These poor contestants failed to get a single point at the Eurovision Song Contest
It’s the Eurovision Song Contest ‘honour’ that nobody wants – a place in the nul points hall of shame!
Over the years several unlucky contestants have failed to score a single point in the music competition, guaranteeing them entry to this, erm, ‘illustrious’ list.
In the early days of the kitsch contest – which was first held in 1956 – it was actually quite easy to score nothing at all. During the 1960s it was a regular occurrence to have several countries go home empty-handed due to a different voting system.
But when the scoring was changed in 1975 it became harder to get nul points, ultimately making it all the more embarrassing. We’ve been taking a look at some of the infamous few to enter the nul points record books…
Jahn Teigen – Norway, 1978
Poor Jahn Teigen became the first entrant to score nothing under the new scoring system in 1978. His song Mil Etter Mil failed to impress but was actually a big success in his home country of Norway. Brave Jahn wasn’t deterred by his Eurovision failure and returned as Norway’s entry for the competition in 1982 and 1983, where he thankfully managed to score points.
Finn Kalvik – Norway, 1981
The Norwegians clearly didn’t have much luck back in the day. Some might consider it a bit shocking that their 1981 entrant Finn Kalvik didn’t get a single point for the song Aldri I Livet, as the track was produced by ABBA‘s Benny Andersson and featured backing vocals from his bandmates Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. It was all to no avail though – sorry, Finn.
Thomas Forstner – Austria, 1991
It was second time unlucky for Austria’s entry Thomas Forstner in 1991. He might have reached the top five when he previously entered the contest in 1989 but two years later his tune Venedig Im Regen left him in last place with the dreaded nul points.
Gunvor – Switzerland, 1998
Even the favourites aren’t immune to scoring nothing. Swiss singer Gunvor was tipped for success in 1998 with her song Lass Ihn, so it was quite a shock when she didn’t even bag one measly point. The competition that year was famously won by Israel’s transgender star Dana International.
Jemini – United Kingdom, 2003
Ah who could forget Jemini, the only ever UK act to enter the nul points hall of shame? Pop duo Chris Cromby and Gemma Abbey put their all into their performance of Cry Baby at the 2003 contest but came in rock-bottom place, giving them the title of the UK’s worst-ever entry. After the dreaded result Chris suggested that Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war might have contributed to the backlash but former Bucks Fizz star Cheryl Baker – who won back in 1981 – said it was simply a bad song choice. Whatever the reason, it gave Jemini a perhaps unwanted place in Eurovision history.