Eurovision 2022: Where the UK’s forgotten acts are now – hypnotism to fitness business
TikTok star Sam Ryder is the latest singer to represent the UK in Eurovision
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The live final of Eurovision 2022 is just hours away and this year, the UK’s hopes lie with TikTok star Sam Ryder.
The British hopeful is currently placed at 12/1 by the bookies for a shock triumph in Turin, where the contest is being hosted by last year’s winner Italy.
The 32-year-old singer from Essex will follow in the footsteps of dozens of singers and bands who have represented the UK at Eurovision.
Some have gone on to successful careers within the world of showbiz and music while others have faded into obscurity.
Here’s a look at some of the UK acts you may have forgotten about and where they are now.
Javine Hylton, 2005
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Javine Hylton represented the UK back in 2005 but failed to impress the rest of Europe, with her song “Touch My Fire” coming in at 22nd out of 24.
She continued a career as an R&B singer and television personality, making appearances on Celebrity Come Dine With Me, Skins, The Games, Celebrity Masterchef and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
She has since stepped away from the limelight and set up her own sports and fitness brand.
Daz Sampson, 2006
Daz Sampson’s “Teenage Life” only scored 25 points during Eurovision 2006 but went on to reach number eight in the UK Top 40.
As well as re-launching himself as a hypnotist in 2011, he has worked as a football manager and scout, with links to Scottish Championship side Ayr United and Stockport County in England’s National League North.
Scooch represented the UK back in 2007 with “Flying the Flag (For You)”, which was slammed by certain newspapers at the time.
However, the act were the first in five years to receive “douze points” for the UK, winning the maximum score from Malta and they also went on to reach number five in the UK singles chart with the song.
Natalie Powers and David Ducasse are now both singing coaches at performing arts schools, while Caroline Barnes and Russ Spencer started a relationship post-Eurovision.
They starred on Channel 4’s Coach Trip in 2010 and became one of the longest lasting couples on the show that year.
Andy Abraham, 2008
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After narrowly losing out to Shayne Ward on The X Factor, Andy Abraham was chosen to represent the UK in 2008.
However, like many UK acts before and after him, Andy was judged harshly by the rest of Europe and ended up coming joint last.
However, he remained on the UK stage, touring the show An Evening with Andy Abraham for two years after the contest.
More recently, he had starring roles in a touring revival of the musical Godspell.
Engelbert Humperdinck, 2012
Despite selling millions of records worldwide back in the 1960s and 70s, Humperdinck’s “Love Will Set You Free” failed to impress during Eurovision 2012 and placed just second last with 12 points.
The 86-year-old pop singer still continues to perform after six decades in the showbiz industry however, with performances scheduled across cities in the UK and Europe, including a return to the London Palladium.
Last year, he was appointed MBE in the 2021 Birthday Honours for services to music.