Almost 60 years since it took second place at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1968, Sir Cliff Richard’s Congratulations has been voted the Best UK Eurovision entry of all time.
The iconic tune – which lost out by a single point to Spain’s La La La at the Grand Final in London’s Royal Albert Hall – topped a poll of more than 4,000 RadioTimes.com readers, taking top honours with 26% of the vote ahead of Bucks Fizz’s 1981 Eurovision winner Making Your Mind Up.
“I am thrilled that the Radio Times readers have voted CONGRATULATIONS their favourite Eurovision song”, Sir Cliff Richard told RadioTimes.com. “Having lost the Song Contest, I am particularly pleased that it finally did win something!”
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The singer, who went on to have enormous chart success with the track, expressed his love for songwriters Bill Martin and Phil Coulter’s pop composition.
“What a privilege to have recorded a song that will be used to celebrate births, birthdays, and weddings. It was even played for me when I received my Knighthood. My thanks to you all. Love ya!”
1972 entrants The New Seekers came third in the poll with Beg, Steal or Borrow nabbing 7%, while the UK’s 1997 Eurovision winner, Love Shine a Light came fourth, and Nicki French’s Play That Song Again (2000) took fifth place.
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Gina G’s 1990s Eurovision favourite Ooh Ah! Just a Little Bit was sixth, while Michael Ball’s 1992 runner up One Step Out of Time finished seventh.
The Brotherhood of Man’s Save Your Kisses for Me, Power to All Our Friends (another Sir Cliff offering) and Sandie Shaw’s 1967 winner Puppet on A String rounded out the top ten.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will air on BBC1 on Saturday May 13th at 8pm. You can tune in on BBC Radio 2 with Ken Bruce from 8pm too