9 April – I feel like I’ve been cured

There’s a long list of countries that have never won our favourite TV show. Will one of them win this year in Tel Aviv? Or will it be Sweden somewhere dull?

However, there is one country that claims a win, even though it didn’t exist at the time it ‘won’. It’s Croatia, and we can all agree that Zagreb has hosted a contest, Croatia was technically not the official nation at the time. But our Croat friends are usually willing participants, and have come close in some years – namely a couple of fourth places. In 2002 they sent Vesna Pisarović, apparently the most photographed woman in the country. She came 11th. But undaunted, she wrote a song for Bosnian Deen two years later, finishing two places better. It goes to show that Ms Pisarović isn’t just a pretty face.

Vesna is 41 today.

Sretan rođendan, Vesna!