Manuel Ortega (singer)

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Manuel Ortega
Manuel Ortega, January 2008
Manuel Ortega, January 2008
Background information
Born (1980-04-08) 8 April 1980 (age 40)
Steyregg, Austria

Manuel Ortega (born Manuel Hanke, Steyregg, 8 April 1980) is an Austrian singer.[1]

The son of a Spanish mother and an Austrian father, Ortega began his career as a singer when he was 10 years old. He sang with the Florianer Sängerknaben in one of the oldest choirs from Austria. His love for pop music led to him joining a band called BAFF when he was a teenager. Starting from an early age, meant Ortega has been able to make over 200 stages performances as of 2003. When he was 17, he took part in a search for talent and was chosen out of 1300 entrants to be the singer of a new group. Whilst successful, the group was not enough for Ortega and in 2001 he began a solo career.[citation needed]

The song El Amor, La Vida was the Austrian summer hit of 2001. In 2002 he represented Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest[1] with the song Say A Word. He participated in the 3rd Season of the Ukrainian Dancing With the Stars (so-called International League of Champions) where he danced with the Ukrainian ballroom dancer, and Eurovision Dance Contest 2007 runner-up Yulia Okropiridze.


  1. ^ a b Michael Osborn (17 May 2002). "A vision of Euro musical riches". BBC. Retrieved 4 February 2011.

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Preceded by
Marika Lichter & Andy Kainz
Dancing Stars winner
Season 2 (2006 with Kelly Kainz)
Succeeded by
Klaus Eberhartinger & Kelly Kainz
Preceded by
The Rounder Girls
Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Alf Poier