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The United Kingdom made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957. To date, the UK has won the Eurovision Song Contest 5 times. The UK has also finished second a record 16 times and also has the record for the longest-running string of Top 5 placings.

The United Kingdom holds the record for the longest run of consecutive appearances in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. The record would have gone to Germany had the country not been relegated in a pre-selection round in 1996.

The UK holds another record, which is regarded as one of the biggest achievements in the history of the Contest: coming in second in the final ranking 16 times.

The United Kingdom has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 9 times (if we include upcoming Liverpool 2023), stepping in to stage the event when others were unable to do so. The UK last hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998 in Birmingham following Katrina and the Waves' victory with Love Shine A Light in 1997.

Participation history

Event Contestant Song Place
Turin 2022
SPACE MAN
Grand Final
2nd - 466 points
Rotterdam 2021
Embers
Grand Final
26th - 0 points
Rotterdam 2020
My Last Breath
Tel Aviv 2019
Bigger Than Us
Grand Final
26th - 11 points
Lisbon 2018
Storm
Grand Final
24th - 48 points
Kyiv 2017
Never Give Up On You
Grand Final
15th - 111 points
Stockholm 2016
You're Not Alone
Grand Final
24th - 62 points
Vienna 2015
Still In Love With You
Grand Final
24th - 5 points
Copenhagen 2014
Children of the Universe
Grand Final
17th - 40 points
Malmö 2013
Believe In Me
Grand Final
19th - 23 points
Baku 2012
Love Will Set You Free
Grand Final
25th - 12 points
Düsseldorf 2011
I Can
Grand Final
11th - 100 points
Oslo 2010
That Sounds Good To Me
Grand Final
25th - 10 points
Moscow 2009
It's My Time
Grand Final
5th - 173 points
Belgrade 2008
Even If
Grand Final
25th - 14 points
Helsinki 2007
Flying The Flag (for You)
Grand Final
22nd - 19 points
Athens 2006
Teenage Life
Grand Final
19th - 25 points
Kyiv 2005
Touch My Fire
Grand Final
22nd - 18 points
Istanbul 2004
Hold On To Our Love
Grand Final
16th - 29 points
Riga 2003
Cry Baby
Grand Final
26th - 0 points
Tallinn 2002
Come Back
Grand Final
3rd - 111 points
Copenhagen 2001
No Dream Impossible
Grand Final
15th - 28 points
Stockholm 2000
Don't Play That Song Again
Grand Final
16th - 28 points
Jerusalem 1999
Say It Again
Grand Final
12th - 38 points
Birmingham 1998
Where Are You?
Grand Final
2nd - 166 points
Dublin 1997
Love Shine A Light
Grand Final
1st - 227 points
Oslo 1996
Ooh...Aah...Just A Little Bit
Grand Final
8th - 77 points
Dublin 1995
Love City Groove
Grand Final
10th - 76 points
Dublin 1994
We Will Be Free (lonely Symphony)
Grand Final
10th - 63 points
Millstreet 1993
Better The Devil You Know
Grand Final
2nd - 164 points
Malmö 1992
One Step Out Of Time
Grand Final
2nd - 139 points
Rome 1991
A Message To Your Heart
Grand Final
10th - 47 points
Zagreb 1990
Give A Little Love Back To The World
Grand Final
6th - 87 points
Lausanne 1989
Why Do I Always Get It Wrong
Grand Final
2nd - 130 points
Dublin 1988
Go
Grand Final
2nd - 136 points
Brussels 1987
Only The Light
Grand Final
13th - 47 points
Bergen 1986
Runner In The Night
Grand Final
7th - 72 points
Gothenburg 1985
Love Is...
Grand Final
4th - 100 points
Luxembourg 1984
Love Games
Grand Final
7th - 63 points
Munich 1983
I'm Never Giving Up
Grand Final
6th - 79 points
Harrogate 1982
One Step Further
Grand Final
7th - 76 points
Dublin 1981
Making Your Mind Up
Grand Final
1st - 136 points
The Hague 1980
Love Enough For Two
Grand Final
3rd - 106 points
Jerusalem 1979
Mary Ann
Grand Final
7th - 73 points
Paris 1978
The Bad Old Days
Grand Final
11th - 61 points
London 1977
Rock Bottom
Grand Final
2nd - 121 points
The Hague 1976
Save Your Kisses For Me
Grand Final
1st - 164 points
Stockholm 1975
Let Me Be The One
Grand Final
2nd - 138 points
Brighton 1974
Long Live Love
Grand Final
4th - 14 points
Luxembourg 1973
Power To All Our Friends
Grand Final
3rd - 123 points
Edinburgh 1972
Beg, Steal Or Borrow
Grand Final
2nd - 114 points
Dublin 1971
Jack In The Box
Grand Final
4th - 98 points
Amsterdam 1970
Knock, Knock (who's There?)
Grand Final
2nd - 26 points
Madrid 1969
Boom Bang-a-bang
Grand Final
1st - 18 points
London 1968
Congratulations
Grand Final
2nd - 28 points
Vienna 1967
Puppet On A String
Grand Final
1st - 47 points
Luxembourg 1966
A Man Without Love
Grand Final
9th - 8 points
Naples 1965
I Belong
Grand Final
2nd - 26 points
Copenhagen 1964
I Love The Little Things
Grand Final
2nd - 17 points
London 1963
Say Wonderful Things
Grand Final
4th - 28 points
Luxembourg 1962
Ring-a-ding Girl
Grand Final
4th - 10 points
Cannes 1961
Are You Sure?
Grand Final
2nd - 24 points
London 1960
Looking High, High, High
Grand Final
2nd - 25 points
Cannes 1959
Sing Little Birdie
Grand Final
2nd - 16 points
Frankfurt 1957
All
Grand Final
7th - 6 points