Will Ferrell's Eurovision: The Story Of Fire Saga Predicted James Newman Getting 'Nul Points' Last Night
So, you've probably spotted that the UK managed to leave the Eurovision Song Contest last night with no points - or 'nul points', if you prefer - but did you realise that this result was already foretold in last year's Netflix movie spectacular Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga?
Yes, Will Ferrell's spectacular homage to the famous song competition hit the nail on the head when Dan Stevens' character Alexander Lemtov mentioned the reason the UK famously gets very few points these days, saying it's more down to attitudes towards the country, rather than the quality of the song.
Lemtov's line regarding the United Kingdom's entry to that fictional contest went: "She's quite good, but everybody hates the UK, so zero points."
That's how it turned out last night, too.
Stevens himself even tweeted out a picture of his character delivering the line with the caption: "Called it."
Called it... #Eurovision :heart: pic.twitter.com/PeF3GnJiTs
- Dan Stevens (@thatdanstevens) May 22, 2021
While James Newman's tune 'Embers' was almost certainly not the worst song to grace the grand final last night - here's looking at you, Germany - it received no votes whatsoever from the juries.
Then, in a crushing moment, it was announced that it also received no votes from the European public.
Luckily, Newman seemed to take it pretty well, standing up and waving his beer around to take the acclaim from the crowd.
Of course, it didn't always go that way.
While some of the UK's more forgettable entries over the years have also garnered zero points - anyone remember Jemini? - Britain has come home as the champions on a good few occasions.
Alexander Lemtov, prophet pic.twitter.com/hH2GbGmK7I
- Stephen Paton :seedling: (@stephenpaton134) May 23, 2021
as alexander lemtov once said..#Eurovision pic.twitter.com/L39jwlSfcL
- florine nephthys. (@artemisivs) May 22, 2021
"*they're* really good, but everybody hates UK so... ZERO POINTS" ~ alexander lemtov #Eurovision pic.twitter.com/DNNEwfSf8P
- felix dilf admirer ⊗ #SaveProdigalSon (@arkhamsalvation) May 22, 2021
Sandie Shaw famously won in 1967 with 'Puppet on a String', before Lulu followed that success up with 'Boom Bang-a-Bang' two years later in 1969.
After a few years off, Brotherhood of Man took home the prestigious prize in 1976 with 'Save Your Kisses for Me' and Bucks Fizz's famous costume-changing performance won in 1981.
The most recent success that Britain has seen was in 1997 with 'Love Shine a Light', performed by Katrina and the Waves.
Last night saw Italian rock band Måneskin take home first place after a dramatic public vote saw them pip entries from Switzerland and France to the top spot.
Their song 'Zitti E Buoni' was a little bit of a departure for the contest, which doesn't usually favour rock music too much, but it obviously found a way into the hearts of those watching around the continent.
Of course, we all know that Ukraine got robbed.