List of contestants from the UK national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision: Your Country Needs You is the most recent name of the BBC TV show broadcast annually to select Britain's entry into the Eurovision Song Contest. Shows of similar formats have previously gone under several other names, including Festival Of British Popular Songs, Eurovision Song Contest British Final, A Song For Europe, The Great British Song Contest, Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up and Eurovision: Your Decision. As of 2011, the selection process has been replaced by an internal BBC decision. This page lists the contestants for each year of the show; the winners of the contest are in bold-italics.

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Contestants

In 1957, 1959 and 1960, there were a series of televised heats prior to the final.

Festival Of British Popular Songs (1957)

1957
Tuesday, February 12. The King's Theatre Hammersmith, London.
Host: David Jacobs
Each song was performed by two different artists
Voting: 10 regional juries of 12 members with 1 vote each, located in Belfast, Newcastle, Bangor, Edinburgh, Manchester, Nottingham, Cardiff, Birmingham, Glasgow & London.

Song Title Performers Place Score
"Don't Cry Little Doll" Bill Maynard & The Keynotes 4th 14
"Once" Pauline Shephard & Carole Carr 2nd 23
"Seven" Dennis Lotis & The Keynotes =5th 13
"All" Patricia Bredin & The Malcolm Lockyer Quartet 1st 39
"For Your Love" Ronnie Hilton & Alan Bristow =5th 13
"That’s The Way It Goes" Lita Roza & Stan Roderick 3rd 18
Unknown~ Marion Ryan SF N/A
Unknown~ John Hanson SF N/A
Unknown~ Janie Marden SF N/A
Unknown~ Jill Day SF N/A
Unknown~ Edna Savage SF N/A
Unknown~ Bryan Johnson SF N/A
Unknown~ Lorrae Desmond SF N/A
Unknown~ Frank Horox SF N/A
Unknown~ George Mitchell Singers SF N/A
Unknown~ Frank Weir Quintet SF N/A
Unknown~ Shirley Eaton SF N/A
Unknown~ The Kentones SF N/A
Unknown~ Lee Lawrence SF N/A

~ Eliminated in one of three televised heats (Tuesday, January 22, Tuesday, January 29 & Tuesday, February 5).

1958 Not Held. No UK Entry at Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision Song Contest British Final (1959 & 1960)

1959
Saturday, February 7. BBC Television Theatre, London.
Host: Pete Murray
Voting: 7 regional juries from South of England, English Midlands, Northern England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales & West of England, with 14 persons in each jury.

Song Title Performer Place
"Sing Little Birdie" Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson 1st
"This Is My Town" Lita Roza 2nd
"Suddenly" Glen Mason 3rd
"One Lonely Heart" Steve Martin 4th
"Oh, Oh, Reckon I Must Be In Love" Valerie Shane Unknown
"Success" John Hanson Unknown
"Love Me, Love Me"~ Sheila Buxton SF
"How Could I Know?"~ Don Rennie SF
"I'll Be With You"~ Marion Keene SF
"That's It, That's Love!"~ Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson SF
"Cha Cha Chocola"~ Rosemary Squires SF
"This I Will Tell My Son"~ Lester Ferguson SF

~ Eliminated in one of two televised heats (Monday, February 2 & Thursday, February 5).

1960
Saturday, February 6. BBC Television Theatre, London.
Host: David Jacobs
Voting: 7 Regional Juries, with 15 people in each jury. Juries: South Of England, English Midlands, North of England, Scotland, Wales, West of England and Northern Ireland.

Song Title Performer Place
"Each Tomorrow" Malcolm Vaughan 3rd
"Looking High, High, High" Bryan Johnson 1st
"Love Me A Little" Dennis Lotis Unknown
"Mi Amor" David Hughes 2nd
"When The Tide Turns" Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson Unknown
"Unexpectedly" Marion Keene Unknown
"Girl With A Curl" Ronnie Carroll Unknown
"Pickin' Petals"~ Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson SF
"As The Big Dipper Dipped"~ Don Lang SF
"Friendly Street"~ Benny Lee SF
"Teenage Years"~ Vince Eager SF
"Love, Kisses And Heartache"~ Marion Keene SF

~ Eliminated in one of two televised heats (Tuesday, February 2 & Thursday, February 4).

