The much-anticipated Eurovision Song Contest returns for 2022. This year’s event will see 25 works shown on stage in Turin to represent their country.
The UK Alliance hasn’t had much luck in its annual singing competition in recent years, with last year’s participant ending up at the bottom of the leaderboard with scary singing points. However, TikTok sensation Sam Ryder is hoping to take back the country with his hit song, Space Man.
With the Eurovision final in Italy kicking off, here’s a look at some of the stars who have tried – and failed – to lift the UK Cup.
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Katie Price almost represented the UK at the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest. The former supermodel reached the final round of qualifying with her performance in Not Just Anyone.
The reality star was heavily pregnant with her son Junior at the time and performed in bleached blonde hair and a pink latex suit. Unfortunately, I missed the chance to move to Eurovision after Javine Hylton (who finished 22nd in the end) won the slot in the annual squad.
Kym Marsh was originally best known as a part of the popular band Hear’Say on Popstars: The Rivals. However, after breaking up in an effort to acquire her solo music career, she participated in the Eurovision qualifiers in 2006.
Sadly, like Katie, she ended up missing out after taking fourth place with her song Whisper to Me. She instead continued to focus on her acting career, joining the cast of ITV’s Coronation Street as Michelle Connor.
Kim is not the only soap star who has tried her luck representing the UK at Eurovision. However, unlike Kym, Samantha Womack actually managed to make it to the big day.
The actress – who played Ronnie Mitchell in EastEnders on BBC – placed 10th in 1991 for her performance in A Message To Your Heart.
Impressionist and actress Kate Robbins – known to some as the mother of Emily Attack – is another surprise star of Eurovision. Kate represented the UK at Eurovision in 1980 as part of the six-piece Prima Donna band.
The band took third place with their song Love Enough For Two. However, despite their solid performance, Prima Donna went his separate ways soon after the competition.
Last but not least, popular boyband Blue reunited in 2011 to perform for the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest. Lee Ryan, Duncan James, Anthony Costa, and Simon Webb made the move as part of their 10th anniversary celebrations.
They did their I Can track to the Eurovision stage but only managed to reach 10th place on the leaderboard.
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