As you’ll know, there have been 65 contests. So that means 65 home entries. We had one yesterday, and we’ve got another one today. Are you excited yet?
Today’s birthday girl Άννα Βίσση/Anna Vissi was the home entrant in 2006, but more of that shortly. However, it was her third – yes, third – time as a named performer. She’d done the job in 1980 for Greece and then two years later for her native Cyprus. We could level a false-flag allegation at her, but the lines are blurred whether she’s Greek or Cypriot. Anyway, a proud Greece hosted the contest, so an internal selection picked a massive name to aim for the double. With today’s pick of song, she managed a ninth place. Maybe the broadcaster ERT was happy with this, as it meant they wouldn’t be bankrupt just yet organising a second contest. And in a nice twist, Lordi performed straight after Anna in the Grand Final. Is this her finest Eurovision hour?
Anna is 64 today.
Χρόνια πολλά, Άννα!