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The United Kingdom at The Eurovision Song Contest

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British Eurovision Entries: 1957-2020

A nostalgic recollection of all the songs that have represented the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest since it first entered the competition in 1957.

Over the years, the results for the British Eurovision entries have been fairly good, having achieved five winners and fifteen second place finishers. Most recently, with the introduction of more former Eastern Bloc competitors, the nation's scores have suffered as a consequence.

However, here is a chance to relive more than sixty years of United Kingdom Eurovision Song Contest entries all on one page. Truly an evocative trip down memory lane. Enjoy!


The 1950s

The UK did not participate in the Song Contests of 1956 and 1958, so here are its entries for 1957 and 1959.


7th: Patricia Bredin in 1957

UK Eurovision Songs 1957 & 1959

YearSongPerformerFinal Position

1956

N/A

N/A

N/A

1957

All

Patricia Bredin

7

1958

N/A

N/A

N/A

1959

Sing Little Birdie

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

2

The 1960s

The decade in which the United Kingdom won the Contest on two occasions (1967 and 1969), and perhaps should have won more (five runners-up positions).

Some big names of the day took part in the Contest (Cliff Richard, Kathy Kirby, Sandie Shaw and Lulu), giving the extravaganza some level of respectability and acceptability.


Winner: Sandie Shaw

Winner: Lulu in 1969

UK Eurovision Songs 1960-1969

YearSongPerformerFinal Position

1960

Looking High, High, High

Bryan Johnson

2

1961

Are You Sure?

The Allisons

2

1962

Ring-a-Ding Girl

Ronnie Carroll

4

1963

Say Wonderful Things

Ronnie Carroll

4

1964

I Love the Little Things

Matt Monroe

2

1965

I Belong

Kathy Kirby

2

1966

A Man Without Love

Kenneth McKellar

9

1967

Puppet on a String

Sandie Shaw

1

1968

Congratulations

Cliff Richard

2

1969

Boom Bang-A-Bang

Lulu

1

The 1970s

A great decade for the UK: eight Top 4 placings.

Perhaps Co-Co should have placed higher, but Black Lace was instantly forgettable.

1972

Winner: Brotherhood of Man in 1976

UK Eurovision Songs 1970-1979

YearSongPerformerFinal Position

1970

Knock, Knock, Who's There?

Mary Hopkin

2

1971

Jack in a Box

Clodagh Rodgers

4

1972

Beg, Steal or Borrow

The New Seekers

2

1973

Power to the People

Cliff Richard

3

1974

Long Live Love

Olivia Newton-John

4

1975

Let Me Be the One

The Shadows

2

1976

Save Your Kisses For Me

Brotherhood of Man

1

1977

Rock Bottom

Lynsey de Paul & Mike Moran

2

1978

Bad Old Days

Co-Co

11

1979

Mary Ann

Black Lace

7

The 1980s

The 1980s was, perhaps, not the best era for UK entries, but we managed a winning song in 1981 with Bucks Fizz (who had to overcome stiff competition in the UK heats from second placed band, Liquid Gold, with their entry for the Contest, Don't Panic), as well as two second places in 1988 and 1989.


1980

Winner: Bucks Fizz in 1981

UK Eurovision Songs 1980-1989

YearSongPerformerFinal Position

1980

Love Enough For Two

Prima Donna

3

1981

Making Your Mind Up

Bucks Fizz

1

1982

One Step Further

Bardo

7

1983

I'm Never Giving Up

Sweet Dreams

6

1984

Love Games

Belle & the Devotions

7

1985

Love Is

Vikki

4

1986

Runner in the Night

Ryder

7

1987

Only the Light

Rikki

13

1988

Go

Scott Fitzgerald

2

1989

Why Do I Always Get It Wrong?

Live Report

2

The 1990s

Three second place songs and a winner in 1997 add up to a good decade for the UK.

The international hit by Gina G. surprisingly only managed eighth place!


