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Euro Stars

Added 1379 days ago. 16 January 2018

The Eurovision Song Contest has been going on for decades, and the UK has put in some fantastic entires over the years.

We've put together this article to spotlight some of the best memorable moments that we've had through the decades! 


Eurovision Song Contest​

It’s 50 years since the UK first won the Eurovision Song Contest – ahead of this year’s event, we look at our ‘Euro stars’

The Eurovision Song Contest has become part of the UK’s national calendar, and around the country many households tune in to watch the televised event. It's been 50 years since the UK first participated, and it has secured five winners since that time.
The first Eurovision Song Contest took place in 1956 with just seven nations participating. The UK joined in the following year, finishing seventh place, and over the years a host of big name singers have competed on behalf of the UK, including Matt Monro, Cliff Richard, Mary Hopkin, The New Seekers and The Shadows.

Over 50 years, the UK has taken the top spot in four of five decades of competing. The first victory was in 1967, when Sandie Shaw performed Puppet on a String, which went on to achieve more than a million record sales. Two years later, Lulu won with Boom Bang-a-Bang, a song which had been voted for by the public, eclipsing five other tracks, one of which had been written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. It was 1976 before the UK enjoyed success again, with Brotherhood of Man’s Save Your Kisses for Me.

In 1981, the contest was staged in Dublin and Bucks Fizz delivered a winning performance of Making Your Mind Up, during which the two male performers whipped off the female singers’ long skirts to reveal mini skirts underneath. Despite a less than perfect vocal performance, the theatrics are believed to have tipped the scores in the band’s favour, beating Germany’s act by just four points. The competition returned to Dublin in 1997, when Katrina and the Waves won with Love Shine a Light. Although the UK has done less well in recent years, we wish Welsh singer Lucie Jones the best of luck at this year’s contest – why not tune in and see how she does?

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