On this day 25 years ago, Ann Sophie was born in London, England. On the same day, less than 1,000 kilometres away, Mélanie René was born in Geneva, Switzerland. Twenty-five years later, these two girls would share one unfortunate reality: at Eurovision 2015 they both finished last.
Switzerland’s Mélanie René
For Mélanie René, who competed in the second semi final, the running order always looked ominous: she had to perform immediately after the red hot favourite and eventual winner Måns Zelmerlöw. Even so, the bookmakers still considered her to have an outside chance to qualify, with much better odds than the likes of Portugal and San Marino.
When the smoke had cleared, however, Switzerland was not among the ten qualifiers to advance. While this may not have come as a surprise, the full results revealed that she had finished with just 4 points, receiving a single point each from Norway, Azerbaijan, Iceland and Poland. That’s the least amount of points awarded to a Semi Finalist since Michael von der Heide got just 2 points for Switzerland at the 2010 Contest. Clearly, this wasn’t her time to shine!
Germany’s Ann Sophie
For Ann Sophie, qualifying for the Grand Final was much simpler, courtesy of Germany’s Big Five status. After her controversial USFÖ ‘victory’, few expected the German diva to turn silver into gold in Vienna. However, her finish at the bottom of the table with nil points raised a few eyebrows. Along with Austria’s The Makemakes, she had become the first act to receive the dreaded score since Jemini in 2003.
As Eurovision 2015 came to an end, these two women who share a birthday were left with a total of four points between them. Ouch!
What do you think of the Eurovision 2015 birthday curse? Were these divas doomed from the start?