Gina G in 1996

Winner: Katrina & the Waves in 1997

UK Eurovision Songs 1990-1999

YearSongPerformerFinal Position

1990

Give A Little Love Back to the World

Emma

6

1991

A Message to Your Heart

Samantha Janus

10

1992

One Step Out of Time

Michael Ball

2

1993

Better the Devil You Know

Sonia

2

1994

Lonely Symphony (We Will Be Free)

Frances Ruffelle

10

1995

Love City Groove

Love City Groove

10

1996

Ooh... Aah...Just A Little Bit

Gina G

8

1997

Love, Shine A Light

Katrina & the Waves

1

1998

Where Are You?

Imaani

2

1999

Say It Again

Precious

12

The 2000s

The United Kingdom appeared to have pretty much given up on winning the Contest during the 2000s. It had become very political and the entries reflected how seriously it was now taken in the UK.

Here's the proof...


2002: Come Back

5th: Jade Ewen in 2009

UK Eurovision Songs 2000-2009

YearSongPerformerFinal Position

2000

Don't Play That Song Again

Niki French

16

2001

No Dream Impossible

Lindsay Dracass

15

2002

Come Back

Jessica Garlick

3

2003

Cry Baby

Jemini

26 (Last - 0 Points)

2004

Hold On to Our Love

James Fox

16

2005

Touch My Fire

Javine

22

2006

Teenage Life

Daz Sampson

19

2007

Flying the Flag (For You)

Scooch

22

2008

Even If

Andy Abraham

25 (Last)

2009

It's My Time

Jade Ewen

5

The 2010s

26th (Last Place) in 2019: Michael Rice

UK Eurovision Songs 2010-2019

YearSongPerformerFinal Position

2010

That Sounds Good to Me

Josh Dubovie

25 (Last)

2011

I Can

Blue

11

2012

Love Will Set You Free

Engelbert Humperdinck

25

2013

Believe in Me

Bonnie Tyler

19

2014

Children of the Universe

Molly

17

2015

Still in Love With You

Electro Velvet

24

2016

You're Not Alone

Joe and Jake

24

2017

Never Give Up on You

Lucie Jones

15

2018

Storm

SuRie

24

2019

Bigger Than Us

Michael Rice

26 (last)

Flying the Flag in 2020: James Newman

UK Eurovision Songs 2020-

YearSongPerformerFinal Position

2020

My Last Breath

James Newman

TBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Eurovision View!

Some share the view that political and friendly voting has now ruined the Eurovision Song Contest and that Western nations, like the UK, have no chance of ever winning again.

Do you agree with Terry Wogan that it may now be time to leave?

Yes, leave now!

Ronald: The real reason why countries like the UK, France, Germany, SPain and Italy can hardly win is that they don't have to bother beating the competition in the semi-finals, as they have a guaranteed place in the finals. Other countries don't like that sort of preferential treatment. It's not fair!

mel: I think the only way that the United kingdom can do well again is by breaking the four countries up like all the rest of Europe has done. The old Yugoslavia has spilt into a number of countries most probably giving their old country votes. Czechoslovak has split into two countries. With so many small countries winning as their neighbour was once part of their country and they will vote for them in the Eurovision. So why can't the UK do the same thing? it does it in the Commonwealth games. Wales has produced Mary Hopkins and Bonny Tyler, Scotland has produced Lulu and others and North Ireland has produce a number of singers for the United Kingdom. If we broke up into four parts we would vote for each other. Scandinavians always vote for each other. As for the poor big countries like Germany, they don't stand a chance. Eurovision is all so political these days in any case.

anonymous: For Gods sake lets us leave, while we still have some self respect.

anonymous: We are being made to look pretty ridiculous now, perhaps we need to leave for a couple of years and let other countries pay for it, this might mean they might have a little more respect. It has got to the stage where my 19 year old can accurately predict the scores - must admit its good for geography

anonymous: We are being made to look pretty ridiculous now, perhaps we need to leave for a couple of years and let other countries pay for it, this might mean they might have a little more respect. It has got to the stage where my 19 year old can accurately predict the scores - must admit its good for geography

anonymous: It's farcical to carry on and, not ony that, the vast amount of money we donate to it each year could be far better used elsewhere. If the Eastern Europeans want to have a song contest, let them have one at their own expense.

anonymous: The contest is now a farce. It is not about the songs but who you are allied to.

anonymous: The Eurovision used to be a wonderful institution but now it's gone too many countries, too English and completely lost all of its charm. Whatever happened to Ding DingaDong, A Ba Ni Bi A Ba Ni Be, and the live orchestra?

anonymous: I been looking at the history of the Eerovision song contest since the UK first enterd the contest And have been very successful but now the is very Polictol the Only part of western europe that has had some success is scandernavia and i think that UK has no chocise to pull out.

anonymous: How much does it cost for the UK to enter Eurovision each year? Who pays? Would you call this year good value for money?

