“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 41 victims of “nul points” as total score, with 4 entries failing to get a single point in the semi-finals and 37 in the grand final. 18 other entries got zero points on one half of the split vote system (12 in the grand final, 6 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 recceive nul points in 2021.
|1962||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.|
|Spain||Victor Balaguer||Llámame||First time a now Big Five country receives nul points.|
|Austria||Eleonore Schwarz||Nur in der Wiener Luft|
|The Netherlands||De Spelbrekers||Katinka|
|1963||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.|
|Norway||Anita Thallaug||Solhverv||First time Norway receives nul points.|
|Finland||Laila Halme||Muistojeni laulu|
|Sweden||Monica Zetterlund||En gång i Stockholm||First time that Sweden comes in last, one of only two times ever.|
|1964||Germany||Nora Nova||Man gewöhnt sich so schnell an das Schöne||One of the longest Eurovision song titles to exist.|
|Portugal||António Calvário||Oração||First time a debut entry receives nul points.|
|Yugoslavia||Sabahudin Kurt||Život je sklopio krug||Only last place of Yugoslavia.|
|Switzerland||Anita Traversi||I miei pensieri|
|1965||Spain||Conchita Bautista||¡Qué bueno, qué bueno!||First time a previous performer receives nul points.|
|Germany||Ulla Wiesner||Paradies, wo bist du?||The second time a country receives nul points twice.|
|Belgium||Lize Marke||Als het weer lente is|
|Finland||Viktor Klimenko||Aurinko laskee länteen|
|1966||Monaco||Téréza||Bien plus fort||Monaco’s only brush with nul points.|
|Italy||Domenico Modugno||Dio, come ti amo||First time Italy comes in last and the second time a previous performer receives nul points.|
|1967||Switzerland||Géraldine Gaulier||Quel cœur vas-tu briser?|
|1970||Luxembourg||David Alexandre Winter||Je suis tombé du ciel||First and only time Luxembourg receives nul points. Last time the nul points happened on the older, pre-“Douze Points” voting system.|
|1978||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||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||Finland||Kojo||Nuku pommiin||Second year in a row and the third time in 4 years a Nordic country receives nul points.|
|1983||Spain||Remedios Amaya||¿Quién maneja mi barca?||First time in the new voting system where two countries receive nul points.|
|Türkiye||Çetin Alp & The Short Waves||Opera||First time Turkey receives nul points.|
|1987||Türkiye||Seyyal Taner & Locomotif||Şarkım Sevgi Üstüne||Second time in 4 years that Turkey receives nul points.|
|1988||Austria||Wilfried Scheutz||Lisa, Mona Lisa|
|1989||Iceland||Daníel Ágúst Haraldsson||Það sem enginn sér||First time Iceland receives nul points.|
|1991||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||Lithuania||Ovidijus Vyšniauskas||Lopšinė mylimai||Second time a debut country receives nul points.|
|1997||Norway||Tor Endresen||San Francisco||Last time a Nordic country receives nul points, with Norway receiving “Nul Points” for a record fourth time.|
|Portugal||Célia Lawson||Antes do adeus||Second time since 1983 that two countries receive nul points.|
|1998||Switzerland||Gunvor Guggisberg||Lass’ ihn||Last known time Switzerland receives nul points in a contest final.|
|2003||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||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.
|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||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.|
|2004||Switzerland||Piero and the MusicStars||Celebrate||First country to receive nul points in the semi-finals.|
|2009||Czechia||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.|
|2023||Romania||Theodor Andrei||D.G.T. (Off and On)||First instance of nul points in the semifinals since 2009. It is also the first time a Romanian entry fails to score.|
|San Marino||Piqued Jacks||Like an Animal||San Marino’s first-ever brush with the nul points.|
- 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)
- Boys Do Cry (Switzerland 2022): 78 points from the jury (“Nul Points” in the televote)
- Rockstars (Germany 2022): 6 points from the televote (“Nul Points” with the jury)
- 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)
- Fade to Black (Azerbaijan 2022): 96 points from the jury (“Nul Points” in the televote)
- 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.
- “Fade to Black” is the first song to get “nul points” on one side of the split vote in the semifinal and still manage to qualify for the final.