Top 5: Greatest Eurovision Runners-Up Ever

  1. Verka Serduchka Dancing Lasha Tumbai (Ukraine 2007)

We were at the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki in 2007 when this had the misfortune of following immediately after eventual winner Molitva by Marija Šerifović. We hadn’t fancied it much before we left London for Finland but when we arrived it was clear what a fan favourite it was. Multiple key changes, a riot in Bacofoil and a simple, insistent hook, it defeated Šerifović in a recent Eurovision Again vote. ‘Let’s speak dance!’

  • Read on for reasons including the UK’s greatest runner-up, Chiara and why Selma was All Out Of Luck

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5 greatest UK Eurovision Song Contest entries ever

  1. Brotherhood Of Man Save Your Kisses For Me

At the risk of a lady disclosing her age, we were six years old when this romped home as the UK’s 3rd winner after Sandie Shaw and Lulu in 1976. We thought the ‘ … even though you’re only 3 …’ pay-off line twee even then. The British Airways-inspired outfits would later front their own entry as Scooch with Flying The Flag in Helsinki in 2007.

  • Read on for highlights and archive performances from acts including Kathy Kirby

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