Yes, I've been away for a while. I've been trying to get to the bottom of Elina's dress projection dilemma. But it's all been a waste of time.

In a mere three weeks, some countries will be on stage in Lisbon, rehearsing their little hearts out and hoping they've got the right stuff to win. As it's in Portugal, it's only fair I pick a Portuguese birthday, and today it's birthday girl Dulce (José Silva Pontes). We all know that her country's results have been up and down over the years (mostly down), but Dulce finished a respectable eighth place. Will they manage it next month?

Dulce is 49 today.

Feliz aniversário, Dulce!