Andy Abraham was the winner of the contest with the song "Even If" and went on to represent the United Kingdom in Serbia. As a member of the 'Big 4', the United Kingdom was one of five countries directly qualified into the final on 24 May 2008 and does not need to compete in either of the semi-finals, although it was able to vote in the second of the two semi-finals.
There were wide sweeping rumours about which artists were going to try for Eurovision, one in particular was Bill Bailey however his tour in Australia kept him out, however he said that he might try out for next year.
The format consisted of 3 categories, each with 2 songs in. One song qualified from each category, with a fourth wildcard song being picked by Terry Wogan. Then 2 participants with the highest number of phone votes sang again in a 'superfinal' later that evening.
The first category featured two different girl groups. LoveShy is the creation of two former members of girl group Clea. Emma Beard and Aimee Kearsley left the band and created the single Mr Gorgeous which they performed on Your Decision. The other group in the category were named The Revelations and were made up of three friends
In the final category two soloists performed for the chance to represent the UK. Ex-Eastender star turned singer Michelle Gayle sang "Woo (U Make Me)", and got through hands down to the semi-final and then precceded on to the final after the public vote. Andy still got through, after Terry Wogan used his wildcard to keep him in the competition.
The semi-final consisted of all the acts who made it through the first rounds and the wildcard Andy Abraham who was voted in by Terry Wogan. After the public vote only two of the four acts made it to the final. Simona Armstrong and The Revelations received the lowest amount of public votes, blocking them from entering the final. Michelle Gayle and Andy Abraham, the two soloists, proceeded to the final.
In the final, the act who received the highest amount of televotes would win, and represent the United Kingdom in Serbia. Andy won and did represent the UK in the final of Eurovision 2008. Although Andy did hope the song would make a good showing in Belgrade, his task was not made easy.He came last with only 14 points.
The United Kingdom's entry finished in 25th position with 14 points, joint last with Germany and Poland. Following Eurovision tie-breaking rules, the United Kingdom was placed last overall as it had fewer 12-point votes than Germany and fewer 10-point votes than Poland.
BBC Eurovision host Terry Wogan called Abraham's song, "Even If", "the best UK entry for a while", expressed frustration with the contest result and suggested that Britain follows Italy's suit and no longer enter the competition. In his radio show on 27 May, Wogan remarked on a conversation with Abraham, who had said that he was not expecting a high vote for the usual 'block voting' reasons, and 'another reason' which Wogan was not prepared to discuss on air, presumed to be related to Abraham's race. In an interview, Swedish group Bodies Without Organs stated that if the UK put in more effort then they can win. They also mentioned in the interview that they had been invited to participate in a United Kingdom national final before, but refused as they were not allowed to write their own song.