1 March – The new butterfly always leaves behind the chrysalis you once were

It’s that birthday you’ve been waiting for all of 2018. An absolute doyen of her country, and purveyor of the finest music her country can offer.

But who is it? No, it’s not Carola. This person is a finer singer than her, although has never quite had the same breaks. It is, of course, Valentina Monetta. She just loves the contest, and when she finally manages to make the Grand Final we think she’ll retire. But no all she wants to do is bring her mates along. Will she come back on day? Maybe.

Valentina is 43 today.

Buon compleanno, Valentina!