11 April – I carried it, carried it, carried it home

Anyone can win our favourite TV show. A number of countries had had dismal results before they won. You know who they are. And countries who won in the dim and distant past can surprise us all and win again.

In other news, our friends in the Netherlands – where the contest stalled through no fault of their own – had a win in 2019, 44 years after their previous win. Many participants in 2019 weren’t even alive then. And unless you’ve recently returned from Proxima Centauri – you’ll know it was performed by today’s birthday boy Duncan Laurence (né Duncan de Moor). His was a darn good winner of the contest in Tel Aviv, and proves that a song doesn’t need sparkly frocks, complicated dance routines, or clucking noises to be a winner. It’s a song contest, so very refreshing when a simple song wins. In his semi-final, Duncan scored off every jury except one, and from every country’s televote. In the Grand Final he again scored points from every televote, even if eight juries let the side down. So a popular winner, and a darn nice guy. What more could a contest want?

Duncan is 28 today.

Gefelicteerd, Duncan!