A Song For Europe (1961 - 1995)

1961
Wednesday, February 15. BBC Television Theatre, London.
Hostess: Katie Boyle
Voting: 12 Regional Juries of 10 jurors with 1 vote each, located in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Belfast, Leeds, Bangor, Manchester, Norwich, Birmingham, Cardiff, London, Bristol & Southampton.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"The Girl Next Door" Craig Douglas =7th 3
"Too Late For Tears" Valerie Masters =7th 3
"Dream Girl" Mark Wynter 4th 16
"I Will Light A Candle" Anne Shelton 6th 4
"A Place In The Country" Bryan Johnson 5th 6
"Why Can't We?" Ricky Valance 3rd 24
"Are You Sure?" The Allisons 1st 31
"Suddenly I'm In Love" Steve Arlen 2nd 30
"Tommy" Teresa Duffy =7th 3

1962
Sunday, February 11. BBC Television Theatre, London.
Host: David Jacobs
Voting: 14 Regional Juries in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, London, Plymouth, Southampton and Bristol.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"Look Look, Little Angel" Johnny Angel =5th 12
"Tell Tale" The Brook Brothers 9th 7
"Ring-A-Ding Girl" Ronnie Carroll 1st 59
"Never Goodbye" Karl Denver 4th 15
"The Message In A Bottle" Donna Douglas 3rd 19
"Alone Too Long" Frank Ifield 2nd 26
"There's No-One In The Whole Wide World" Jackie Lee 10th 3
"There's Never Been A Girl" Kenny Lynch 8th 11
"Get A Move On" Brad Newman 13th 1
"You're For Real" Rikki Price =11th 2
"My Kingdom For A Girl" Doug Sheldon =11th 2
"Pretty Hair And Angel Eyes" Robb Storme =5th 12

1963
Saturday, February 24. BBC Television Theatre, London.
Host: David Jacobs
Voting: 16 Regional Juries in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Birmingham, Cardiff, London North, London South, Plymouth, Southampton & Bristol. 12 persons in each jury, awarding 3 points to their favourite, 2 points to the second and 1 point to the third.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"My Continental Love" Anne Shelton 4th 9
"Say Wonderful Things" Ronnie Carroll 1st 33
"If You Ever Leave Me" Barry Barnett 2nd 20
"This Kind Of Love" Johnny Towers 6th 5
"Pick The Petals" Maureen Evans 3rd 17
"A Day At The Seaside" Vince Hill 5th 8
"The Little Cracked Bell Of San Raquel" Jimmy Justice 7th 4

1964
Friday, February 7. BBC Television Theatre, London.
Host: David Jacobs
All Songs Performed by Matt Monro
Voting: 16 Regional Juries.

Song Title Place Score
"Choose" 4th 16
"Ten Out Of Ten" 5th 15
"I Love The Little Things" 1st 87
"It's Funny How You Know" 6th 11
"Beautiful, Beautiful" 3rd 20
"I've Got The Moon On My Side" 2nd 43

1965
Friday, January 29. BBC Television Theatre, London.
Host: David Jacobs
All Songs Performed by Kathy Kirby
Result broadcast Friday, February 12.
Voting: Viewers cast votes via postcard for their favourite song.

Song Title Place Score
"I'll Try Not To Cry" 2nd 96,252
"Sometimes" 6th Unknown
"My Only Love" 3rd 61,993
"I Won't Let You Go" 5th Unknown
"One Day" 4th Unknown
"I Belong" 1st 110,495

1966
Thursday, January 27. BBC Television Theatre, London.
Host: David Jacobs
All Songs Performed by Kenneth McKellar
Voting: Viewers cast votes via postcard for their favourite song.

