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"Love Shine a Light"
Single by Katrina and the Waves
from the album Walk on Water
Released 1997
Recorded Unknown
Genre Rock
Writer(s) Kimberley Rew
Katrina and the Waves singles chronology
"Walking on Sunshine"
"Love Shine a Light"
"Walk on Water"
United Kingdom "Love Shine a Light"
Eurovision Song Contest 1997 entry
Country United Kingdom
Artist(s) Katrina Leskanich,
Kimberley Rew,
Vince de la Cruz,
Alex Cooper
As Katrina & the Waves
Language English
Composer(s) Kimberley Rew
Lyricist(s) Kimberley Rew
Conductor Don Airey
Finals performance
Final result 1st
Final points 227
Appearance chronology
◄ Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit (1996)   
Where Are You? (1998) ►

"Love Shine a Light" was the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 1997, performed by Katrina and the Waves for the United Kingdom, composed by Kimberley Rew. It is the group's biggest success since "Walking on Sunshine" 12 years earlier.

Rew composed the song following a request from the brother of Alex Cooper (the band's drummer) for an anthem for The Samaritans.[1] The song was selected as the UK's Eurovision entry by public vote on 15 March 1997. It received 69,834 votes, 11,138 more than the second place song.[2]

The contest was held on 3 May 1997 in the Point Theatre, Dublin. The song was awarded maximum (12) points by ten countries, scoring 227 of a possible 288, the most points a Eurovision entry ever won until Finland's Hard Rock Hallelujah broke the record in 2006. However, since Finland competed in a pool of 37 countries, wider than the 25 countries in 1997, Love Shine a Light still maintains a higher percentage of votes won. It won the third-highest ever percentage of total votes after United Kingdom's Save Your Kisses for Me in 1976 and Germany's Ein bißchen Frieden in 1982.

Katrina Leskanich, lead singer of the band, commented that it was the second landslide of the week - the Labour Party led by Tony Blair had won the UK general election held two days earlier, on 1 May 1997.

The song was succeeded in 1998 as Contest winner by Dana International representing Israel performing Diva. This song was also performed as part of a medley in the introduction of the 50th anniversary show for the ESC in Copenhagen as well as the semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, in Athens.

A remix of the song was performed during the UK selection process final of 2008, Eurovision: Your Decision.


Cover versions


Chart (1997) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart 2
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart 6
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart 28
Dutch Top 40 4
Norwegian Singles Chart 2
Swedish Singles Chart 5
Swiss Singles Chart 26
UK Singles Chart 3


  1. ^ Bronson, Fred (1997-05-17). "Katrina Comes Through For The U.K. Brits Enter U.S. Act, Win Eurovision Song Contest". Billboard (Billboard Publications). 
  2. ^ "Do Re Mi hit flat note". Scotland on Sunday (The Scotsman Publications): p. 2. 1997-03-16. 

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Preceded by
"The Voice" by Eimear Quinn
Eurovision Song Contest winners
Succeeded by
"Diva" by Dana International
Preceded by
Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit
UK in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Where Are You?

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