Former X Factor finalist Lucie came in 15th place

The UK hasn’t had the best luck at the Eurovision Song Contest in some recent years; nevertheless, many had high hopes that Lucie Jones would be the one to break our fate and get the nation in the continent’s musical good books once again.

And on Saturday night (13th May), the UK got its best position in six years as we came 15th out of 26 countries – and although Portugal’s Salvador Sobral walked away victorious, Lucie’s massive effort has not gone unnoticed, as she’s received heaps of praise. Go girl!

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Lucie, who was first introduced to the public as a finalist on The X Factor in 2009, took to the stage in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev with original song Never Give Up on You during Saturday’s final.

Full of pyrotechnics, sparkles and big, belted notes, it was certainly a moment to remember – and fans clamoured to Twitter to let her know their thoughts.

‘That was an amazing performance, you couldn’t have brought anything else Lucie, well done’, cheered on Rev. Kate Bottley of Gogglebox fame, while Jack Whitehall concurred and gave an explanation in the event that the didn’t win:

‘Lucie Jones was brilliant. If she wins – it’s on merit. If she does badly – Brexit. #Eurovision’.

Lucie seemed to take the fact that she didn’t win pretty lightly however – once the results had come in, she joked: ‘I WONNNNNN!!! Oh no wait…’

But fans wasted no time in congratulating her all the same. Loose Women‘s Andrea McLean replied: ‘You did brilliantly, well done x’. Another viewer wrote: ‘You deserve to have won, stunning performance’, ‘You were absolutely stunning! Thank you for representing the UK. A true talent.’

Lucie, 26, then went on to Tweet an emotional message about her time, and thanked her fans for their support:

‘What an incredible experience. Thank you to every person who’s supported, voted, watched, tweeted… I can never tell you what it means.’

Elsewhere in the unfailingly bizarre fest, someone dressed in a gorilla suit joined Italian singer Francesco Gabbani up on stage for some light choreography…

Italy’s entry, Francesco Gabbani (right)… and a gorilla (Photo by Rolf Klatt/REX/Shutterstock)

… and a man wearing an Australian flag flashed his bum to the global public.

Until next year, Eurovision – you weird, wonderful thing.