If you know your history, our friends in the United Kingdom of stuff were once masters of our favourite TV show. They didn't win every year, but they put up a good showing. They even hosted more then their share of contests.

Which brings me to the last time it was in Mr Phil's homeland. It was 1998 - only 20 years ago - and to some was a corker of a year. I have to agree as the crop of songs was easily above average. Yes, even Switzerland. It even spawned a couple of fresh-faced teenagers. One of those is today's birthday boy Μιχάλης Χατζηγιάννης/Michael Hajiyanni. His name can be spelt several ways. He finished 11th - top half - and scored off ten countries. I understand he's still a big name in the Hellenic world, and if he was belting songs out like at 19, he must be good now.

Michael is 40 - yes, 40 - today.

Χαρούμενα γενέθλια, Μιχάλης!