From Bucks Fizz to Jemini: The best and worst UK Eurovision acts ever

This year's UK Eurovision Song Contest representative Michael Rice has a lot to live up to thanks to the plethora of delights previously offered up at the musical extravaganza.

By Iain Lynn
Friday, 10th May 2019, 11:04 am
Updated Friday, 10th May 2019, 12:04 pm

From the heady heights of the days of Bucks Fizz and Katrina And The Waves, to the lows of Daz Sampson and Jemini, the UK has attempted to entertain its European neighbours with some interesting performances over Eurovision's more than 60-year history.

After several second-placed finishes, the UK scored its first winner in 1967 as psychotherapist-turned-singer Sandie Shaw scored big with Puppet On A String.
A year later, Sir Cliff Richard (just known as Cliff back then) finished a respectable second with Congratulations in 1968. He later came third with Power To All Our Friends in 1973

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The UK's prolific success continued as Lulu's Boom Bang-A-Bang shared the top spot with France, the Netherlands and Spain with 18 points apiece
Another UK victory came in 1976 with Brotherhood Of Man's Save Your Kisses For Me. The band's manager Tony Hiller put the song's success down to their TV appearances across Europe
The quartet's skirt-ripping entry, Making Your Mind Up, won the contest in 1981. The band were formed specifically to enter the contest and their stage act has gone down in Eurovision history
Katrina And The Waves were the last UK act to take the title, with Love Shine A Light. This gentle clap-along ballad was lapped up by the European public like no British entry has managed since.
Years of disappointment have followed since the UK's last victory 21 years ago. By far the most disheartening year was the infamous "nul points" for Jemini, which left Britons weeping into their snack bowls
Daz Sampson and his tragically-named Sampsonites (young women dressed as schoolgirls) was perhaps one of the worst songs inflicted on the rest of Europe
In 2007 the UK sent its most kitsch entrant yet with Steps-lite act Scooch. The camp quartet and their air stewards outfits came a lowly 22nd with Flying The Flag (For You).
Veteran crooner Engelbert Humperdinck fared no better in 2012 when his entry, Love Will Set You Free, only narrowly avoided finishing rock-bottom. "The Hump" scored a grand total of 12 points
Lucie Jones managed to get the UK its highest points haul in eight years with a not-too-shabby 111 for her rousing performance of ballad Never Give Up On You.
We hoped SuRie, would be the one to turn around their fortunes with her song Storm. But her performance was interrupted when a stage-invader snatched the microphone. She finished 24th out of 26.
The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is due to be held in Israel between May 14 and 18 after the 2018 contest was won by Israel entry Netta with her song Toy