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Andy Abraham singing for the UK in 2008. He performed second in the final and finished last (prompting longtime BBC commentator Sir Terry Wogan to resign)

The "Curse of Number Two" is one of the most famous phenomenons to occur at the Eurovision Song Contest.  It is called that because no country that has performed out of the second spot in the running order of the final has ever won the contest at all.  In fact, those performing second over the years have ended up last nine times (three of those times with the ever dreaded Nul Points).  This leaves many fans, media people and artists to believe that this particular spot is "cursed".

Qualifying from the semifinals when performing out of the second spot in the running order is also a very rare occurrence, in 2014 for example neither song performed second (Latvia in semi 1 and Israel in semi 2) advanced to the final, and both finished near the bottom of their respective semis.

1957 winner Corry Brokken was the first victim of this phenomenon when she performed second in the 1958 contest on home ground in Hilversum and finished last. The only times a second-spot performer has done well was second in 1965 and equal third in both 1997 and 2002.

The most recent victim of the Curse of Number Two is Kasia Moś of Poland, who finished in the bottom five in the 2017 grand final.

Year Country Position Points
1956 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland (1) N/A N/A
1957 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg (1) 4= 10
1958 Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands (1) 9= 1
1959 Flag of Denmark Denmark (1) 5 12
1960 Flag of Sweden Sweden (1) 10 4
1961 Flag of Monaco Monaco (1) 10= 6
1962 Flag of Belgium Belgium (1) 13= 0
1963 Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands (2) 13= 0
1964 Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands (3) 10= 2
1965 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom (1) 2 26
1966 Flag of Denmark Denmark (2) 14 4
1967 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg (2) 4 17
1968 Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands (4) 16= 1
1969 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg (3) 11 7
1970 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland (2) 4= 8
1971 Flag of Malta Malta (1) 18 48
1972 France France (1) 11 81
1973 Flag of Belgium Belgium (2) 18 58
1974 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom (2) 4= 14
1975 Flag of Ireland Ireland (1) 9 68
1976 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland (3) 4 91
1977 Flag of Monaco Monaco (2) 4 96
1978 Norway Norway (1) 20 0
1979 Flag of Italy Italy (1) 15 27
1980 Flag of Turkey Turkey (1) 15 23
1981 Flag of Turkey Turkey (2) 18 9
1982 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg (4) 6 78
1983 Norway Norway (2) 9 58
1984 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg (5) 10 39
1985 Flag of Finland Finland (1) 9 58
1986 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia Yugoslavia (1) 11 49
1987 Flag of Israel Israel (1) 8 73
1988 Flag of Sweden Sweden (1) 12 52
1989 Flag of Israel Israel (2) 12 50
1990 Flag of Greece Greece (1) 19 11
1991 Flag of Iceland Iceland (1) 15 26
1992 Flag of Belgium Belgium (3) 20 11
1993 Flag of Turkey Turkey (3) 21 10
1994 Flag of Finland Finland (2) 22 11
1995 Flag of Ireland Ireland (2) 14 44
1996 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom (3) 8 77
1997 Flag of Turkey Turkey (4) 3 121
1998 Flag of Greece Greece (2) 20 12
1999 Flag of Belgium Belgium (4) 12= 38
2000 Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands (5) 13 40
2001 Flag of Iceland Iceland (2) 22= 3
2002 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom (4) 3= 111
2003 Flag of Austria Austria (1) 6 101
2004 Flag of Austria Austria (2) 21 9
2005 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom (5) 22 18
2006 Flag of Moldova Moldova (1) 20 22
2007 Flag of Spain Spain (1) 20 43
2008 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom (6) 25 14
2009 Flag of Israel Israel (2) 16 53
2010 Flag of Spain Spain (2) 15 68
2011 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina (1) 6 125
2012 Flag of Hungary Hungary (1) 24 19
2013 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania (1) 22 17
2014 Flag of Belarus Belarus (1) 16 43
2015 France France (2) 25 4
2016 Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic (1) 25 41
2017 Flag of Poland Poland (1) 22 64

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