Song Title Place
"As Long As The Sun Shines" 3rd
"Country Girl" 2nd
"A Touch Of The Tartan" 5th
"A Man Without Love" 1st
"Comes The Time" 4th

1967
Saturday, February 25. BBC Television Theatre, London.
Host: Rolf Harris
All Songs Performed by Sandie Shaw on "The Rolf Harris Show"
Result broadcast Saturday, March 3.
Voting: Viewers cast votes via postcard for their favourite song.

Song Title Place
"Tell The Boys" 2nd
"I'll Cry Myself To Sleep" 3rd
"Had A Dream Last Night" 4th
"Puppet On A String" 1st
"Ask Any Woman" 5th

1968
Tuesday, March 5. BBC Television Theatre, London.
Hostess: Cilla Black
All Songs Performed by Cliff Richard on "Cilla"
Result broadcast Tuesday, March 12.
Voting: Viewers cast votes via postcard for their favourite song.

Song Title Place Score
"Wonderful World" 3rd 19,990
"Do You Remember?" 6th 4,200
"High 'n' Dry" 2nd 30,500
"The Sound Of The Candyman's Trumpet" 4th 11,200
"Congratulations" 1st 171,300
"Little Rag Doll" 5th 10,400

1969
Saturday, February 22. BBC Television Theatre, London.
Host: Michael Aspel
All Songs Performed by Lulu on "Happening For Lulu"
Result broadcast Saturday, March 1.
Voting: Viewers cast votes via postcard for their favourite song.

Song Title Place Score
"Are You Ready For Love?" 5th 5,560
"Bet Yer!" 4th 8,306
"Boom Bang-A-Bang" 1st 56,476
"I Can't Go On Living Without You" 6th 5,087
"Come September" 3rd 11,362
"March" 2nd 38,418

1970
Saturday, March 7. BBC Television Theatre, London.
Host: Cliff Richard
All Songs Performed by Mary Hopkin on "It's Cliff Richard!"
Result broadcast Saturday, March 14.
Voting: Viewers cast votes via postcard for their favourite song.

Song Title Place Score
"Three Ships Sailing" 3rd 60,330
"Early In The Morning Of Your Life" 6th 15,090
"I'm Gonna Fall In Love Again" 2nd 74,670
"You've Everything You Need" 5th 39,360
"Can I Believe?" 4th 42,160
"Knock, Knock (Who's There)?" 1st 120,290

1971
Saturday, February 27. BBC Television Theatre, London.
Host: Cliff Richard
All Songs Performed by Clodagh Rodgers on "It's Cliff Richard!"
Result broadcast Saturday, March 6.
Voting: 8 Regional Juries in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, London, Manchester & Norwich, each with 10 jurors who could award 1 vote to their favourite song.

Song Title Place
"Look Left, Look Right" 5th
"In My World Of Beautiful Things" 6th
"Jack In The Box" 1st
"Another Time, Another Place" 4th
"The Wind Of Change" =2nd
"Someone To Love Me" =2nd

1972
Saturday, February 12. BBC Television Theatre, London.
Host: Cliff Richard
All Songs Performed by The New Seekers on "It's Cliff Richard!"
Result broadcast Saturday, February 19.
Voting: Viewers cast votes via postcard for their favourite song.

Song Title Place Score
"Out On The Edge Of Beyond" 3rd 14,645
"Sing Out" 5th 7,412
"Why Can't We All Get Together?" 4th 11,337
"One By One" 2nd 27,314
"Beg, Steal Or Borrow" 1st 62,584
"Songs Of Praise" 6th 3,842

1973
Saturday, February 24. BBC Television Theatre, London.
Hostess: Cilla Black
All Songs Performed by Cliff Richard on "Cilla"
Result broadcast Saturday, March 3.
Voting: Viewers cast votes via postcard for their favourite song.

