United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000

Eurovision Song Contest 2000
Country United Kingdom
National selection
Selection processA Song For Europe
Selection date(s)Semi-final
14 January 2000
Final
20 February 2000
Selected entrantNicki French
Selected song"Don't Play That Song Again"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • John Springate
  • Gerry Shephard
Finals performance
Final result16th, 28 points
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1999 2000 2001►

For the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest, the United Kingdom entered "Don't Play That Song Again", performed by Nicki French. It received 28 points and 16th place in Stockholm, Sweden.

Before Eurovision[edit]

A Song for Europe[edit]

In 2000, the BBC reverted to the historic A Song for Europe title for the national selection competition, but retained the format from the previous selection show The Great British Song Contest (1996–99). The format consisted of a radio semi-final with eight songs, with the top four songs, selected by televoting, progressing to the televised final.

Semi-final[edit]

The semi-final of A Song for Europe 2000 was held on 14 January on BBC Radio 2, hosted by Terry Wogan and Ken Bruce. Televoting selected the top 4 songs to qualify to the final.

Semi-final – 14 January 2000
Draw Artist(s) Song Composer(s) Televote Place
1 Helene Horlyck "Aria" John Tonks, Helene Horlyck 1,826 7
2 Catherine Porter "Crazy" Tony Moore, Catherine Porter 9,140 1
3 Nicki French "Don't Play That Song Again" John Springate, Gerry Shepherd 5,550 2
4 Sexy Sadie (Charlene & Siobhan Stanislas) "I Won't Let You Do This To Me" Mike Connaris, Teri Bradley, Paul Brown 4,403 3
5 Six Chix "Only The Women Know" Kimberley Rew 4,115 4
6 Jayne Tretton "Stand Up" Richard Silver 2,182 6
7 Catherine Porter "The Answer" Tony Moore, Catherine Porter 1,635 8
8 India "Wherever You Go" Simon May, Ben Robbins 3,254 5

Final[edit]

The final of A Song for Europe, was held on 20 February 2000 and was hosted by Katy Hill on BBC One. The winner was selected by televoting.

Final – 20 February 2000
Draw Artist Song Televote Place
1 Nicki French "Don't Play That Song Again" 47,355 1
2 Six Chix "Only The Women Know" 42,329 2
3 Catherine Porter "Crazy" 29,348 3
4 Sexy Sadie "I Won't Let You Do This To Me" 10,494 4

At Eurovision[edit]

The United Kingdom was the third country to perform on the night straight after the Netherlands. Nicki French scored a total of 28 points from eight of the twenty four countries. Turkey was the only jury voting country to give points to the United Kingdom this year. Overall the United Kingdom finished in 16th, its worst placing since it first entered the contest.

Points awarded by the United Kingdom[edit]

Final[edit]

12 points  Denmark
10 points  Ireland
8 points  Russia
7 points  Latvia
6 points  Sweden
5 points  Germany
4 points  Estonia
3 points  Norway
2 points  Malta
1 point  Austria

Points awarded to the United Kingdom[edit]

Points awarded to the United Kingdom (final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

See also[edit]