Is Brexit going to mean nil points at Eurovision? Probably...
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Since the new millennium, the UK hasn’t fared well in the Eurovision Song Contest. But is this due to some really odd choices of entries, or is there a political undercurrent beneath our lacklustre performance?
Conchita Wurst, Austria's Eurovision winner for 2014Over the course of the competition’s history, the United Kingdom has won the Eurovision Song Contest five times. This may sound like a lot, but it’s worth bearing in mind that these five wins occurred between 1967 and 1997, so it’s been a while since we’ve done particularly well. Since 1997, we have regularly placed towards the bottom of the entries, even gaining (put on your best French accent) “nul points” in 2003, and were it not for the fact that we’re one of the Big Five then we likely wouldn’t have made it to the finals at all (a rule which was created in 1999). Let’s be honest, our entries over the past couple of decades have been embarrassingly bad, and we wouldn’t have voted for them even if we were allowed to.
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