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The United Kingdom made their Eurovision debut in 1957, after missing the cut-off point for the 1956 Contest. Since 1959, they've held the longest uninterrupted streak of participants in contest history. The United Kingdom is a member of the Big Five which enables direct qualification to the Grand Final.

The United Kingdom had nul points in 2003, with Jemini and their song Cry Baby, but despite that, they have come 2nd a record 15 times, and in the top 5 a record 29 times also. It has also hosted the contest 8 times - 4 of them by deferral from the previous winning nation (1960, 1963, 1972 and 1974) and 4 from winning (1968, 1977, 1982 and 1998).

Over the years, they have sent big and well-known names such as Shout singer Lulu, Cliff Richard, Grease's Olivia Newton-John, Black Lace (famous for Agadoo), Gina G, Katrina and The Waves (famous for Walking on Sunshine), Blue, and even Bonnie Tyler.

The Eurovision Song Contest has received a poor reputation in the United Kingdom after the country received Nul Points back in 2003, followed by a similarly poor string of results (excluding 2002 and 2009). During this time, they have sent novelty songs such as Flying the Flag (For You).

However, in recent years the BBC have asked up-and-coming singers and bands such as Molly Smitten-Downes and Joe & Jake to represent the nation.

Participants

Year Artist Song Language Place Points Semi Points
1957 Patricia Bredin All English 7 6 No Semi Final
1958 Did not participate
1959 Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson Sing, Little Birdie English 2 16 No Semi Finals
1960 Bryan Johnson Looking High, High, High 2 25
1961 The Allisons Are You Sure? 2 24
1962 Ronnie Carroll Ring-a-Ding Girl 4 10
1963 Ronnie Carroll Say Wonderful Things 4 28
1964 Matt Monro I Love the Little Things 2 17
1965 Kathy Kirby I Belong 2 26
1966 Kenneth McKellar A Man Without Love 9 8
1967 Sandie Shaw Puppet on a String 1 47
1968 Cliff Richard Congratulations 2 28
1969 Lulu Boom Bang-a-Bang 1 18
1970 Mary Hopkin Knock Knock, Who's There? 2 26
1971 Clodagh Rodgers Jack in the Box 4 98
1972 The New Seekers Beg, Steal or Borrow 2 114
1973 Cliff Richard Power To All Our Friends 3 123
1974 Olivia Newton-John Long Live Love 4 14
1975 The Shadows Let Me Be The One 2 138
1976 Brotherhood of Man Save Your Kisses For Me 1 164
1977 Lynsey de Paul & Mike Moran Rock Bottom 2 121
1978 Co-Co Bad Old Days 11 61
1979 Black Lace Mary Ann 7 73
1980 Prima Donna Love Enough For Two 3 106
1981 Bucks Fizz Making Your Mind Up 1 136
1982 Bardo One Step Further 7 76
1983 Sweet Dreams I'm Never Giving Up 6 79
1984 Belle & The Devotions Love Games 7 63
1985 Vikki Love Is 4 100
1986 Ryder Runner in the Night 7 72
1987 Rikki Only the Light 13 47
1988 Scott Fitzgerald Go 2 136
1989 Live Report Why Do I Always Get It Wrong? 2 130
1990 Emma Booth Give a Little Love Back To The World 6 87
1991 Samantha Janus A Message To Your Heart 10 47
1992 Michael Ball One Step Out Of Time 2 139
1993 Sonia Better The Devil You Know 2 164
1994 Frances Ruffelle Lonely Symphony (We Will Be Free) 10 63
1995 Love City Groove Love City Groove 10 76
1996 Gina G Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit 8 77 3 153
1997 Katrina and The Waves Love Shine a Light 1 227 No Semi Finals
1998 Imaani Where Are You? 2 166
1999 Precious Say It Again 12 38
2000 Nicki French Don't Play That Song Again 16 28
2001 Lindsay Dracass No Dream Impossible 15 28
2002 Jessica Garlick Come Back 3 111
2003 Jemini Cry Baby 26 0
2004 James Fox Hold Onto Our Love 16 29 Member of the Big Four
2005 Javine Hylton Touch My Fire 22 18
2006 Daz Sampson Teenage Life 19 25
2007 Scooch Flying the Flag (For You) 22 19
2008 Andy Abraham Even If 25 14
2009 Jade Ewen It's My Time 5 173
2010 Josh Dubovie That Sounds Good To Me 25 10
2011 Blue I Can 11 100 Member of the Big Five
2012 Engelbert Humperdinck Love Will Set You Free 25 12
2013 Bonnie Tyler Believe in Me 19 23
2014 Molly Smitten-Downes Children of the Universe 17 40
2015 Electro Velvet Still In Love With You 24 5
2016 Joe & Jake You're Not Alone 24 62
2017 Lucie Jones Never Give Up On You 15 111

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TOP 10- Entries from the United Kingdom

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