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The Eurovision Song Contest

Because I don't want to come across as a sad old curmudgeon, I am not going to express any opinions about the Eurovision Song Contest. I will just state the obvious fact, which is that it continues to be hugely popular, even in the UK. And that means it's fair game for quizzes – particularly around the time of year when it takes place (late May). Questions are not limited to the title of the winning song or the identity of the successful artistes; because it moves around each year, for example, it's quite normal to get asked which city is hosting the next competition, or in which city Dana International was successful.

And of course, some question setters will never tire of asking about the UK's five winning years (to date), or the three years when we came last (see below).

Details

For starters, here are a few specific questions that I've heard asked over the years.

First held Click to show or hide the answer
Boxer whose father Pat represented Ireland in 1968 (finishing 4th with 18 votes) Click to show or hide the answer
Ireland's first winner (1970) Click to show or hide the answer
Greek–born Vicky Leandros won in 1972, and French–born Anne–Marie David in 1973, for Click to show or hide the answer
Irish singer who won twice (What’s Another Year 1980, Hold Me Now 1987) Click to show or hide the answer
Canadian–born singer who won for Switzerland in 1988, with Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi Click to show or hide the answer
Transsexual winner for Israel, 1998, with Diva Click to show or hide the answer
UK entry 2003, scored "nul points" with Cry Baby Click to show or hide the answer
Replaced Terry Wogan as BBC TV's main presenter, 2009 Click to show or hide the answer
First host nation to receive nul points (2015) Click to show or hide the answer

Most Winners

7 Click to show or hide the answer 1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996
6 Click to show or hide the answer 1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012, 2015
5 Click to show or hide the answer 1958, 1960, 1962, 1969, 1977
5 Click to show or hide the answer 1961, 1965, 1972, 1973, 1983
5 Click to show or hide the answer 1967, 1969, 1976, 1981, 1997
4 Click to show or hide the answer 1957, 1959, 1969, 1975

In 1969 there was a four–way tie for first place. (For details, see below.)

Sweden's first winners (in 1974) were ABBA – probably the most successful Eurovision winners ever, and certainly the most successful act that has ever won it having entered as unknowns.

UK Winners

Year Venue Act Title
1967 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
1969 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
1976 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
1981 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
1997 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer

As already mentioned, in 1969 there was a four–way tie for first place. (For more details, see below.)

UK Losers

The UK entry has finished in last place on three occasions:

Year Venue Act Title Votes
2003 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 0
2008 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 14
2010 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 10

Jemini's effort is the only UK entry, to date, to receive nul points. A total of 38 songs have suffered this ingnominy, up to and including 2015, and 18 since 1975 when the scoring system was changed so that each jury gave points to more songs – thus making a nul points score less likely.

Electro Velvet's 5 points in 2015 was the second lowest points total ever for a UK entry. But on this occasion three entries actually did worse: France received only four votes, and neither Germany nor hosts Austria received any at all. This made Austria the first host nation to receive nul points.

It's not actually clear where the phrase nul points comes from, unless it's urban myth. The French word nul means "worthless"; the French for "no points" would be pas de points or zéro points, but in fact (according to Wikipedia) none of these phrases is used in the contest, as the presenters don't announce zero–point scores.

The Early Years (1956–9)

In the UK, from a 21st–century perspective, the main point of interest in the first few years of Eurovision is that we didn't compete in two of the first three years. In 1956 we missed the deadline for submitting our entry; it's not clear why we didn't compete in 1958.

Year Venue Winners Song Act No. Votes
 
1956 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 14 N/A
      UK entry: None N/A
 
1957 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 10 31
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 7 6
 
1958 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 10 27
      UK entry: None N/A
 
1959 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 11 21
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 2 16

The UK has competed every year since 1959, making a total of 58 entries (up to and including 2015).

The Rest (1960 to date)

... and finally, here's a complete list (from 1960, in reverse chronological order) of host cities, winning entries, UK entries (song title and artiste in each case), and where the UK came in the final reckoning.

The last but one column shows the total number of entries and the final placing of the UK entry; the last column shows the number of votes received, respectively, by the winning entry and the UK entry.

Year Venue Winners Song Act No. Votes
 
2017 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 26 758
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 15 111
 
2016 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 26 534
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 24 62
 
2015 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 27 365
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 24 5
 
2014 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 26 290
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 17 40
 
2013 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 26 281
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 19 23
 
2012 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 26 372
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 25 12
 
2011 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 25 221
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 11 100
 
2010 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 25 246
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 25 10
 
2009 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 25 387
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 5 173
 
2008 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 25 272
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 25 14
 
2007 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 24 268
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 22 19
 
2006 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 24 292
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 19 25
 
2005 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 24 230
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 22 18
 
2004 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 24 280
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 16 29
 
2003 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 26 167
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 26 0
 
2002 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 24 176
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer =3 111
 
2001 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 23 198
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 15 28
 
2000 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 24 195
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 16 28
 
1999 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 23 163
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 12 38
 
1998 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 25 172
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 2 166
 
1997 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 25 227
      UK entry: Winner 1 227
 
1996 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 23 162
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 8 77
 
1995 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 23 148
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer =10 76
 
1994 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 25 226
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 10 63
 
1993 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 25 187
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 2 164
 
1992 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 23 155
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 2 139
 
1991 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 22 146
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 10 47
 
1990 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 22 149
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 6 87
 
1989 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 22 137
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 2 130
 
1988 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 21 137
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 2 136
 
1987 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 22 172
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 13 47
 
1986 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 20 176
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 7 72
 
1985 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 19 123
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 4 100
 
1984 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 19 145
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 7 63
 
1983 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 20 142
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 6 79
 
1982 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 18 161
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 7 76
 
1981 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 20 136
      UK entry: Winner 1 136
 
1980 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 19 143
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 3 106
 
1979 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 19 125
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 7 73
 
1978 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 20 157
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 11 61
 
1977 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 18 136
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 2 121
 
1976 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 18 164
      UK entry: Winner 1 164
 
1975 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 19 152
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 2 138
 
1974 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 17 24
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 4 14
 
1973 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 17 129
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 3 123
 
1972 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 18 128
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 2 114
 
1971 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 18 128
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 4 98
 
1970 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 12 32
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 2 26
 
1969 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 16 18
Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
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      UK entry: Joint winner 1 18
 
1968 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 17 29
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 2 28
 
1967 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 17 47
      UK entry: Winner 1 47
 
1966 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 18 31
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 9 8
 
1965 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 18  32 
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 2 26
 
1964 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 16 49
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 2 17
 
1963 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 16 42
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 4 28
 
1962 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 16 26
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer =4 10
 
1961 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 16 31
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 2 24
 
1960 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 13 32
      UK entry: Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 2 25

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