24 January – Happiness is like a wind, like a sunbeam in your heart

Eurovision has had a lot of innovations over the years. Of course the most recent ones include the new voting structure and HD, but the changes go back for years. Can you imagine, for example, Eurovision songs without preview videos?

These started in 1971, eventually made after the fun and games of 1969. One of these was the advent of the preview video, where the viewers of Europe got to see what they’d be watching live on some spring Saturday evening. Today’s birthday girl Hanne_Krogh Sondbø. As you’ll know, she’s been back a few times since 1971, but she was a fresh faced 15 year old, resplendent with her nice frock and parasol. The only way was up, as the only singer she beat was a certain Joe Grech. She since took art as part of a duet and a foursome, so her better days were to come…

Hanne is 66 today.

Gratulerer med dagen, Hanne!