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BBC Eurovision Nora | 17:38 UK time, Friday, 13 April 2012

To celebrate the launch of our brand spanking new Eurovision site AND... the news that 'Love Will Set You Free' has made Radio 2's A list playlist. We thought we'd reminisce about some of the highs and lows of previous UK Entries. How well they fair in the UK Top 40? Here's a chart rundown pop-pickers...

It's no surprise to hear Eurovision winners Bucks Fizz (Making Your Mind Up) and Brotherhood of Man (Save All Your Kisses for Me) had number one hits off the back of their Eurovision wins. But did you know Katrina and The Waves only reached Number 3 with 'Love Shine a Light' despite trouncing the competition in 1997?

Katrina and the Waves

Katrina and the Waves

And what about those Eurovision hits, embraced by the British public but dismissed by the other 'active members of the European Broadcasting Union'? Often cited as the 'best UK Eurovision song, NEVER to win'; Gina G's 'Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit' reached 8th place in the 1996 Contest - was not only a UK Number 1, but made the US top 20 too.

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, the UK has finished second place in Eurovision an incredible, record breaking 15 times, but that doesn't mean automatic chart success either. No prizes for coming second. Step forward UK Eurovision runners-up, Michael Ball, Sonia and Scott Fitzgerald, who peaked at 20, 15 and 52 in the UK Top 40 respectively.

So... is this the year Engelbert Humperdinck can achieve the double whammy of UK Number 1 and triumph as Eurovision winner in 2012? Let us know. What Eurovision entries do you think deserved better chart success?


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