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The United Kingdom has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 58 times and is one of the most successful countries to compete in the contest. They first participated in the second contest in 1957. The BBC had wanted to take part in the first contest in 1956, but had submitted their entry to the event after the deadline had passed. The UK has entered every year since 1959, and has won the contest a total of five times. Along with Sweden, the UK is one of only two countries with Eurovision victories in four different decades. The United Kingdom is one of the “Big 5”, along with France, Germany, Italy and Spain who are automatically allowed to participate in the final as they are the five biggest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
Up to and including 1998, the UK had only twice finished outside the top 10, in 1978 (11th) and 1987 (13th), with their five winners being Sandie Shaw with the song “Puppet on a String” in 1967, Lulu with “Boom Bang-a-Bang” in 1969 (tied), Brotherhood of Man with “Save Your Kisses for Me” in 1976, Bucks Fizz with “Making Your Mind Up” in 1981 and Katrina and the Waves with “Love, Shine a Light” in 1997. In addition, the UK has finished as runner-up on a record 15 occasions; including Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson (1959), Matt Monro (1964), Kathy Kirby (1965), Cliff Richard (1968), Mary Hopkin (1970), The New Seekers (1972), Scott Fitzgerald (1988), Michael Ball (1992), Sonia (1993) and Imaani (1998). Since 1999, the year in which the rule was abandoned that songs must be performed in one of the official languages of the country participating, the UK has had less success, only finishing within the top ten twice. Jessica Garlick in 2002 finished joint third and Jade Ewen in 2009 finished fifth, Ewen in particular was praised after her performance of “It’s My Time” for ending the run of poor results the country had suffered for much of the decade.
The British public broadcaster, the BBC broadcasts the event each year and organises the selection process for the entry. In all cases (prior to 2011), a televised national final has selected the British Eurovision entry, varying between both a selection of performer and song, or just a song selection with an internal selection for the artist being held. For most years, the public had been able to vote for the winner, using in the past postcard voting, where the viewers sent postcards with their vote to the BBC, but more recently televoting. In 2009 and 2010, a new national selection format was held to find the singer who would go on to sing the internally selected song at the contest. From 2011 to 2015, for the first time in UK’s Eurovision history, the entry was selected internally by the BBC. This resulted in the national selection process being suspended, however, this returned in 2016.
The United Kingdom has finished last in three contests. Jemini’s infamous 2003 “nul points” result was the first time that the country had come last in the contest, something that was then repeated in 2008 with Andy Abraham, who received 14 points and in 2010 with Josh Dubovie, who received 10 points. In 2015, the UK failed to reach the top 10 for the sixth consecutive time, with the duo Electro Velvet finishing 24th with only five points, the country’s worst points tally since 2003.
Live Report, originally called Midnight Blue, composed of Ray Caruana (vocals), John Beeby, Brian Hodgson, Maggie Jay, Mike Bell (keyboards) and Peter May. Brian Hodgson was a musician, producer and composer and former member of the UK pop group Matchbox, writing many of their 8 hits in the UK.
They were finalists in the BBC Television’s A Song for Europe contest in 1989 with the song, “Why Do I Always Get It Wrong”. The original title of the song had been”No More Sad Songs”. It scored 111,996 votes, compared to runner-up Julie C’s (aka Julie Coulson) 51,449 votes. Live Report went on to represent the UK in the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest in Lausanne, where they finished second to the Yugoslav entry, “Rock Me” performed by Riva.
“Why Do I Always Get It Wrong” spent one week in the UK Singles Chart at #73 in May 1989. Since drummer Peter May was requested to play with Cliff Richard in a concert tour, he was replaced by Richard Marcangelo.
Ray Caruana was born in Malta but moved to the UK at the age of 5. He is the son of a professional singer. He was the youngest (aged 12) performer ever to appear at the London Palladium for “Night of a 1,000 Stars”. Ray participated in the Maltese heat of the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, and came second with “Scarlet Song”.
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