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. Now it’s the turn of the Even Year Entries – songs that participated in years ending in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8, including James Newman’s ‘My Last Breath’ from Eurovision 2020 – it might not have officially gotten to the Eurovision stage, but you can still vote for it!
Our poll for Odd Years yielded this Top 10 last week:
- Better The Devil You Know (1993) – 623 points
- Love Shine A Light (1997) – 471 points
- Never Give Up On You (2017) – 468 points
- I Can (2011) – 454 points
- Puppet On A String (1967) – 380 points
- Making Your Mind Up (1981) – 372 points
- A Message To Your Heart (1991) – 367 points
- Jack In The Box (1971) – 366 points
- Sing, Little Birdie (1959) – 345 points
- Boom Bang-A-Bang (1969) – 329 points
Your favourite not here? Take a look HERE to see where the other songs finished. Now vote for this new selection! You can vote for up to 10 songs – we know we’re just that nice!
Next week, the Top 10 entries from both semi finals will go on to a grand final, which will then crown your favourite Eurovision entry from the United Kingdom!
Author: James Scanlan
Source: Eurovision Ireland