Can Jade Ewen make the BBC’s dream come true and finish second in this weekend Eurovision Song Contest?
What would the best result be for the United Kingdom this weekend from the 54th Eurovision Song Contest? To be brutally honest, second. After all that would show a huge improvement than previous years, it would leave everyone feeling proud, and most importantly, the BBC would not have to host it next year!
So who else has gained the ultimate accolade for the UK of doing their best but keeping a close eye on the purse strings? Lets find out our super second place singers, shall we?
Better The Devil you Know, Sonia (1993)
The Scouser really should have won it with this chirpy number, but no matter. The point is she did well, and everyone could relax as they knew they were going back to Ireland in 1994… again. (And as a bonus, there’s some of Terry Wogan’s intro to start with).
One Step Out Of Time, Michael Ball (1992)
What happens when Wogan isn’t there? It sounds a bit like this… Musical star Michael Ball, when asked if he’d ever do Eurovision, is quoted as saying he’d “rather stick pins in my eyes than enter Eurovision again.”
Let Me Be The One, The Shadows (1975)
Not only did Cliff Richard’s backing band represent the United Kingdom, but they did it against a backdrop of strange looks of people wondering why they had been chosen. Their second place was a vindication of that choice, although we here at The Dust reckon they got the votes because this is one of the few tracks where they sing. Perhaps if they had been quiet they would have won?
Beg, Steal or Borrow, The New Seekers (1972)
It might be in moscow this year, but Eurovision once graced Baird Hall in Edinburgh, and bubblegum pop ensemble The New Seekers took this classic to second place – and Moscow decided to honour them with a Russian Folk Band covering it in this year’s first Semi-Final!
Congratulations, Cliff Richard (1968)
“Franco rigged it so Cliff came second!” so goes the theory, but it’s a classic Eurovision song, and we wonder if Cliff would be up for a reprise next year?