The twelfth esctoday.com TOP TEN list continues today with the places 7 and 6 being announced. As revealed on Saturday, this week's topic are the TOP TEN most popular entries that got no points.
The ranking isbased on a poll that was held on esctoday.com over two weeks. All 36 entries that finished last with not points were in the running.
So we continue…
No. 7 – Célia Lawson with Antes do adeus (Portugal 1997)
By 1997, it was already clear that the 1990s would be Portugal's most successful decade with four top ten placings in six years. In 1996, Portugal had achieved its best result so far finishing sixth. Maybe this was the reason why the Portuguese national final was a bit bigger in 1997 with semi final rounds and a grand final. Célia Lawson was the winner with Antes do adeus, a rather minimalistic song that wasn't very "Eurovision". In Dublin, she had no success getting not a single point for her entry and therefore sharing last place with Tor Endresen from Norway. Antes do adeus means Before the goodbye and curiously enough, Portugal had already finished last in 1974 with a song called E depois do adeus, meaning After the goodbye.
It was the first time since their debut and the second (and last) time overall that Portugal finished last with nul points.
No. 6 – Jemini with Cry baby (United Kingdom 2003)
In 2002, the United Kingdom had achieved a top ten placing again after the first series of placings in the second half of the scoreboard between 1999 and 2001. As always in those days, the 2003 national final was still kept small with a radio semi final and four acts in the national final. Jemini narrowly won the selection with Cry baby getting the ticket to Riga. Their live appearance was heavily critisised because of the poor vocal performance, which was seen as the main reason why the United Kingdom finished last for the very first time. Cry baby was also the first song ever to be performed in English without getting any points.
It was the first and only time that a UK entry got no points.
Tomorrow, we will introduce no. 5 and 4 on the list.