How many times has the UK won Eurovision and who are our five winning acts?

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THE Eurovision Song Contest has been on our screens since 1957 and has spawned winners from many different countries.

The UK is one of the biggest backers of the event and thankfully, we have been rewarded with five wins during its history. Here’s everything you need to know about our past victors…

When did the UK last win the Eurovision Song Contest?

The UK last triumphed at Eurovision in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves.

Their song was called Love Shine a Light and it received a whopping 227 points.

The band was formed of Katrina Leskanich, Kimberley Rew, Vince de la Cruz and Alex Cooper.

The band’s previously big hit was in 1985 with Walking on Sunshine.

The UK last won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves
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Who else has won the Eurovision Song Contest for the UK?

Sandie Shaw

The UK’s first ever winner was Sandie Shaw with the track Puppet on a String in 1967, which was hosted that year in Vienna.

Sandie, 71, was one of the most successful pop artists in the 1960s, with her Eurovision win the icing on the cake in that decade.

Sandie retired from performing in 2013.


Two years after Sandie’s win, Lulu triumphed in 1969 in Madrid.

Lulu, now 69, sang Boom Bang-a-Bang but her win wasn’t without controversy.

Spain, The Netherlands and Spain tied with The UK on 18 points and there were no rules in place to decide an overall winner.

All four countries were declared winners but Finland, Norway, Sweden and Portugal did not participate in the 1970 Contest as a protest against the result the following year.

The rules were then changed to make sure the situation never happened again.

Sandie Shaw was the first UK Eurovision entrant to win back in 1967
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Brotherhood of Man

In 1976 Brotherhood of Man triumphed with Save Your Kisses For Me.

The contest took place in The Hague, in the Netherlands.

The song then became a worldwide hit and has remained one of the biggest selling Eurovision winner tracks ever.

Bucks Fizz

The UK were crowned victors again in the 1980s when Bucks Fizz received the most points in 1981.

The four-piece, made up of Cheryl Baker, Bobby G, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston, performed Making Your Mind Up, complete with colourful outfits and tearaway skirts.

The song was one of three of the band’s UK number one singles.

In 1985 Jay Aston quit the group to be replaced by Shelley Preston.

Bucks Fizz won with Making Your Mind Up in 1981
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How can I watch Eurovision 2020?

Eurovision has been cancelled for 2020 for the first time in its 64-year history due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, replacement show – Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light – will air on May 16, 2020 honouring the 41 songs that would have been performed in the 2020 contest, but in a non-competitive version.

You can catch it on BBC One at 8pm.

The live show is two hours long with Graham Norton providing a live commentary.