Macedonia is 56 today

We often talk about those that take part in our favourite TV show over and over again. And also we talk about those trailblazers. Well, today we have someone who fulfils both criteria.

Back in 1996, you’ll know that there was a preselection to pick the 23 participants for the contest in Oslo. Six songs fell away, and some of those should possibly have qualified. Just like any other preselection/semi-final. One of those came from today’s birthday girl Калиопи Букле/Kaliopi Bukle (also known as Kaliopi Grill). Not one to let a setback like non-qualification stand in her way, she came back in 2012 and 2016. One of those entries earned her a place in the Grand Final. The other gave her a near miss. Anyway, with such an œuvre of work to choose from, we’ve gone for that trailblazing first attempt at Eurovision glory.

Authors: Riigi Ametnik, John Stanton


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