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What do they look like now? Eurovision stars from the past: Part One

22 August 2017 at 09:00 CEST
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Have you ever wondered what some of the Eurovision stars from the past are up to nowadays or more specifically, what they look like now? In the first of a two-part series we go back in time to see which stars have changed and which ones have stayed the same. Today, it's all about the girls. Would you still recognise these artists if you met them on the street?

Annie Cotton (Switzerland 1993)

Annie Cotton was born in Canada and represented Switzerland in 1993 with the song Moi, tout simplement. She came third with 148 points, right behind Sonia from the United Kingdom and eventual winner Niamh Kavanagh from Ireland. Annie is also an actress and has appeared in numerous TV shows in Canada. This was Annie Cotton in 1993:

Willeke Alberti (The Netherlands 1994)

Dutch singer Willeke Alberti represented the Netherlands in 1994 with the song Waar is de zon? She came 23rd out of 25 countries participating. Ireland’s Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan were the winners with the song Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids. 

In 2015 Willeke celebrated her 70th birthday and 60 years of being in the music industry. Even though she’s in her seventies, Willeke keeps on going. In 2017 she started her own clothing line, designed by her and Erna de Reuver. A part of the income goes to the Willeke Alberti Foundation, which helps seniors and people with mental illness. This was Willeke Alberti in 1994:

Kate Ryan (Belgium 2006)

Kate Ryan represented Belgium in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with her song Je t’adore. In a shock result, she failed to make it to the final, despite beinng tipped as a possible winner. Despite the lack of succes in the contest, the song became a number one hit in the Belgian and Polish charts. Finland’s Lordi famously won that year with their song Hard Rock Hallelujah. They scored 292 points, the highest amount of points ever achieved at that time. Kate continues to perform in Europe and this was her in 2006:

Emmelie de Forest (Denmark 2014)

Emmelie de Forest had her breakthrough in music thanks to participating in the 2013 edition of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, the Danish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. She won the national final and got to represent Denmark in Sweden with her song Only Teardrops. She won Eurovision with 281 points and brought the Eurovision Song Contest to Denmark for the third time. 

In recent years Emmelie has turned her attention to songwriting and co-wrote the UK entry this uear, Never Give Up On You, performed by Lucie Jones. The song finished 15th in the Grand Final, the UK's best placing since 2011. This was Emmelie in 2013:

Vikki (United Kingdom 1985)

Vikki Watson represented the United Kingdom in 1985 with her song Love Is. She came fourth with 100 points. It was the first time that Norway had won the Eurovision Song Contest. Bobbysocks! and their song La det swinge, took the country to the top of the Eurovision scoreboard for the first time. 

Vikki now resides in Los Angeles, California and performs under the name Aeone. You might recognise her music from one of the seventy movie trailers including Inferno, Jurassic World, Tomb Raider and Something’s Gotta Give. This was Vikki in 1985:

Carola (Sweden 1983, 1991, 2006)

Carola made her breakthrough in the Swedish music scene in 1983 when she won the Swedish selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Melodifestivalen. She finished third with the song Främling, just behind Israel which placed second and winners Luxembourg with the song Si la vie est cadeau, sung by Corinne Hermès. It was the last time that Luxembourg won but it certainly wasn't the last time we'd see Carola in Eurovision. She returned to win in 1991 and participated again in 2006, finishing fifth. This was Carola in 1983:

Barbara Dex (Belgium 1993)

Barbara Dex was selected to represent Belgium at the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Iemand als jij. Unfortunately she came in last with only three points. Her dress on the night, which she made herself, went on to inspire the Barbara Dex Awards which is a humorous and affectionate award given to the "worst dressed" artist each year in the contest. Barbara has embraced this dubious accolade; "I can laugh about it but it's about the song, not about what you wear on stage. It's nice to have an award named after you." In 2004 she took part in the Belgian national final again but was beaten to the Eurovision stage by Xandee and the song 1 Life. Barbara took part in the Belgian final again in 2006, finishing second to Kate Ryan. This was Barbara Dex in 1993:

Celine Dion (Switzerland 1988)

French-Canadian Céline Dion represented Switzerland in the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Ne partez pas sans moi. After a tense battle during the voting, she beat the UK's Scott Fitzgerald by just one point. The singer went on to become one of the biggest selling female artists in history, selling over 220 million albums worldwide. She has her own residency show in Las Vegas and celebrated her 1000th concert there in October 2016. This was Céline Dion in 1988:

Moran Mazor (Israel 2013)

Moran Mazor represented Israel in 2013, after participating in the national selection Kdam. She performed her song Rak Bishvilo (Only for him) in Swedish city Malmö, but didn’t make it to the final. This was Moran Mazor in 2013:

Daniela Varela (Portugal 2009)

Daniela Varela represented Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, held in Moscow, Russia. She was the lead singer of the band Flor-de-Lis. The band performed the song Todas As Ruas Do Amor and finished in fifteenth place with 57 points. Alexander Rybak from Norway won the contest in 2009 with the song Fairytale. Daniela currently lives in Lisbon and divides her time between working in tourism and as the lead singer of Flor-de-Lis. This was Daniela Varela in 2009:

Next week we'll have a look at how much some of the male Eurovision stars have changed over the years.