Song Title Place Score
"Come Back Billie-Joe" 2nd 34,209
"Ashes To Ashes" 6th 17,115
"Tomorrow Rising" 4th 21,858
"The Days Of Love" 5th 18,304
"Power To All Our Friends" 1st 125,505
"Help It Along" 3rd 25,369

1974
Saturday, February 23. BBC Television Theatre, London.
Host: Jimmy Savile
All Songs Performed by Olivia Newton-John on "Clunk, Click"
Result broadcast Saturday, March 2.
Voting: Viewers cast votes via postcard for their favourite song.

Song Title Place Score
"Have Love, Will Travel" 4th 15,266
"Lovin' You Ain't Easy" 5th 5,905
"Long Live Love" 1st 27,387
"Someday" 6th 5,520
"Angeleyes" 2nd 18,018
"Hands Across The Sea" 3rd 15,365

1975
Saturday, February 15. BBC Television Theatre, London.
Hostess: Lulu
All Songs Performed by The Shadows on "It's Lulu!"
Result broadcast Saturday, February 22.
Voting: Viewers cast votes via postcard for their favourite song.

Song Title Place Score
"No, No Nina" 6th 1,261
"This House Runs On Sunshine" 3rd 10,451
"Don't Throw It All Away" 4th 3,099
"Cool, Clear Air" 5th 1,601
"Stand Up Like A Man" 2nd 14,294
"Let Me Be The One" 1st 17,477

1976
Wednesday, February 25. The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Host: Michael Aspel
Voting: 14 Regional Juries located in Bristol, Bangor, Leeds, Norwich, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Birmingham, Manchester, Belfast, Cardiff, Plymouth, Glasgow, Southampton and London. Each jury ranked the songs 1-12, awarding 12 points for their favourite down to 1 point for their least preferred.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"Wake Up" Co-Co 2nd 138
"Do You Believe In Love At First Sight?" Polly Brown 10th 71
"Save Your Kisses For Me" Brotherhood Of Man 1st 140
"I Couldn't Live Without You For A Day" Hazell Dean =8th 77
"A Love For All Seasons" Champagne =8th 77
"Ain't Gonna Take No For An Answer" Frank Ifield 12th 21
"Maria" Sunshine 7th 80
"Love's A Carousel" Tammy Jones 6th 98
"Going To The Movies" Joey Valentine 11th 52
"Love, Kiss And Run" Sweet Dreams 4th 109
"Take The Money And Run" Louisa-Jane White 5th 100
"Queen Of The Mardi-Gras" Tony Christie 3rd 129

1977
Wednesday, March 9. The New London Theatre, London.
Host: Terry Wogan
Voting: 14 Regional Juries located in Belfast, Bristol, Aberdeen, Bangor, Leeds, London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Norwich, Newcastle, Manchester, Plymouth and Southampton. Each jury ranked the songs 1-12, awarding 12 points for their favourite down to 1 point for their least preferred.
(Show not televised due to strike action)

Song Title Performer Place Score
"What Do You Say To Love?" Mary Mason 2nd 132
"Where Were You When I Needed Your Love?" The Foundations 3rd 125
"Leave A Little Love" Tony Monopoly 9th 66
"If Everybody Loved The Same As You" Lyn Paul =6th 74
"Just For You" High Society =6th 74
"A Little Give, A Little Take" Carl Wayne 11th 62
"Rock Bottom" Lynsey de Paul & Mike Moran 1st 143
"You're My Sweet Sensation" Sweet Sensation 8th 73
"Swings And Roundabouts" Val Stokes 12th 57
"Everybody Knows" Beano 10th 60
"After All This Time" Wesley, Park And Smith 5th 106
"Promises, Promises" Rags 4th 120

