How many times has the UK won Eurovision and who were the winning acts? – The Sun | The Sun

THE Eurovision Song Contest has been thrilling us Brits since 1957.

For 2023 the big event is being held in the UK – but some fans may wonder how many times we have won the Song Contest.

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.

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.

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

All of the 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.

Brotherhood of Man

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

The contest took place in The Hague, in the Netherlands, the same country the 2021 edition was held in.

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.

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