BIRTHDAY: Loreen from Sweden is 36 today
Hang onto your hats, your gloves, your scarves. It’s Sweden. Yes, again. You might be getting tired of the country of the blue-and-gold flag, but with a lot of singers there are a lot of birthdays.
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 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.
Authors: Riigi Ametnik, John Stanton