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United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005

Eurovision Song Contest 2005
Country United Kingdom
National selection
Selection processEurovision: Making Your Mind Up
Selection date(s)5 March 2005
Selected entrantJavine
Selected song"Touch My Fire"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Final result22nd, 18 points
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
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The United Kingdom was represented in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 by "Touch My Fire" performed by Javine.

Javine Hylton was born on 27 December 1981 and as a youngster enjoyed listening to her mother's collection of soul and reggae albums. At the age of 10, she was offered an arts scholarship. Modelling and appearances in pop videos followed before winning the coveted role of Nala in the West End production of Disney's The Lion King at the age of 19. The role was incidentally later played by the British 2009 entrant Jade Ewen.

In 2002 Hylton took part in the ITV show Popstars: The Rivals, but missed out on a place in the winning band, Girls Aloud. She later established herself as a solo UK R&B singer before taking part in Making Your Mind Up.

National final

Making Your Mind Up 2005 was held on 5 March 2005, presented by Terry Wogan and Natasha Kaplinsky. The five acts taking part were Andy Scott-Lee, Australian-born Gina G (who famously represented the United Kingdom in 1996, coming 8th with "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit"), Javine, Katie Price (otherwise known as Jordan), and Tricolore.

Voting was open to the public, with votes converted into points in a similar way to the actual contest, with representatives for each region of the United Kingdom presenting their votes - James Fox for Wales, Fearne Cotton for South East England, Justin Ryan and Colin McAllister for Scotland, Zöe Salmon for Northern Ireland, Denise Lewis for the Midlands and Sharron Davies for South West England.


The final was won by Javine, who represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 final in Kiev, Ukraine with the song "Touch My Fire". The song was written by Javine, who also composed it with John Themis.

Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up – 5 March 2005
Draw Artist Song Composer(s) Points Place
1 Javine Hylton "Touch My Fire" Javine Hilton, John Themis 116 1
2 Tricolore "Brand New Day" Jon Cohen, Jem Sharples, Stuart Pendred, Scott Ciscon 58 4
3 Gina G "Flashback" Gina G, Zuriani, Richard Adlam 20 5
4 Andy Scott-Lee "Guardian Angel" Lee Ryan, Rob Persaud 61 3
5 Katie Price "Not Just Anybody" Misfits (Pete Glenister, Deni Lew, Nicky Graham) 101 2
Detailed Votes
Draw Song Northern
Scotland Wales South West
South East
Online Televote Total
1 "Touch My Fire" 12 12 8 12 12 12 12 6 30 116
2 "Brand New Day" 4 4 4 6 6 6 6 4 18 58
3 "Flashback" 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 20
4 "Guardian Angel" 6 6 6 4 4 4 4 8 19 61
5 "Not Just Anybody" 8 8 12 8 8 8 8 12 29 101

At Eurovision

At the final of the Contest, the song received 18 points and finished in 22nd place. The spokesperson who revealed the United Kingdom's votes for other countries was Cheryl Baker, part of Bucks Fizz which won the 1981 Contest for the United Kingdom.[1]

Points Awarded by United Kingdom

Points Awarded to United Kingdom

Points Awarded to United Kingdom (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point


  1. ^ Philips, Roel (17 May 2005). "The 39 spokespersons!". ESCToday. Retrieved 28 April 2009. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)