Eurovision 2022: How Sam Ryder turned things around for the UK

Eurovision 2022: How Sam Ryder turned things around for the UK

Eurovision 2022: How Sam Ryder turned things around for the UK By Mark Savage BBC Music Correspondent - Published Fifteen years ago, I landed in Finland's to cover my first ever Eurovision Song Contest. That year, the British entry was Scooch's Flying The Flag (For You), a trifling three minutes of kitsch nonsense. And on the taxi drive from Helsinki Airport, my driver had something to say about it. "Oh, you're from England?" he inquired. "Your song is a joke." He wasn't wrong. Scooch finished joint 22nd (out of 24), tying with France on 19 points. Malta later admitted they'd awarded 12 of those points in a symbolic protest over vote trading in Eastern Europe. For the next decade and a half, the UK didn't fare much better. In 2019 …
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