Welcome to another edition of ’52 Weeks of Eurovision’. If you missed last week’s post on Dana International you can find it here.
This week we go back to Moscow 2009, when The UK was represented by Jade Ewen with the song “It’s My Time’ written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Diane Warren.
Jade was chosen to represent the UK after appearing on Graham Norton’s show ‘Eurovision: Your Country Needs You”. After winning the right to compete in Moscow, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber confirmed that he would accompany Jade at the contest.
Despite a small altercation with a violinist in the live performance at the final, Jade achieved 5th place, the UK’s highest position since Jessica Garlick in 2002 and the UK’s current ‘one to beat’ as we haven’t done any better than this since.
Jade went on to be part of the girl group ‘Sugababes‘ replacing Keisha Buchanan
The winner of the 2009 contest was Alexander Rybak from Norway who sang and played the fiddle, earning him the accolade of being the ‘highest scoring’ eurovision winner of all time and the highest margin between 1st and 2nd place which remains unbeaten. Alexander won 387 points of a possible 492.
Born in Belarus, the Norwegian singer took a break from his studies to compete in the contest with the song ‘Fairytale’