25 March – I love pretending I’m offended, without any reason, and then making peace in the evening

Our friends in Italy have done fairly well since they can back from exile. Seven top 10 finishes in their last nine attempts, including two runner-up spots. Which other of the Big Five can boast that record?

Of course, for every success, there has to be a lesser performance. One of those fell to today’s birthday girl Emmanuela ‘Emma’ Marrone. After a run of good results, hopes were high for RAI in 2014. Emma went to Copenhagen and took to the stage with a load of models. Her outfit was striking to say the least, but it didn’t really help as she finished 21st out of 26. Some countries would be happy with 21st. Emma scored one maximum and one set of 10 points. It shows someone loved her.

Emma is 36 today.

Buon compleanno, Emma!