The United Kingdom's entry into the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest was "Love Shine a Light" by Katrina & the Waves. During this year the UK won the song contest which was being held in Dublin, Ireland, with an unprecedented 227 points. The UK sang at position 24. The lead singer was Katrina Leskanich. The 1997 contest is the most recent win for the United Kingdom.
Dale Winton hosted the UK selection show, The Great British Song Contest, on 9 March 1997. The final results were as follows:
- 1st - Love Shine a Light by Katrina & the Waves (69,830 votes)
- 2nd - Yodel in the Canyon of Love by Do Re Mi & Kerry (58,696 votes)
- 3rd - You Stayed Away Too Long by Joanne May (51,584 votes)
- 4th - For the Life You Don't Yet Know by Sam Blue (votes not announced)
On 7 February, a semifinal was held on BBC Radio 2. This featured eight songs. In addition to the four listed above, the following were included, although these were eliminated:
- Can't You See I'm Crying - Paul Varney
- Heart of Stone - Dave Black
- Lighten Up - B-Yond
- Room for Change - Laura Pallas
The UK was awarded 12 points (the highest possible) a total of 10 times.
Points Awarded to the United Kingdom
Points Awarded by the United Kingdom
(Note: Entries scored out are when United Kingdom did not compete)