Eurovision Song Contest Wiki
Advertisement
Eurovision Song Contest Wiki

Jahn Teigen at the 1978 contest, said to be the most famous "nul pointer" of all

"Nul Points" is considered to be the most famous phenomenon of the Eurovision Song Contest. The term refers to an entry (or entries) that fails to earn a single point. It is often preceded by the words "the dreaded", as it is the one score that every country is determined to avoid getting.

To date, there have been 39 victims of "nul points" as total score, with 2 entries failing to get a single point in the semi-finals and 37 in the grand final. 15 other entries got zero points on one half of the split vote system (10 in the grand final, 5 in the semi-finals).

Belgium was the first ever country to have received nul points. The most unfortunate victims are Norway and Austria, having each scored "Nul Points" 4 times (Switzerland too, if the semi-finals are counted).

As of 2016, it was deemed almost impossible to attain nul points total due to the new voting system. Despite this, the United Kingdom still managed to receive nul points in 2021.

Victims of "Nul Points" in the Grand Final

Year Country Artist Song Notes
1962 IconBelgium.png Belgium Fud Leclerc Ton nom First victim due to being early in the running order, also the first time one of the founding seven countries receives nul points.
IconSpain.png Spain Victor Balaguer Llámame First time a now Big Five country receives nul points.
IconAustria.png Austria Eleonore Schwarz Nur in der Wiener Luft
IconThe Netherlands.png The Netherlands De Spelbrekers Katinka
1963 IconThe Netherlands.png The Netherlands Annie Palmen Een speeldoos First time a country receives nul points in consecutive years, and the first time a country gets served twice.
IconNorway.png Norway Anita Thallaug Solhverv First time Norway receives nul points.
IconFinland.png Finland Laila Halme Muistojeni laulu
IconSweden.png Sweden Monica Zetterlund En gång i Stockholm First time that Sweden comes in last, one of only two times ever.
1964 IconGermany.png Germany Nora Nova Man gewöhnt sich so schnell an das Schöne One of the longest Eurovision song titles to exist.
IconPortugal.png Portugal António Calvário Oração First time a debut entry receives nul points.
IconYugoslavia.png Yugoslavia Sabahudin Kurt Život je sklopio krug Only last place of Yugoslavia. 
IconSwitzerland.png Switzerland Anita Traversi I miei pensieri
1965 IconSpain.png Spain Conchita Bautista ¡Qué bueno, qué bueno! First time a previous performer receives nul points.
IconGermany.png Germany Ulla Wiesner Paradies, wo bist du? The second time a country receives nul points twice.
IconBelgium.png Belgium Lize Marke Als het weer lente is
IconFinland.png Finland Viktor Klimenko Aurinko laskee länteen
1966 IconMonaco.png Monaco Téréza Bien plus fort Monaco's only brush with nul points.
IconItaly.png Italy Domenico Modugno Dio, come ti amo First time Italy comes in last and the second time a previous performer receives nul points.
1967 IconSwitzerland.png Switzerland Géraldine Gaulier Quel cœur vas-tu briser? Last time the nul points happened on the older voting system.
1970 IconLuxembourg.png Luxembourg David Alexandre Winter Je suis tombé du ciel First and only time Luxembourg receives nul points.
1978 IconNorway.png Norway Jahn Teigen Mil Etter Mil First time an entry receives nul points in the 12-point scoring system. Ironically, the song became a huge hit in Norway, dubbing Teigen the most famous "nul pointer" of all time.
1981 IconNorway.png Norway Finn Kalvik Aldri i livet 3rd time Norway receives nul points, also the first time under the new voting system when a country receives nul points twice.
1982 IconFinland.png Finland Kojo Nuku pommiin Second year in a row and the third time in 4 years a Nordic country receives nul points.
1983 IconSpain.png Spain Remedios Amaya ¿Quién maneja mi barca? First time in the new voting system where two countries receive nul points.
IconTurkey.png Turkey Çetin Alp & The Short Waves Opera First time Turkey receives nul points.
1987 IconTurkey.png Turkey Seyyal Taner & Locomotif Şarkım Sevgi Üstüne Second time in 4 years that Turkey receives nul points.
1988 IconAustria.png Austria Wilfried Scheutz Lisa, Mona Lisa
1989 IconIceland.png Iceland Daníel Ágúst Haraldsson Það sem enginn sér First time Iceland receives nul points.
1991 IconAustria.png Austria Thomas Forstner Venedig im Regen Austria receives nul points for the second time in 3 years and the third time overall. The artist finished in the top 5 only 2 years prior.
1994 IconLithuania.png Lithuania Ovidijus Vyšniauskas Lopšinė mylimai Second time a debut country receives nul points.
1997 IconNorway.png Norway Tor Endresen San Francisco Last time a Nordic country receives nul points, with Norway receiving "Nul Points" for a record fourth time.
IconPortugal.png Portugal Célia Lawson Antes do adeus Second time since 1983 that two countries receive nul points.
1998 IconSwitzerland.png Switzerland Gunvor Guggisberg Lass' ihn Last known time Switzerland receives nul points in a contest final.
2003 IconUnited Kingdom.png United Kingdom Jemini Cry Baby First time the UK comes in last and with nul points, as well as the first English-language song to receive nul points. It was such a huge disappointment that Jemini eventually split up afterwards.
2015 IconAustria.png Austria The Makemakes I Am Yours First time since 2003 that a country receives nul points in the final. Austria gets served for the fourth time, tying Norway's record.
Also, the host country receives nul points for the first time.
IconGermany.png Germany Ann Sophie Black Smoke Germany is served for the first time since 1965. It is also the first time since 1997 that two countries share the nul points.
2021 IconUnited Kingdom.png United Kingdom James Newman Embers First time an entry receives nul points under the split-vote scoring system. The UK is served for the second time, scoring nul points with both the juries and the televote.

