Wishin’ Back Wednesday: the UK’s Eurovision legacy…

Greetings, Bitches!

So, yet again we bollocksed up our Eurovision chances with another piece of Easy Listening tat when the rest of Europe was actually taking the contest ‘seriously’. Let’s remember, however, some of our classic entries – not all of them winners, admittedly, but all of them legendary…

1. Gina G – Ooh Ah… Just A Little Bit

This one finished in 8th position in 1996, but went on to become the best-selling Eurovision song since ABBA’s Waterloo...

2. Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up

Our 1981 competition winner is probably best-known for its skirt-ripping routine, and as the launch pad for Cheryl Baker’s illustrious TV career (judge the sarcasm for yourself)…

3. Katrina and the Waves – Love Shine A Light

Katrina won the competition in 1997 with 227 points, the biggest score ever in Eurovision history until that point. It was also their biggest commercial hit (#3 UK Charts) since their classic Walking On Sunshine. She smashed the contest only days after the UK General Election that brought Tony Blair and Cool Britannia to the forefront of the zeitgeist. Remember the days when we thought Britain was on the up?

4. Sonia – Better The Devil You Know...

After Katrina and the Waves, Sonia’s entry is the second most successful UK entry of the last 25 years, gaining 164 points and finishing in 2nd place in 1993. This one will always have a special place in my heart, not only for the underrated prowess of Sonia’s voice on the track, but also because this was my first ever Eurovision…

5. Lulu – Boom Bang A Bang…

In 1969 for the first time, the competition threw up four winners with a shared tally of 18 points, and our Lulu was one of them. Albeit not her finest hour musically, she will be forever remembered for in ‘that’ pink dress…

6. Love City Groove – Love City Groove…

This song came only 10th in 1995, but it did place UK Urban music on the Eurovision stage for the first time, and became a classic for my generation. Let us remember…

7. Brotherhood of Man – Save Your Kisses For Me…

A massive winner from 1976 and a pop classic that became the biggest-selling song of that year. That being said, the whole act, especially the dance, is undeniably weird (just listen to the final lyrics). Oh well, a win’s a win…

8. Imaani – Where Are You?

In 1998 we came very close to winning for a second consecutive year with this dancehall classic. It was not to be, however. Instead, we were pipped to the post by perhaps the most famous of all time and the most deserving star in the competition’s history, Israeli transgender artist Dana International. A worthy opponent.

9. Frances Ruffelle – Lonely Symphony (We Will Be Free)

This 1994 10th-place finalist is one of the few Eurovision entries that doesn’t sound like it was written for Eurovision, ie. one that stands up in the real world! It should have done better in the competition, and it should have done better in the charts, but this hasn’t stopped Frances Ruffelle from carving out a successful career as a performer in London’s West End…

10. Sandie Shaw – Pupper On A String…

Arguably the UK’s defining moment in Eurovision – Sandie Shaw became Britain’s first Eurovision winner in 1967 following a string of massive chart hits in the previous three years, thus cementing her place as one of Britain’s leading female performers of the 1960’s. We Love You Sandie!

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