IT’S been a while since the Eurovision Song Contest was last won by a UK.
Our nation hasn’t been crowned winner since 1997 – but fans around the country are crossing their fingers and toes in the hope that Michael Rice can turn all of that arou. But what is the UK’s actual history in Eurovision, how many times have they received nil points and found themselves at the bottom of the leaderboard? Here’s everything you need to know…
What is the UK’s history in Eurovision?
The UK first made its debut in the singing competition in 1957.
And since then, the nation has won the competition on five occasions.
While that may not be a lot, the UK does hold the record for having finished second a record 15 TIMES.
On top of that, it is also the nation to hold the record for the longest-running string of top 5 placings.
The UK has proudly hosted the Eurovision Song Contest eight times in total, having often stepped in to stage the ceremony when others were unfit to do so.
The last time that the UK had the opportunity to host the event, however, was in 1998 in Birmingham following the victory of Katrina and the Waves who won the competition in 1997 with Shine A Light.
Who won Eurovision for the UK?
Here’s when the UK won:
- Sandie Shaw – Puppet on a String (1967)
- Lulu – Boom Bang-a-Bang (1969 tied)
- Brotherhood of Man – Save Your Kisses For Me (1976)
- Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up (1981)
- Katrina and the Waves – Love Shine A Light (1997)
Many people think that Cliff Richard won with Congratulations in 1968, but he only managed to finish second.
Despite this the song went on to be a huge hit.
He followed that up with a third placing with Power To All Our Friends in 1973.
How many times has the UK received nil points?
The UK has only received “nul points” or “nil points” once.
The unlucky recipients were Liverpool duo Jemini in 2003.
The shock result came after they performed their song Cry Baby.
Fans believed that politics played a drastic role in the “nul points” marking following the UK’s involvement in the invasion of Iraq.
Terry Wogan, who had hosted the show for the BBC that year, joked: “I think the UK is suffering from post-Iraq backlash.”
The UK were the only country to receive no points that year with Malta next from bottom with just four.
Turkey won with Everyway That I Can.
The second lowest score for the UK came with Electro Velvet in 2015 with their performance of Still In Love, which only received five points.
Despite this they did not finish last in the competition, beating France on four points and both Austria and Germany who failed to pick up any votes.
Other UK acts that have received less than 10 points at the competition, but didn’t come last include Patricia Bredin (All, 1957) and Kenneth McKellar (A Man Without Love, 1966.)
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How many times has the UK been bottom of the leaderboard?
The UK has not taken home the winner’s prize at Eurovision for more than 20 years.
But it has only placed bottom three times.
One of these times was the zero points for Jemini in 2003 – the first time the UK had finished in last place.
We next achieved this in 2008 as Andy Abraham garnered just 14 points for Even If.
Josh Dubovie took bottom spot in 2010 with That Sounds Good To Me.