He was expected to be the first British Eurovision representative to enter the top 10 of the single charts since Precious with Say it again in 1999, but in the end James Fox did not succeed in what was expected from him. In his first week in the charts the British representative did not get higher than a 13th spot.
James Fox, the UK contender in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, with Hold on to our love has entered the UK charts at number 13 in the first week of release. This is slightly down on the midweek chart when he was put at number 12 (when only a handful of sales separated numbers 11 & 12).
Other Eurovision-related artists in this week's official Top 40:
22 (11) Agnetha Fältskog – If I thought you'd ever change your mind
Singer of ABBA: Swedish Eurovision Song Contest winner in 1974
24 (new) Lasgo – Surrender
Leadsinger Evi Goffin: Eurosong 1999 finalist in Belgium
33 (27) Atomic Kitten – Someone like me / Right me 2004
Singer Jenny Frost: British Eurovision Song Contest participant with Precious in 1999
Nevertheless, in terms of recent UK entries it is quite a respectable chart place — last years' entrants Jemini reached number 15, when their single was released in the week following the infamous nul points.
He currently matches 2002 entrant Jessica Garlick's chart position of 13. In the last ten years, only Love city groove (1995) at number 7, Precious (1999) at number 6 and Katrina & the Waves (winner in 1997) at number 3 have done better. However, he will have to shift a lot more copies to match Gina G who reached the coveted number 1 slot with her 1996 entry Ooh ahh, just a little bit. There are, however, two versions of the CD on sale. One contains the standard version of the song, while the second contains in additional Backing track mix and video.
James Fox has a few appearances lined up in the next few weeks, including an appearance in the House of Commons on 28th April, and a reception with the Prime Minister to celebrate the New Europe, as the EU prepares to admit ten new countries. He is also due to record an appearance on the new Saturday morning childrens' show for the BBC Mysti this week, as well as attending an awards show in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis charity. He will also be participating in a forthcoming Eurovision special edition of The Weakest Link quiz programme. All in all he has a busy few weeks lined up before going to Istanbul.
As one of the Big 4, the United Kingdom will perform in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, despite Jemini's last place last year in Riga.