United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007

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Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Country United Kingdom
National selection
Selection processEurovision: Making Your Mind Up
Selection date(s)17 March 2007
Selected entrantScooch
Selected song"Flying The Flag (For You)"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Final result22nd, 19 points[1]
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
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The United Kingdom was represented by Scooch in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with the song "Flying the Flag (for You)".

The British entry finished joint 22nd in the contest with France, with 19 points.

Before Eurovision[edit]

Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up 2007[edit]

Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up 2007 was the national final developed by the BBC in order to select the British entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007. Six acts competed in a televised show on 17 March 2007 held at the Maidstone Studios in Maidstone, Kent and hosted by Terry Wogan and Fearne Cotton. The winner was selected entirely through a public vote over two rounds. The show was broadcast on BBC One between 19:30 and 21:30 GMT.

Competing entries[edit]

A number of rumours circulated about the finalists competing in the national final, including Scissor Sisters, Queentastic, Ace of Base (which was later denied on their website sometime prior to BBC's official reveal) and Daz Sampson & Carol Decker (Sampson submitted the song "Goodbye" but the BBC felt it was too soon for him to enter since he represented the UK the previous year).[2][3][4] Morrissey was approached in January 2007 to write a song for the national final, but it wasn't produced in time.[citation needed] Justin Hawkins & Beverlei Brown replaced The Puppini Sisters who had been earlier approached by the BBC due to the their submitted material, "And She Sang" and "Don't Call Again", were considered unsuitable for the competition. The six competing artists and songs were announced on 28 February 2007.

Final[edit]

Six acts compete in the televised final on 17 March 2007. The winner was selected by a public vote over two rounds. In the first round, the top two songs, "I'll Leave My Heart" performed by Cyndi and "Flying the Flag (for You)" performed by Scooch, advanced to the second round. In the second round, the public vote selected the winner, "Flying the Flag (for You)" performed by Scooch.

During the announcement of the final result, Wogan announced the winner to be Cyndi while simultaneously, Cotton revealed the winner to be Scooch. Wogan's announcement was louder than Cotton's, leading many people to believe Cyndi was the winner. After several seconds of confusion, it was finally confirmed that Scooch were the winners. The BBC later issued a written apology, blaming the blunder on "live TV".

First Round – 17 March 2007
Draw Artist Song Composer(s) Place Result
1 Liz McClarnon "(Don't It Make You) Happy" John McLaughlin, Simon Perry, Liz McClarnon, Dave Thomas 5 Eliminated
2 Brian Harvey "I Can" Connor Reeves, Grant Mitchell 6 Eliminated
3 Big Brovaz "Big Bro Thang" Nadia, Cherise, J-Rock, Randy 3 Eliminated
4 Cyndi "I'll Leave My Heart" Henry Gorman, Paul Mosel Advanced
5 Scooch "Flying the Flag (for You)" Russ Spencer, Morten Schjolin, Andrew Hill, Paul Tarry Advanced
6 Justin Hawkins & Beverlei Brown "They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To" Justin Hawkins 4 Eliminated
Second Round – 17 March 2007
Draw Artist Song Televote Place
1 Cyndi "I'll Leave My Heart" 46% 2
2 Scooch "Flying the Flag (for You)" 54% 1

At Eurovision[edit]

Performing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007.

As a member of the Big Four, the United Kingdom automatically qualified to compete in the final held on 12 May. Scooch was drawn to perform nineteenth in the line-up. At the end of the contest, the song finished in 22nd place with only 19 points, ahead of only Ireland, who came last. Nevertheless, the United Kingdom still managed to receive a maximum score of 12pts from Malta.

Points awarded by the United Kingdom[edit]

Back-up jury vote[edit]

Points awarded to the United Kingdom (final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Unofficial Representation[edit]

Despite Scooch being the official representatives, the UK was unofficially representing Eurovision for other countries.

  • For the second year in a row Turkey employed British dancers.
  • The Greek representative Sarbel was born and brought up in London.
  • The Andorran lead singer is from the UK.
  • One of the members of the Polish entry, The Jet Set is also from the UK.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://eurovision.tv/country/united-kingdom/profile
  2. ^ "Exclusive: Ace of Base: No to Sweden, Yes to UK". esctoday.com. 11 October 2006. Retrieved 11 October 2006.
  3. ^ "Queentastic rejected from Norwegian finals - looking to UK". esctoday.com. 7 October 2006. Retrieved 7 October 2006.
  4. ^ "Exclusive: Daz reveals song and duet partner for Eurovision". oikotimes.com. 1 October 2006. Archived from the original on 10 October 2006. Retrieved 1 October 2006.

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