1 January – A simple song can bring back the past

Happy New Year! And may your dreams for 2023 all come true. Whether it’s trying your first lobster thermidore, taking that trip to Funchal, or that [insert country here] wins the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool on 13 May.

But you’re also here for a birthday, and it’s for a performer of a country that never won. In fact, they never take part anymore. It’s Andorra, that pocket-sized principality with Europe’s highest capital. Birthday girl Gisela Lladó Cánovas is actually Spanish, but was recruited by RTVA who presumably insisted on her frock for the contest in Belgrade. She finished 16th but at least she still beat three countries. Maybe they were dressed even more polarisingly than Gisela.

Gisela is 44 today.

Feliç aniversari, Gisela!