No, the UK needs to stay!

bornot2b1: No, the more the merrier... Eurovision fans do their own choosing every year on the net.

Erin Mellor: No, it's fun. If you're relaxed about the voting patterns you can just sit back and enjoy the variety and the nonsense of it all.

anonymous: nooo

anonymous: No I think the UK needs to stay on. We will win the contest at some point, we need to remember the likes of Sandie Shaw, Lulu, Brotherhood Of Man, Bucks Fizz and Katrina and the Waves. But out of all our winners, my favourite still has to be Save Your Kisses For Me by Brotherhood Of Man, who are still going strong.

anonymous: No, it's just a bit of fun! It's interesting to listen to songs from other countries which we might not otherwise have heard.

anonymous: UK should stay. It's innocent fun for a night. Who cares about winning, yes it would be great but the whole show is about being fun and campy! Plus it let's us see music from other countries that we wouldn't have been exposed to, since our radio stations lay some random crap.

anonymous: If you insist on requesting writers like Waterman to compose songs, then Hey!! no surprises UK came last in Eurovision. He's a good producer and marketer, but you kid yourselves if you believe he's a talented writer and to ever liking stuff like Steps,

nickupton lm: Who cares who wins? I just enjoy watching all the strange entries from all around Europe. Anyway, I don't believe in potitical voting. Would Bosnia vote for Serbia because they love their ethnic-cleansing neighbours or because the song is in a language they can understand?

anonymous: I don't think the UK should withdraw, but I think the competition should be divided into eastern and western Europe. It's too big now, and blatant bias voting from the Eastern bloc countries is turning Eurovision into a competition of political posturing. Have a cut-off boundary - all countries from Austria west in one division and east of Austria in another. Then we might once again have some beautiful music and a fun competition, just like in the 1970s and 80s.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2007 Richard

Are You A Eurovision Fan?

bornot2b1 on May 06, 2013:

wow, thanks for this terrific collection.

anonymous on May 27, 2012:

To tell the truth I am not an Eurovision fan, but this year I did watch some of it because I saw the Russian Grannies and it drew me to watch some more performance.

Indigo Janson from UK on March 10, 2012:

A very interesting record of the UK's long history of entries into Eurovision. I had just been playing the 1994 Eurovision entry on YouTube as I'm writing a short piece on Frances Ruffelle elsewhere on Squidoo, and the Eurovision connection prompted me to pay you a visit. Fascinating to see that Samantha Janus and Michael Ball were also entrants in the 90s.

A thought has just occurred to me... if Scotland ends up independent, will that mean a separate entry? I suppose it would!

flycatcherrr on January 13, 2012:

Just stumbled on this lens and it gave me a smile. I lived in the UK briefly as a teenager and watching the Eurovision Song Contest with friends is one of many fond memories I have of that long-gone time. I very much like, too, the way you handled the huge amount of content here, so that the page is quick to load and yet the goodies are all there, favourites easily found.

kimmanleyort on March 15, 2010:

This is a fantastic overview of Eurovision, which I'm sorry to say I have not heard of. Can't wait to see all of the niche lenses from this.

anonymous on April 10, 2009:

Dreadful 2009 song. Can't Jade learn to breathe without huffing and puffing into the microphone. Another boring flop on the way for the UK.

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AlisonMeacham on April 28, 2008:

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the777group lm on May 15, 2007:

Another superb lens. What can I say? For those of us who lived through the era(s), thanks a lot.

Incidentally, seeing Bucks Fizz there, am I the only person who thinks their 1982 hit The Land Of Make Believe was a piece of subtle genius?

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