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United Kingdom in the Eurovision Dance Contest

 

United Kingdom in the Eurovision Dance Contest

United Kingdom
Member station BBC
National selection events N/A
Appearances
Appearances 2
First appearance 2007
Best result 9th, 2008
Worst result 15th, 2007
External links
United Kingdom's page at Eurovision.tv

The United Kingdom was the host country for the inaugural Eurovision Dance Contest in 2007 and also hosted the 2008 competition. The Third Eurovision Dance Contest has been cancelled indefinitely.[1]

History

The 2007 contest was broadcast live from London, hosted by the BBC. Commentators for the UK audience were Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.

The participants chosen to represent the country for the first contest were Brendan Cole and Camilla Dallerup. They were chosen internally by the BBC. The dances they performed at the contest were Rumba and Freestyle. United Kingdom earned 18 points in 2007 and finished last but one to Switzerland, who ended up with no points.

After successful participation in the fourth series of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing and The Live Tour! 2008, couple Louisa Lytton and Vincent Simone competed for the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Dance Contest 2008[2] which took place on 6 September 2008 in Glasgow. Louisa and Vincent placed ninth, receiving 47 points.

The Last Waltz

The UK's Dallerup and Cole's performance would be their last. After nine years as partners on and off the dance floor, they had split up amid tensions during 2004's first series of Strictly Come Dancing. They were reforming their dancing partnership for one last turn round the floor at the contest, the BBC's press office said on 4 July. [1] 'Invited to represent the nation in the new Eurovision Dance Contest, Brendan and Camilla will have to sweep aside their angst and hot-step around a ballroom for their last dance,' the corporation's press office added. It expected 'a sensational performance with passion, zeal and real life tension as the couple let the sequins fly'. In the Contest itself, they only managed to pick up 18 points for the United Kingdom; four countries voted for them, Denmark, Greece, Ireland and Lithuania. Denmark gave 3 points, Greece 3, Ireland 7 and Lithuania 5.

Unfortunately Brendans choice of selecting Camilla Dallerup to dance with him brought controversy with his former strictly come dancing partner Karen Hardy since Brendan had originally planned to do the first ever Eurovision Dance Contest with her. Which is why in series 6 of Strictly Come Dancing Karen has been dancing with Matthew Cutler.

Contestants

Table key
  Winner
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year Couple Dances Place Points
2007 Brendan Cole & Camilla Dallerup Rumba & Freestyle 15 18
2008 Vincent Simone & Louisa Lytton Paso Doble/Jive/Tango 9 47

Voting History

The United Kingdom has received the most points from...
Rank Country Points
1 Ireland 15
2 Netherlands 10
3 Denmark 8
4 Greece 5
= Lithuania 5
5 Austria 4
The United Kingdom has given the most points to...
Rank Country Points
1 Poland 19
2 Ukraine 18
3 Ireland 16
= Lithuania 16
4 Portugal 10
= Russia 10
5 Greece 5

Hostings

Year Location Venue Presenter
2007 London BBC Television Centre Claudia Winkleman & Graham Norton
2008 Glasgow Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre Claudia Winkleman & Graham Norton

See also

References

  1. ^ Granger, Anthony (29 May 2011). "What caused the death of the Eurovision Dance Contest?". Eurovoix.xom. Eurovoix.com. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Eurovision Dance Contest info page". 

References

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