Victims of "Nul Points" in the Semi-Finals

Year Country Singer(s) Song Notes
2004 IconSwitzerland.png Switzerland Piero and the MusicStars Celebrate First country to receive nul points in the semi-finals.
2009 IconCzech Republic.png Czech Republic Gipsy.cz Aven Romale Second country to receive nul points in the semi-finals. The Czechs decide to take a leave of absence from the competition, returning in 2015.

Victims of "Nul Points" in the 50:50 split

In the Grand Final

  • Echo (You and I) (France 2012): 21 points from the jury ("Nul Points" in the televote)
  • I Am Yours (Austria 2015): 40 points from the jury ("Nul Points" in the televote).
  • I Stand (Czech Republic 2016): 41 points from the jury ("Nul Points" in the televote)
  • Running on Air (Austria 2017): 93 points from the jury ("Nul Points" in the televote)
  • Do It For Your Lover (Spain 2017): 5 points from the Portuguese televote ("Nul Points" with the jury)
  • Sister (Germany 2019): 32 points from the jury ("Nul Points" in the televote)
  • Home (Israel 2019): 35 points from the televote ("Nul Points" with the jury)
  • I Don't Feel Hate (Germany 2021): 3 points from the jury ("Nul Points" in the televote)
  • Voy a quedarme (Spain 2021): 6 points from the jury ("Nul Points" in the televote)
  • Birth of a New Age (Netherlands 2021): 11 points from the jury ("Nul Points" in the televote)

In the Semi-Finals

  • Breathlessly (Malta 2017): 55 points from the jury ("Nul Points" in the televote)
  • Spirit of the Night (San Marino 2017): 1 point from the German televote ("Nul Points" from the jury)
  • Our Choice (Iceland 2018): 15 points from the jury ("Nul Points" in the televote)
  • Limits (Austria 2019): 21 points from the jury ("Nul Points" in the televote)
  • Omaga (Czech Republic 2021): 23 points from the jury ("Nul Points" in the televote)
The_best_of_the_"worst"._When_you_get_points_at_the_Eurovision_Song_Contest

The best of the "worst". When you get points at the Eurovision Song Contest

Trivia

  • Nul Points.net is a Eurovision news and archival site
  • Nul Points was also the title of a 1993 documentary by the BBC about the contest.


