Eurovision: Forget ‘nul points’, UK takes 14th place in Spotify streams of entries | Ents & Arts News

The UK has a love-hate relationship with the Eurovision Song Contest, with our infamous “nul points” result in 2003 a notable low.

But this year – despite the competition being cancelled due to coronavirus – the UK can proudly claim a place in the top 20.

Sort of.

Newman filmed the video in snowy mountains on the Czeh Republic-Polish border
James Newman sings My Last Breath – a love song about deep sea divers

Spotify have globally ranked the streaming figures for all the Eurovision finalists, with the UK entry – My Last Breath – taking a respectable 14th place.

When narrowed down to UK streaming figures, the UK entry does even better, taking 7th place.

The love song, about deep sea divers, is performed by James Newman – the brother of popstar John Newman.

Still from the official video of Think About Things  by Daoi Freyr (Daoi & Gagnamagnio)
Still from the video of Think About Things by Daoi Freyr (Daoi & Gagnamagnio)

The UK has not made it into the top 10 in the actual contest since 2009.

Iceland take the top spot according to Spotify’s streaming data, which has been collected since 26 February when the official Eurovision 2020 playlist launched on the platform.

Icelandic synth-pop six piece Daoi & Gagnamagnio’s song Think About Things is the most listened to of all this year’s tunes.

Male singer Daoi Freyr is actually a solo act, and he put together the band – which includes his wife, sister and friends – especially for the contest.

Jay Aston Colquhounis (bottom left) won Eurovision in 1981 as a member of Bucks Fizz
Bucks Fizz won Eurovision in 1981 with Making Your My Mind Up

The 80s-inspired track, which they perform wearing bright green jumpers, is about the lead singer’s baby daughter.

Iceland have never actually won the competition, and while acts can return next year, new songs are mandatory – so this song will sadly never get the chance to compete in the real contest.

It’s no surprise that the most streamed Eurovision artists of all time are Swedish foursome ABBA.

Conchita Wurst won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014
Conchita Wurst won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014

However, milk churning maidens, Russian grandmothers, Finnish monsters and an Austrian bearded beauty have also all grabbed the world’s attention over the years.

The last UK act to win Eurovision were Katrina And The Waves back in 1997, and before that Bucks Fizz in 1981.

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The longest-running annual TV contest in history, this year’s show would have seen 26 finalists compete in the Netherlands for the top place, and the chance to host the show next year.

This is the first time in the competition’s 64-year history it’s not gone ahead.

After the event was called off by the European Broadcasting Union in March due to COVID-19, the Rotterdam venue was put to good use as a coronavirus field hospital.

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