16 October – We’re going u-u-u-u-u-u-up

Hang onto your hats, your gloves, your scarves. It’s Sweden. And it’s someone who may have taken part in our favourite TV show on more than one occasion.

Every year, another website has a poll to pick the favourite songs ever. Since 2012 a song from today’s birthday girl Loreen (née Lorine Zineb Noka Talhaoui) has done very well, and often won. Aren’t we lucky she has a stage name? Anyway, young first Loreen did her stuff way out east by dancing on a box and getting a chum to throw her around a bit in a snowstorm. That’s normal for Eurovision, right? She scored of every country in her semi-final. That’s some achievement. And then in the Grand Final, only our friends in Italy didn’t have her in their top 10. And 18 – yes, 18 – countries gave her their coveted 12 points. That’s 18 out of a possible 41. She even beat the second placed song by over 100 points. Watch her video and see if you can work out how. And then there was 2023, but that’s another story.

Loreen is 40 today.

Grattis på födelsedagen, Loreen!