Nul Points
Artists
Fud LeclercVictor BalaguerEleonore SchwarzDe SpelbrekersAnnie PalmenAnita ThallaugLaila HalmeMonica ZetterlundNora NovaAntónio CalvárioSabahudin KurtAnita TraversiConchita BautistaUlla WiesnerLize MarkeViktor KlimenkoTérézaDomenico ModugnoGéraldine GaulierDavid Alexandre WinterJahn TeigenFinn KalvikKojoRemedios AmayaÇetin Alp & The Short WavesSeyyal Taner & LocomotifWilfried ScheutzDaníel Ágúst HaraldssonThomas ForstnerOvidijus VyšniauskasTor EndresenCélia LawsonGunvor GuggisbergJeminiPiero and the MusicStarsGipsy.czThe MakemakesAnn SophieJames Newman
Songs
Ton nomLlámameNur in der Wiener LuftKatinkaEen speeldoosSolhvervMuistojeni lauluEn gång i StockholmMan gewöhnt sich so schnell an das SchöneOraçãoŽivot je sklopio krugI miei pensieri¡Qué bueno, qué bueno!Paradies, wo bist du?Als het weer lente isAurinko laskee länteenBien plus fortDio, come ti amoQuel cœur vas-tu briser?Je suis tombé du cielMil etter milAldri i livetNuku pommiin¿Quién maneja mi barca?OperaŞarkım Sevgi ÜstüneLisa, Mona LisaÞað sem enginn sérVenedig im RegenLopšinė mylimaiSan FranciscoAntes do adeusLass' ihnCry BabyCelebrateAven RomaleI Am YoursBlack SmokeEmbers
Eurovision Song Contest
Editions
1956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
Countries
AlbaniaAndorraArmeniaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBelarusBelgiumBosnia and HerzegovinaBulgariaCroatiaCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkEstoniaFinlandFranceGeorgiaGermanyGreeceHungaryIcelandIrelandIsraelItalyLatviaLithuaniaLuxembourgMaltaMoldovaMonacoMontenegroMoroccoThe NetherlandsNorth MacedoniaNorwayPolandPortugalRomaniaRussiaSan MarinoSerbiaSerbia and MontenegroSlovakiaSloveniaSpainSwedenSwitzerlandTurkeyUnited KingdomUkraineYugoslavia
Winning Songs
RefrainNet Als ToenDors, mon amourEen beetjeTom PillibiNous les amoureuxUn premier amourDanseviseNon ho l'etàPoupée de Cire, Poupée de SonMerci, ChériePuppet on a StringLa, La, LaBoom Bang-a-BangVivo CantandoUn jour, un enfantDe TroubadourAll Kinds of EverythingUn banc, un arbre, une rueAprès ToiTu Te ReconnaîtrasWaterlooDing-a-DongSave Your Kisses For MeL'Oiseau et l'enfantA-Ba-Ni-BiHallelujahWhat's Another YearMaking Your Mind UpEin bißchen FriedenSi la vie est cadeauDiggiloo DiggileyLa Det SwingeJ'aime La VieHold Me NowNe Partez Pas Sans MoiRock MeInsieme: 1992Fångad av en stormvindWhy Me?In Your EyesRock 'n' Roll KidsNocturneThe VoiceLove Shine a LightDivaTake Me To Your HeavenFly on the Wings of LoveEverybodyI WannaEveryway That I CanWild DancesMy Number OneHard Rock HallelujahMolitvaBelieveFairytaleSatelliteRunning ScaredEuphoriaOnly TeardropsRise Like a PhoenixHeroes1944Amar pelos doisToyArcadeZitti e buoni
Miscellaneous
Barbara Dex AwardBig FiveCongratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song ContestCurse of Number TwoCurse of GreenDouze Points!ESCRadio AwardsESC Top 250Europe Shine a LightEurovision AgainEurovision's Greatest HitsEurovision National BroadcastersEurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire SagaExecutive SupervisorFounding SevenGrand PrixHead of DelegationLynda WoodruffMarcel Bezençon AwardsNational JuryNul PointsOfficial RulesOGAEPre-PartiesPre-Song PostcardsReference GroupScoreboardStand-insTelevotingThe Reorder BoardTie SituationTop Scoring SongsVoting DiasporaVoting SystemsWithdrawn SongsRecords
Advertisement