UNITED KINGDOM – With five bottom five placings – including the dreaded wooden spoon – and only one appearance on the left side of the scoreboard, the last nine Eurovision Song Contests have brought little but despair for the once-dominant UK.
But what have the entrants who sadly failed to bring home any kind of glory been up to since? From reality TV and musical theatre to cruise ships and concept albums, here’s how the UK’s last nine entrants bounced back.
Josh Dubovie (2010)
‘That Sounds Good to Me’ inevitably finished rock bottom in Oslo in 2010 but that didn’t stop the Essex boy from persevering with a pop career. Since then, Josh has enjoyed a seven-month spell as a cruise ship performer, served as an on-site manager for a construction company and worked for a Canadian custom furniture firm.
The recently reunited Blue had enjoyed success all across Europe during their early ’00s heyday and their fist-clenching empowering anthem, ‘I Can,’ had all the hallmarks of a winner. But it wasn’t to be and the quartet had to make do with 11th place with 100 points, (disappointingly the UK’s highest finish this decade). The three-time chart-toppers went on to reach the UK Top 20 with both 2013 album Roulette and 2015 follow-up Colours, gatecrash the utterly compelling first series of The Big Reunion and become the unwitting stars of elaborate prank show Blue Go Mad in Ibiza.
Engelbert Humperdinck (2012)
Having achieved some success with a relatively contemporary act, the UK’s Eurovision committee believed the next logical step was to recruit a 75-year-old crooner who hadn’t scored a hit since the days of Brotherhood of Man. Now 82 years old, Humperdinck is still going strong and is currently in the midst of a North American tour.
Bonnie Tyler (2013)
Like her predecessor, Tyler capitalised on her high-profile comeback, scoring her highest chart position in 27 years with her 16th LP, Rocks and Honey. And just last month she achieved her first UK Top 40 album since 1986 with follow-up Between the Earth and the Stars. The three-time Grammy nominee has also recorded collaborations with artists as diverse as X Factor graduate Rhydian, German metal outfit Axel Rudi Pell and The Quireboys frontman Spike. And in 2017 she helped to mark the solar eclipse by joining Joe Jonas and the rest of his DNCE bandmates for a cover of her signature hit, ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart.’
Molly’s bad luck continued that summer when her Glastonbury set was disrupted by the good ol’ British weather. She’s since returned to her dance roots on collabs with DJs Si Tew and Zwette, while in 2015 she was sampled by Kanye West producer Hudson Mohawke on his track ‘Shadows.’
Electro Velvet (2015)
After amassing five points in Vienna, Alex Larke and Bianca Nicholas went their separate ways. The former released a solo album, Disposable Love, in 2017 which featured a guest appearance from big beat legend Cut La Roc. While the latter went on to co-found the Cystic Fibrosis Vocal Choir having been born with the genetic condition herself. And then in 2018, out of nowhere, the duo reunited to release a belated follow-up single, ‘Take Me Home,’ another vintage swing throwback.
Joe and Jake (2016)
The pair released one more single together, ‘Tongue Tied,’ in 2017, before Joe joined forces with another talent show alumni, Britain’s Got Talent finalists Jack Pack, who reached No.8 in the UK with a self-titled collection of swing covers. Jake took a break from performing before returning to the stage for various gigs late last year, including a one-off show in Barcelona with his Eurovision partner in crime.
Lucie Jones (2017)
Since then, Jones has returned to the musical theatre stage, appearing as Julia’s best friend Holly in The Wedding Singer, the Ghost of Christmas Future in A Christmas Carol and leading lady Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. The 28-year-old has recently performed a series of ‘up, close and personal’ dates in her homeland and duetted with Les Miserables star John Owen-Jones on a cover of Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli’s ‘The Prayer.’
The 30-year-old has since embarked on a Eurovision Unplugged tour in which she performed stripped-back covers of her favourite ever entries. And earlier this year she released ‘Dozen,’ a concept album designed to represent each month of the year featuring songs such as Prince’s ‘Sometimes It Snows in April’ and Green Day’s ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends.’