31 January – You feel blue and I am better

We love countries that try. And try. And try. They don’t always succeed, but even after taking part for over a quarter of a century, they feel that maiden win is not far off.

Slovenia first took part in their own right in 1993. They won the preselection/semi-final (call it what you will) to get to Sráid an Mhuilinn/Millstreet. Things didn’t go completely their way, but there we go. In 2016 RTVSlovenia sent today’s birthday girl ManuElla (née Manuella Brečko). Now we know her country’s success in semi-finals has been patchy, but she had a great stage show and a guy on a bendy pole. It didn’t quite work. She finished 14th in what proved to be a bit of a dogfight at the wrong end of the semi-final standings. She now lives in Stockholm, so who’s to say an appearance in Melodifestivalen isn’t far off.

ManuElla is 33 today.

Srečen rojstni dan, ManuElla!