15 April – Laugh into the face of your destiny

We get heroes performing at our favourite TV show every year. But it’s not every day that we get a People’s Artist of their country – the highest award their country can bestow a performer.

Not only is today’s birthday girl Алла Борисовна Пугачёва/Alla Borisovna Pugacheva a People’s Artist, she’s on her fifth marriage, she’s had three children, and her ex-husband has been involved in our favourite TV show too. She truly is a star. Or, perhaps, a prima donna. No, not the 1980s UK sextet. But a genuine one. The sort of woman who, when she asks you to jump, you ask how high. Alla can only do good, and her performance in 1997 in sunny Dublin is legendary. How can you not like this song?

Alla is 70 today.

С днем рождения Aлла!