A pop-picking look at how the UK entries and contest winners have fared in the British pop charts. Where shaded, the UK and the winner were the same! NB. For this purpose the top 75 is regarded as the cut-off point even though further positions may be published as this was the length of the published chart for most of the period concerned.
|1956||Lys Assia||X||No Entry||n/a|
|1957||Corry Brokken||X||Patricia Bredin||X|
|1958||Andre Claveau||X||No Entry||n/a|
|1959||Teddy Scholten||X||Carr & Johnson||12|
|1960||Jacqueline Boyer||33||Bryan Johnson||20|
|1962||Isabelle Aubret||X||Ronnie Carroll||46|
|1963||Grethe & Jorgen Ingmann||X||Ronnie Carroll||6|
|1964||Gigliola Cinquetti||17||Matt Monro||X|
|1965||France Gall||X||Kathy Kirby||36|
|1966||Udo Jurgens||X||Kenneth McKellar||30|
|1967||Sandie Shaw||1||Sandie Shaw||1|
|1972||Vicky Leandros||2||New Seekers||2|
|1973||Anne-Marie David||13||Cliff Richard||4|
|1976||Brotherhood Of Man||1||Brotherhood Of Man||1|
|1977||Marie Myriam||42||De Paul & Moran||19|
|1978||Izhar Cohen & A-Beta||20||Coco||13|
|1979||Milk And Honey||5||Black Lace||42|
|1980||Johnny Logan||1||Prima Donna||48|
|1981||Bucks Fizz||1||Bucks Fizz||1|
|1983||Corinne Hermes||X||Sweet Dreams||21|
|1984||Herreys||46||Belle & Devotions||11|
|1988||Celine Dion||X||Scott Fitzgerald||52|
|1992||Linda Martin||59||Michael Ball||20|
|1994||Harrington & McGettigan||X||Frances Ruffelle||25|
|1995||Secret Garden||X||Love City Groove||7|
|1996||Eimarr Quinn||40||Gina G||1|
|1997||Katrina & The Waves||3||Katrina & The Waves||3|
|2000||Olsen Brothers||X||Nicki French||32|
|2001||Padar & Benton||X||Lindsay Dracass||33|
|2002||Marie N||X||Jessica Garlick||13|
|2008||Dima Bilan||X||Andy Abraham||67|
|2009||Alexander Rybak||10||Jade Ewen||27|
|2011||Ell & Nikki||61||Blue||16|
|2013||Emmelie de Forest||15||Bonnie Tyler||X|
|2015||Mans Zelmerlow||11||Electro Velvet||X|
|2016||Jamala||X||Joe & Jake||X|
In 1958 the third placed song “Volare” by Domenico Modugno (Italy) made #10 in the UK chart, cover versions by Dean Martin, Marino Marini, Charlie Drake (!) and Bobby Rydell also charted.
In 1959 the sixth placed song “Ciao Ciao Bambina” by Modugno made #29 in the UK chart, a cover version by Marino Marini (once more!) also charted.
In 1960 the eighth placed song “Romantica” by Renato Rascel (you guessed, Italy) was covered by Jane Morgan and made #39.
In 1961 the fifth placed song “Al Di La” by Betty Curtis (yup, Italy) was covered by countryman Emilio Pericoli and made #30.
In 1964 the sixth placed song “Warum Nur Warum” by Udo Jurgens (Austria) was covered by that years UK entrant Matt Monro in an English version called “Walk Away”. While Matt’s own entry failed to chart, “Walk Away” made #4 in the UK.
In 1967 the fourth placed song “L’Amour Est Bleu” by Vicky Leandros (Luxembourg) went on to be covered by many artists over the next year. The Paul Mauriat Orchestra made #12 and Jeff Beck made #23 with instrumental versions, both in early 1968, and the Dells combined it in a medley with “I Can Sing A Rainbow” making #15 in 1969.
In 1968 the tenth placed song “Marianne” by Sergio Endrigo (Italy) was translated into English and covered by UK entrant Cliff Richard, and made #22 in late 1968.
In 1969 the three winning songs other than Lulu’s failed to crack the UK chart.
In 1974 the songs placed second and third both made #8 in the UK chart. They were “Go” by Gigliola Cinquetti (Italy) and “I See A Star” by Mouth & MacNeal (Netherlands).
In 2007 the second placed song “Dancing Lasha Tumbai” by Verka Serduchka (Ukraine) made #28 in the UK chart.
In 2008 the third placed song “Secret Combination” by Kalomira (Greece) made #71.
In 2009 the second placed song “Is It You” by Yohanna (Iceland) made #49.
In 2011 the eighth placed song “Lipstick” by Jedward (Ireland) made #40.
In 2013 the eighth placed song “Tomorrow” by Gianluca (Malta) made #66 and the fourteenth placed song “You” by Robin Stjernberg (Sweden) made #72.
In 2014 the runner-up song “Calm After The Storm” by The Common Linnets (Netherlands) made #9, the third placed song “Undo” by Sanna Nielsen (Sweden) made #40, the ninth placed song “Cliche Love Song” by Basim (Denmark) made #46 and the fifteenth placed song “No Prejudice” by Pollaponk (Iceland) made #70.
in 2015 the fourth placed song “Rhythm Inside” by Loic Nottet (Belgium) made #69.
In 2016 the fifth placed song “If I Were Sorry” by Frans (Sweden) made #61.
In 1961 “Dream Girl” by Mark Wynter, fourth in the UK final, went on to make #27.
In 1962, “Never Goodbye” by Karl Denver, fourth also, went on to peak at #9.
In 1971, “Another Time, Another Place”. fourth (do you sense a pattern here?) in Clodagh Rodgers Song For Europe, was taken to #13 by none other than Englebert Humperdinck!.
In 1973 “Help It Along/Tomorrow Rising”, which were respectively placed third and fourth in the UK selection, scored a double A-side #29 hit for Cliff Richard.
In 1975 “Don’t Throw It All Away”, which placed fourth in the UK selection, made #20 for its composer Gary Benson.
In 1981 “Have You Ever Been In Love” finished fourth in the UK selection but a year later made #10 for Leo Sayer. Also “Don’t Panic” by Liquid Gold achieved #42.
In 1982 “Fantasy Island” failed in the Dutch final but a cover went on to very soon achieve #5 in the UK chart for Tight Fit.
In 1995, several songs from the UK pre-selection charted after a very high profile selection show. Just look at this: *I Need You” by Deuce #10, “Go For The Heart” by Sox #47, Londonbeat “I’m Just Your Puppet On A (String!) #55, “One Gift Of Love” by Dear Jon #68.
In 2000, “Only The Women Know” by Six Chix, runner-up in the UK final, attained #72.
In 2001, “To Die For” by Luke Galliana, which made the last eight of the UK selection but not the televised final, made #42.