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1969 - Why United Kingdom should be the winner!

01 April 2012 at 06:02 CEST

The case for the United Kingdom to be the winner may on paper appear to be stronger. After the 1969 tie, new rules were brought in for the 1970 contest. Had there been a tie then, the countries not involved in the tie would then have to revote on those that had been involved in the dead heat.

Although it is impossible to determine where all the votes of the 12 losing countries in the 1969 contest would have gone, we can look at what votes they did award to the four countries in contention. In this case the United Kingdom received 17 votes, Spain received 16 votes and The Netherlands and France both only received 12 votes.

Commercially of the four winners in 1969 the United Kingdom entry was probably the most successful throughout Europe, and the title itself has become popular media short hand to describe a typical Eurovision song. The United Kingdom has twice narrowly lost the contest by a single point; and many

think it would be unfortunate now if they were to also narrowly lose out on the 1969 title.

Watch United Kingdom 1969

More about Lulu

Lulu was born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie on 3rd November, 1948 in Lennoxtown, Scotland.

In 1964 aged just fifteen, and with the stage name of Lulu, she scored a big chart hit with Shout. In 1967 she had a role in the film To Sir, With Love, and had a number one hit in the USA with the title song.

She had further success with the theme from another film, the James Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun. Her association with the contest continued when she presented the United Kingdom final in 1975, as well as being a guest panelist in the national finals of 1989 and again in 2009.

In 1993 she finally topped the British charts along with Take That with a cover version of Relight My Fire. She continues to perform, tour, record albums and present on television.