Let’s face it, for all the complaining that the Big 5 have it easy at the Eurovision Song Contest, it’s actually not so glamourous. Sure they get an automatic spot in the final, but for many years this didn’t translate into placing on the scoreboard!
In this new series, ‘Best of the Big 5’, Eurovision Ireland are going to put the spotlight on the contest’s major financial contributors and find out just who is your favourite for each country.
But as voting for 50+ songs for each member of the Big 5 would be a mammoth task, we’ll make it easier for you and split them down into 2 semi finals a la the contest, then combine these results for a final. Spain, Italy, Germany and France have all had their Best of the Big 5 winners crowned – so last, but by no means least, it’s the turn of the United Kingdom!
19-17-24-24-15-24-26… not the most auspicious of numbers for the UK at Eurovision in recent years, especially considering it’s the country that still holds the record for the number of times it finished 2nd! With 5 wins under its belt and an astounding 15 near misses, the UK has clearly sent some songs to the contest that struck the right chord – but which ones did it for you?
62 songs have represented the United Kingdom at Eurovision, so rather than make you wade through all of them at once, we’ve split them straight down the middle by odd and even years. This week we’re looking at the Odd Year Entries – songs that participated in years ending in 1,3,5,7 or 9.
Your favourite not here? Don’t worry! Even Year Entries will come next week! The Top 10 entries from both semi finals will then go on to the grand final. Who do you want to join Patricia Kaas, Texas Lightening, Mahmood and Pastora Soler in the Eurovision Ireland Hall of Fame?
Remember, as always you can vote for your Top 10! So you can choose your 10 favourites as you’ve been able to with every poll so far!
Good evening Europe, this is London calling? Start voting now!
Author: James Scanlan
Source: Eurovision Ireland