13 October – It was time for heaven to remember me at last

Some countries often go through the doldrums. No matter what they try, they can’t catch the ear or eye of the juror or televoter, however earnest a performance is.

Our friends in France have experienced the highs and lows, with five wins and also a number of lower places, particularly in the first part of the 21st Century. One such low came in 2006 when Virginie Pouchain went to Athens with her gentle song, accompanied by an able cellist. She scored points from one Francophone nation, and one other. They know who they are. Virginie is still in music, with appearances here and there on TV. Who says Eurovision kills careers?

Virginie is 43 today.

Bonne anniversaire, Virginie!