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Candan Erçetin  from Klips ve Onlar

Candan Ercetin might be a strange name for you but if you remember Eurovision 1986 you will notice that one of the girls from Turkish band Klips ve Onlar is actually Candan Ercetin. 

 

Before Eurovision she was a student of Archaeology at the Instambul University. She had taken the place of Seden Gurel who was the member of the group but didn't go in order to complete her final exams in the University. So she took the Halley´s Comet to Eurovision and started a musical career.

After Eurovision, in January 1996, she completed her first solo album "Hazırım" ("I'm Ready") based on Thracian themes. In the same year, she received an award from Alem FM music radio for her album being one of the best selling Turkish pop albums of the year. In July 1996, she released her best selling single EP "Sevdim Sevilmedim", the first ever Turkish remix album.

Since then, she released 14 original albums and some remixes of them. 

Being extremely popular in Turkey, Candan has a weekly show on TV. Since March 2007 she has been presenting her own music programme called "Candan Erçetin'le Beraber ve Solo Şarkılar" ("Songs With Candan Erçetin and Solo Performances") by TRT in which she hosts a singer and performs both by herself and together with the guest singer.

Big moments in her professional life happened when, in October 1998, the video clip for her song "Her Aşk Bitermiş" ("Every Love Ends") won the French music channel MCM's "Best Direction" award in the Second Mediterranean Video Music Awards. In 2013 she was awarded French President Francois Hollande with the title Knight of Arts and Literature and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres medal. 

Ah Bu Şarkıların Gözü Kör Olsun is the title of her latest album.

Karel Gott

Karel Gott is considered the most successful male singer in Czech Republic; he was elected the Most Favorite Male Singer in the annual national poll Český slavík in total thirty-nine times. He also gained widespread fame in the German-speaking countries and is a fluent speaker of the language.Worldwide he has sold estimated 50 - 100 million records with his songs, 23 million of them in the German speaking market, and about 15 million in former Czechoslovakia and the Czech and Slovak Republic. Of his debute LP in Russia (Melodiya, 1977) there were sold over 5,5 million copies.

 

Before Eurovision, Karel was a amateur singer, but in 1960 he decided  tostudy opera at the Prague Conservatory. In 1962, Gott released his first single with Supraphon. Some hits after, in 1967, Gott performed at MIDEM, the International Fair of Record Companies and Music Producers in Cannes, France, where the applause was measured during every concert. He surprised everyone by achieving a level of 54 to Tom Jones' 58. Following this event, Gott signed a contract with the Polydor / Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft record company, renewing it several times until it became a life contract in 1997. Between 1967 and 2000, Polydor released over 125 albums and 72 singles for Karel Gott in German speaking countries in Europe. Gott represented Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest 1968 with the song Tausend Fenster, finishing in 13th place.

After Eurovision, he released 29 original Albums, having a great success in Germany, Czech Republic and Austria; 4 Live Albums and a lot of compilations.

His latest album is a set of 5 CDs containing duets he recorded along his carreer. Karel Gott is now 76 years old. The first single of the new Album is: 

Julio Iglesias

Julio Iglesias represented Spain in 1970 placing 4 with Gwendolyne. He is a Grammy Award-winning Spanish singer and songwriter who has sold 120–300 million records worldwide in 14 languages and released more than 80 albums, and more than 2,600 gold and platinum records certified, making him one of the best selling artists of all time.

 

Before Eurovision - He was a young law student and In the earliest years of his young adulthood, he was a goalkeeper for Real Madrid Castilla. His professional football career ended when he had a serious car accident, due to which he was unable to walk for two years.During his stay in the hospital he learned to play guitar and in 1968 he won the Benidorm International Song Festival, a songwriter's event in Spain, with the song "La vida sigue igual". 

After Eurovision - He had a number one hit in many European countries with "Un Canto A Galicia", sung in Galician, in honour of his father. That single sold 1 million copies in Germany. In 1975 he found success in the Italian market by recording a song exclusively in Italian called "Se mi lasci non vale". Notable albums from this decade are A Flor de Piel (1974, with the European hit "Manuela"), "El Amor" (1975), and "Soy" (1973). He also sang in French. In 1979 he moved to Miami, Florida, in the United States, signed a deal with CBS International, and started singing in different languages such as English, French, Portuguese, German and other languages to his music. Iglesias released the album, De Niña a Mujer (1981), dedicated to his daughter (who shared the cover photo with him), from it came the first English-language hit, a Spanish cover of "Begin the Beguine" which became number 1 in the United Kingdom. The hits continued during the 80's making popular hits along with Diana Ross or as a solo artist.The albuns Libra or Tango are some of his platinum records worldwide. He is the father of Enrique Iglesias.

26 albums later, Julio is back with the album Mexico to be released next 25th. 

Frances Ruffelle

Frances represented the UK in 1994 She sang all eight (8) songs at the pre-selection, and British televoters chose "Lonely Symphony" to represent the UK, by televoting. She ended 10th at the contest in Dublin.

Before Eurovision,  Ruffelle also gained success on the screen. Her film credits include roles in The Wildcats of St Trinian's (1980), P'tang, Yang, Kipperbang(1982). Ruffelle's first West End appearance was as Louisa in Terence Rattigan's The Sleeping Prince. In 1984, she took on the principal role of Dinah in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express in the original London cast. A year later, she had left Starlight and joined the original London cast of Les Misérables as Éponine. Though virtually an unknown outside of the West End, she and Colm Wilkinson were invited to reprise their roles for the Broadway launch. Ruffelle won multiple awards (including the Tony) for her role.

After Eurovision, she continued her career in Films and Theatres. Pam Gem's Piaf, Pippin, Chicago; the film Les Misérables or the TV serie Birds of a Feather are only a few examples. Frances recorded 6 original albums since 1994, the last I Say Yeh-Yeh to be released next month.