Big 5 In Eurovision: UK!

In this series of posts, we take a deeper look at the history of Big-5 countries; the countries that automatically qualify to the final!


UK debuted in the contest in 1957and it has participated 62 times, missing the event once – 1958 – without any specific explanation.

The country is part of the “Big 5”, so its prequalified to the grand final. The country has topped the scoreboard on 5 contests (1967, 1969, 1973, 1981 and 1997) and placed in the Top-10 41 times! The country’s most popular entry is Cliff Richard’s 1968 “Congratulations” , which placed 2nd in the contest and gave the name to the 50th anniversary show. Its worst result came in 2003 when it finished 26th – last – with no points.

The United Kingdom was very successful in the 20th century missing the Top-10 just four times – 1978, 1987, 1999 and 2000*). The country has placed a record fifteen times second.

UK As A Prequalified Country

The first semifinal of Eurovision took place in 2004. UK participated directly to the final among with France, Spain and Germany. United Kingdom placed 16th in a field of 25. Since then the country has placed in the Top-10 only once in 2009.

UK In 2020

This year the United Kingdom was going to be represented by James Newman with the song “My Last Breath”. UK hasn’t announced yet her 2021 Eurovision plans.

What do you think about UK in Eurovision? What is your favourite Big-5 country in the contest? Let us know on the comment box below!


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