Eurovision Song Contest: Biggest ever chart flops
The United Kingdom’s entries always used to fare reasonably well in the tallies, with Sandie Shaw not only winning the competition but also becoming the first to fly to the top of the charts with Puppet On A String in 1967.
However none of our hopefuls have hit No1 since 1996 when Gina G’s Ooh Ahh… Just A Little Bit went to the summit, after coming eighth in Eurovision.
In fact, only one of our flag-bearers this century – Scooch’s Flying The Flag (For You) in 2007 – has even hit the Top 5 in the UK charts.
So who are our biggest ever chart flops? Below are the ten British Eurovision Song Contest tracks with the lowest singles chart peaks – and in the event of a tie, we’ve reverted to the songs’ Eurovision placing.
And no, despite famously scoring nul points, Jemini’s Cry Baby still charted at No15 – so isn’t anywhere close to being on this list.
10. Love Will Set You Free – Englebert Humperdinck (2012)
Chart peak: No60; Eurovision placing: 25th
An Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriter in the form of Sacha Skarbek couldn’t help this song find an audience, sadly: Englebert had to perform first on the night, meaning he was all but forgotten by the time it came to vote.
9. Even If – Andy Abraham (2008)
Chart peak: No67; Eurovision placing: 23rd
X Factor runner-up Abraham staged a mini-comeback when he went to Eurovision for us, though he ultimately finished at the bottom of the leaderboard with only 14 points. He didn’t exactly set the charts alight either.
8. Why Do I Always Get It Wrong – Live Report (1989)
Chart peak: 73; Eurovision placing: 2nd
Live Report came second at Eurovision, losing out on the title by a mere seven points. But even though Europe was enamoured with it, Brits weren’t – and it failed to rise higher than No73 in the charts.
Lucie Jones competed last year
7. Never Give Up On You – Lucie Jones (2017)
Chart peak: 73; Eurovision placing: 15th
It was only last year that Lucie Jones left viewers ecstatic that we had actually, for the first time in years, finished mid-table as opposed to the very bottom. But despite a powerful vocal performance, sales and streams of Never Give Up On You were low, and it charted no higher than No73.
Joe and Jake didn’t fare too well
6. You’re Not Alone – Joe and Jake (2016)
Chart peak: 81; Eurovision placing: 24th
Joe and Jake were the first casualties of the rejuvenated Eurovision voting system: whereas they scored very highly with the jury in 2016, when the public votes were piled on, they slumped right down to the wrong end of the leaderboard. That disappointment was reflected in the UK singles chart, too, where they barely made it into the Top 100.
5. Believe In Me – Bonnie Tyler (2013)
Chart peak: 93; Eurovision placing: 19th
Bonnie Tyler was supposed to be a safe pair of hands for the British ship in 2013, but Believe In Me was ultimately not memorable enough to make an impact either on Eurovision viewers or British music-buyers.
4. Only The Light – Rikki Peebles (1987)
Chart peak: 96; Eurovision placing: 13th
47 points were accrued by Peebles in the late 80s; enough to finish mid-table in Brussels. But the song only just made the Top 100 here.
3. Runner In The Night – Ryder (1986)
Chart peak: 98; Eurovision placing: 7th
Another 1980s chart flop, Ryder won the British ticket by winning A Song For Europe – but however much viewers loved the song before the Contest, they seemed to be indifferent to it afterwards, and it could only chart at a lowly No98.
2. Still In Love With You – Electro Velvet (2015)
Chart peak: 114; Eurovision placing: 24th
Poor Electro Velvet were completely lambasted when Still In Love With You was announced as the UK entry in 2015, and sure enough they completely tanked in Vienna – receiving five points. Over here, the track missed the Top 100 completely.
Josh Dubovie didn’t have the best time at Eurovision
1. That Sounds Good To Me – Josh Dubovie (2010)
Chart peak: 179; Eurovision placing: 25th
Spare a thought for Josh Dubovie: sent to Eurovision with a song written by certified star-makers Pete Waterman and Mike Stock, voted through by the public on Eurovision: Your Country Needs You… and then completely abandoned when it all went wrong. Not only did it finish in last place (scoring a total of ten points), it also became the lowest-charting British Eurovision entry ever on the singles chart.