Eurovision: Where every UK entry has reached on the Official Singles Chart

A bad placing in the competition doesn't always translate into a bad chart position...

Eurovision is the most fabulous time of the year, and after being forced to cancel last year's contest, the event is shaping up to be double the fun in 2021.

This year's UK entry is Embers by James Newman; a neon-bright dance pop banger compared to his song My Last Breath from last year's cancelled event.

Ahead of this year's competition, which culminates in the Grand Final on May 22, let's take a look at how every UK Eurovision entry has fared on the Official Chart. 

We first took part in 1957, but didn’t win until 1967, thanks to Sandie Shaw. Puppet On A String was also the first UK Eurovision song to top the Official Singles Chart, spending three weeks at Number 1.

The UK has won Eurovision five times: 

Sandie Shaw with Puppet On A String in 1967
Lulu with Boom Bang-A-Bang in 1969
Brotherhood Of Man with Save Your Kisses For Me in 1976
Bucks Fizz with Making Your Mind Up in 1981
Katrina & The Waves with Love Shine A Light in 1997

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Yep, we last won twenty four years ago. Only three of those five winners got to Number 1, however – it was bad news for Lulu and Katrina. Not to mention the Waves.

Sandie Shaw, looking elated at getting the chance to perform at Eurovision in 1967. (Rex)

If we're talking the UK’s lowest charting Eurovision entry so far, that goes to Bigger Than Us by Michael Rice. The Hartlepool lad's song was written by top Swedish songwriters who had Eurovision experience, but the fact one of the writers also competed against him and opted for a different song (which finished in fifth), that kind of says it all.

Aside from Patricia Bredin and Matt Monro's songs which weren't officially releases, Bigger Than Us is the first Eurovision song to miss the Official Singles Chart Top 200 altogether. Bigger Than Us placed last overall in the contest after only getting 11 points. Still, that’s better than Cry Baby by Jemini, which finished last in 2003 with nul points. Yes, a big fat nothing.

Brotherhood Of Man’s Save All Your Kisses For Me is the UK’s biggest selling Eurovision entry of all time. It’s the only Eurovision song to sell over a million copies!

Remember, Jemini? How could we forget? They scored the UK's first-ever absolute zero (not even a sympathy point for turning up) in 2003 (Action Press/Rex)

If you really want to geek out, the average chart position of a UK Eurovision track is Number 27, while the average Eurovision placing of a UK entrant is eighth. That said, the UK has finished second more times than any other country – 15 times the bridesmaid. 

MORE: Eurovision's highest charting songs in the UK

The complete list of the UK’s Eurovision tracks and Official Singles Chart positions is as follows:

2021 Embers James Newman TBA TBA
2020 My Last Breath James Newman N/A N/A
2019 Bigger Than Us Michael Rice N/A 26
2018 Storm SuRie 50 24
2017 Never Give Up On You Lucie Jones 73 15
2016 You're Not Alone Joe & Jake 81 24
2015 Still In Love With You Electro Velvet 114 24
2014 Children of the Universe Molly 23 17
2013 Believe In Me Bonnie Tyler 93 19
2012 Love Will Set You Free Engelbert Humperdinck 60 25
2011 I Can Blue 16 11
2010 That Sounds Good To Me Josh Dubovie 179 25
2009 It's My Time Jade Ewen 27 5
2008 Even If Andy Abraham 67 23
2007 Flying The Flag (For You) Scooch 5 22
2006 Teenage Life Daz Sampson 8 19
2005 Touch My Fire Javine 18 22
2004 Hold Onto Our Love James Fox 13 16
2003 Cry Baby Jemini 15 26
2002 Come Back Jessica Garlick 13 3
2001 No Dream Impossible Lindsay 32 15
2000 Don't Play That Song Again Nicki French 34 16
1999 Say It Again Precious 6 12
1998 Where Are You Imaani 15 2
1997 Love Shine A Light Katrina & The Waves 3 1
1996 Ooh Ahh... Just A Little Bit  Gina G 1 8
1995 Love City Groove Love City Groove 7 10
1994 Lonely Symphony (We Will Be Free) Frances Ruffelle 25 10
1993 Better The Devil You Know Sonia 15 2
1992 One Step Out Of Time Michael Ball 20 2
1991 A Message To Your Heart Samantha Janus 30 10
1990 Give A Little Love Back To The World Emma 33 6
1989 Why Do I Always Get It Wrong Live Report 73 2
1988 Go Scott Fitzgerald 52 2
1987 Only The Light Rikki Peebles 96 13
1986 Runner In The Night Ryder 98 7
1985 Love Is... Vikki Watson 49 4
1984 Love Games Belle & The Devotions 11 7
1983 I'm Never Giving Up Sweet Dreams 21 6
1982 One Step Further Bardo 2 7
1981 Making Your Mind Up Bucks Fizz 1 1
1980 Love Enough For Two Prima Donna 48 3
1979 Mary Ann Black Lace 42 7
1978 Bad Old Days Co-co 13 11
1977 Rock Bottom Lynsey de Paul & Mike Moran 19 2
1976 Save Your Kisses For Me Brotherhood of Man 1 1
1975 Let Me Be The One The Shadows 12 2
1974 Long Live Love Olivia Newton-John 11 4
1973 Power To All Our Friends Cliff Richard 4 3
1972 Beg, Steal Or Borrow The New Seekers 2 2
1971 Jack In The Box Clodagh Rodgers 3 4
1970 Knock, Knock, Who's There? Mary Hopkin 2 2
1969 Boom Bang-A-Bang Lulu 2 1
1968 Congratulations Cliff Richard 1 2
1967 Puppet On A String Sandie Shaw 1 1
1966 A Man Without Love Kenneth McKellar 30 9
1965 I Belong Kathy Kirby 36 2
1964 I Love The Little Things Matt Monro N/A 2
1963 Say Wonderful Things Ronnie Carroll 6 4
1962 Ring-A-Ding Girl Ronnie Carroll 46 4
1961 Are You Sure The Allisons 2 2
1960 Looking High, High, High Bryan Johnson 20 2
1959 Sing Little Birdie Teddy Johnson & Pearl Carr 12 2
1957 All Patricia Bredin N/A 7

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Take a look at all the UK's Eurovision entries – yes, the whole lot – in our gallery:

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2021 James Newman - Embers