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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Runner-up: United Kingdom 1988

This was a great return to form for the UK after a string of lacklustre placings. Following the victory of Bucks Fizz, the contest had taken a real nosedive and recent UK acts had failed both in the ESC and in the local charts.

Not that Scott Fitzgerald stormed the pop charts either but for a while near the end of the voting it looked like he would return home from Dublin with a trophy in his luggage.

Then came one of the most exciting finishes in eurovision history as the jury in Ljubljana put Céline Dion back on the throne and left Scott without a single point.

I must admit to fully supporting the Yugoslav jury in this respect. "Go" is a clean-cut but old-fashioned ballad that wouldn't have stood a chance had it represented Greece or Portugal, performed by a singer with a good voice but totally lacking the slightest bit of on-stage charisma.

The UK has often done well with pretty halfhearted efforts through the years and this is clearly one of those occasions.

A deserved 2nd place?
This one placing above Lara Fabian for Luxembourg? You must be joking. My answer is no.

Scott Fitzgerald - Go (United Kingdom 1988)

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