United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2003
|Eurovision Song Contest 2003|
|Selection process||A Song For Europe|
|Selection date(s)||2 March 2003|
|Selected song||"Cry Baby"|
|Final result||26th, 0 points|
|United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest|
United Kingdom participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2003. They used A Song For Europe to choose their entry. The winner was Liverpudlian duo Jemini with the song "Cry Baby". The song went on to gain the worst placing ever for the United Kingdom - last place with no points.
A Song For Europe 2003
Nikki French, the singer who represented the United Kingdom in 2000, expressed her interest in participating again, and had submitted two songs to the selection. The fee for sending in a song was £110, and under £20 if you were 17 or under. A total of 700 songs were received by the BBC for the selection, 150 more than the year before.
Between 27 January 2003 and 30 January 2003 the eight songs in the semi final were played on BBC Radio 2 on a show hosted by Ken Bruce and Terry Wogan, both the radio and television commentators for the Eurovision Song Contest in the United Kingdom, and were also available to listen to online. and were available to listen to online. Over 30,000 votes were cast during the show to find the four finalists for A Song For Europe.
A number of changes were made to the line up before the final on 2 March 2003. Tricity changed their name to Jemini, due to one member leaving the act. Esther Hart was also replaced as she decided take part in the Dutch selection, and went on to represent Netherlands in the contest with One More Night. She was replaced with the group United Colours Of Sound, who were Jessica Garlick's backing singers the year before. The line up was changed again, with Simon Chapman, an unknown singer, replacing the United Colours of Sound in singing the song Now and Forever.
The final was held on 2 March 2003 hosted by Terry Wogan. In between each song, previous Eurovision Song Contest winners for the United Kingdom shared their experience at the contest. After the songs were over, the voting lines were open briefly. In this time, the regional vote announcers were introduced. These were as follows:
|Northern Ireland||Joe Mace|
|Midlands||Mel and Sue|
|North England||Matt Baker|
After the first few votes had been announced, it was obvious that it would be a two horse race between Cry Baby and Help Me, with Ever Since That Night trailing behind. The eventual winner was "Cry Baby", written and composed by Martin Isherwood and sung by Jemini, a duo hailing from Liverpool.
|Artist||Song||Place||Total||South England||Wales||Northern Ireland||Midlands||North England||Scotland|
|Simon Chapman||"Now and Forever"||4||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Mimi||"Ever Since that Night"||3||54||9||9||9||9||9||9|
|Emily Reed||"Help Me"||2||64||12||10||10||12||10||10|
|Scores are shown in the order they were awarded on the night|
At Eurovision, the song fared badly and gained the worst result ever for the United Kingdom by coming in last, with the infamous nul points. Some blamed the United Kingdom's involvement in the Iraq War, whilst others put it down to a bad performance. The female half of Jemini claimed that the monitors were switched off, so that she was unable to hear the backing track in her earpiece. The duo's dressing room was also attacked by vandals after the contest had ended.
During the "Liquid Eurovision" show that was broadcast on BBC One after the contest ended, it was revealed that Ireland had received the most votes in every region of the country, apart from in the South of England where Turkey were top. It was also revealed that if the backup jury had to be used, Turkey would also have received top marks from the United Kingdom.
Points Awarded by United Kingdom
Points Awarded to United Kingdom
|12 points||10 points||8 points||7 points||6 points|
|5 points||4 points||3 points||2 points||1 point|
Since Eurovision, Gemma has worked in a car showroom and Chris currently works in a clothes shop. During the United Kingdom's coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest 2004, the duo sang a note-perfect rendition of their Eurovision entry.
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