Dutch Eurodance group Vengaboys has expressed their interest to be the United Kingdom’s next Eurovision Song Contest entrant.
The group, which was at the peak of their popularity in the late 1990s and early 2000s, have offered to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Italy. Band member Robin Pors told the Metro newspaper that they “would love to sing for the UK and they love the country”.
Another reason which sparked their interest was the UK coming last in this year’s Grand Final. At the 2021 contest in Rotterdam, James Newman finished 26th out of 26 in the final, not being able to score a point from either the jury or the public. Vengaboys were “embarrassed” at this result as they thought the song deserved a better placing.
It is not yet clear which selection method the country’s broadcaster, the BBC will opt for. Currently, the broadcaster has an agreement with BMG to work with the label to select the nation’s Eurovision entry.
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The United Kingdom debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 and holds the record for the most consecutive appearances in the contest. To date the UK has won the contest a total of five times, with their first victory coming in 1967 and their latest in 1997. The UK holds the record for the most second place finishes in the contest, having been runner-up a total of 15 times. Since 2000 the UK has finished within the top 10 only twice, this being in 2002 with Jessica Garlick and in 2009 with Jade Ewen.