Eurovision 2017: Most Britons want to quit contest – survey

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British band Bucks Fizz won the Eurovision song contest in 1981

The UK would make its mind up to leave the Eurovision Song Contest if a referendum was held, a survey suggests.

The poll of 1,650 Britons by YouGov found 56% would quit the competition.

And it found those who backed Leave in the EU referendum were most likely to want to drop out, with 76% to 21% in favour of quitting. Remain voters were 65% to 35% in favour of competing.

The UK first entered Eurovision in the second year of the contest in 1957 and has won five times – the last in 1997.

That victory for Katrina and the Waves with Love, Shine a Light, followed wins by Sandie Shaw (Puppet on a String, 1967), Lulu (Boom Bang-a-Bang, 1969), Brotherhood of Man (Save Your Kisses for Me, 1976) and Bucks Fizz (Making Your Mind Up, 1981).

Never give up

However, since 1997 the UK has finished last three times – in 2003, 2008 and 2010 – and has failed to make it into the top 10 for the past seven years.

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This year’s contest will take place in Kiev on Saturday, following Jamala’s win for Ukraine last year singing 1944.

The UK will be represented by former X Factor contestant Lucie Jones, who will sing her ballad Never Give Up On You, but according to YouGov only a fifth of Britons (22%) are intending to watch the show.

Of those planning to watch, 26% of people said their reason for watching was the “amusing commentary”, which will again be provided by Graham Norton, 19% are planning to make fun of the show and just 9% say they tune in because they like the music.

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