10 October – We all have a bench, a tree, a street

We have a winner for you today. A winner that many hold in very high esteem. The only winner from this particular country. So it makes the song extra special, right?

Back in the 1970s, it seems that most contests eventually fell to the BBC to stage. Countries were winning but not wanting to host. That’s fine, as it’s expensive to host our favourite TV show, and the BBC know what they’re doing. So, not for the last time, a contest in Ireland was followed by a contest in the UK of stuff. But who turned it down? Well, it’s a big birthday today for Séverine (née Josiane Grizeau) who is actually French, but sang for the Principality of Monaco. If you’ve never watched this contest, it’s great, as is the scoring system.

Séverine is 70 today.

Bonne anniversaire, Séverine!