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, 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).