1978
Friday, March 31. The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Host: Terry Wogan
Voting: 14 Regional Juries located in Belfast, Bristol, Aberdeen, Bangor, Leeds, London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Norwich, Newcastle, Manchester, Plymouth and Southampton. Each jury ranked the songs 1-12, awarding 12 points for their favourite down to 1 point for their least preferred.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"Shine It On" Christian =3rd 114
"Oh No, Look What You've Done" Brown Sugar =11th 49
"Door In My Face" The Fruit Eating Bears =11th 49
"Moments" Jacquie Sullivan 6th 106
"Too Much In Love" Sunshine 8th 81
"Lonely Nights" Ronnie France 9th 68
"One Glance" The Jarvis Brothers =3rd 114
"The Bad Old Days" Co-Co 1st 135
"We Got It Bad" Bob James 10th 66
"Don't Bother To Knock" Midnight 2nd 116
"Don't Let Me Stand In Your Way" Babe Rainbow 7th 84
"Solid Love" Labi Siffre 5th 110

1979
Thursday, March 8. The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Host: Terry Wogan
Voting: 14 Regional Juries located in Belfast, Bristol, Aberdeen, Bangor, Leeds, London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Norwich, Newcastle, Manchester, Plymouth and Southampton. Each jury ranked the songs 1-12, awarding 12 points for their favourite down to 1 point for their least preferred based on audio recordings of the songs.
(Show abandoned due to strike action)

Song Title Performer Place Score
"Mary Ann" Black Lace 1st 132
"You Are My Life" Lynda Virtu 8th 82
"Who Put The Shine On Your Shoes?" Ipswich =5th 90
"Mr. Moonlight" Herbie Flowers & The Daisies =5th 90
"Miss Caroline Newley" M Squad 11th 44
"Call My Name" Eleanor Keenan 3rd 109
"How Do You Mend a Broken Heart?" Guys 'n' Dolls 10th 56
"All I Needed Was Your Love" Linda Kendricks 12th 33
"Home Again (Living With You)" Monte-Carlo 7th 83
"Let It All Go" Sal Davis 9th 77
"Harry, My Honolulu Lover" The Nolan Sisters 4th 101
"Fantasy" Kim Clark 2nd 117

1980
Wednesday, March 26. BBC Television Theatre, London.
Host: Terry Wogan
Voting: 14 Regional Juries located in Belfast, Bristol, Aberdeen, Bangor, Leeds, London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Norwich, Newcastle, Manchester, Plymouth and Southampton. Each jury ranked the songs 1-12, awarding 12 points for their favourite down to 1 point for their least preferred. Each jury then awarded 1 vote for the top two songs to break a tie.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"Don't Throw Your Love Away" Scramble 6th 97
"Happy Everything" Maggie Moone 2nd 137
"Easy" Plain Sailing =4th 111
"Here We'll Stay" Sonia Jones 11th 56
"Love Enough For Two" Prima Donna 1st 139
"Symphony For You" Jacqui Scott 8th 67
"Love Is Alive" Duke & The Aces 7th 94
"Everything Is Alright" Roy Winston 10th 58
"Love Comes, Love Grows" Midnite 9th 62
"Gonna Do My Best" The Main Event 12th 45
"I Want To Be Me" Pussyfoot =4th 111
"Surrender" Kim Clark 3rd 129

1981
Wednesday, March 11. BBC Television Theatre, London.
Host: Terry Wogan
Voting: 7 Regional Juries located in Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Belfast, Edinburgh, London and Bristol. Juries ranked the songs internally and awarded 15 points to their favourite, 12 to the second, 10 to the third, 9 to the fourth, 8 to the fifth, 7 to the sixth, 6 to the seventh and 5 to their least preferred.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"Not Without Your Ticket (Don't Go)" Headache 7th 50
"All Cried Out" Gary Benson 4th 63
"For Only A Day" Unity 8th 38
"Wish" Beyond 3rd 67
"Making Your Mind Up" Bucks Fizz 1st 97
"Have You Ever Been In Love?" Gem 4th 63
"Where Are You Now?" Lezlee Carling 6th 56
"Don't Panic" Liquid Gold 2nd 70

1982
Wednesday, March 24. BBC Television Centre, London.
Host: Terry Wogan
Voting: 7 Regional Juries located in Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Belfast, Edinburgh, London and Bristol. Juries ranked the songs internally and awarded 15 points to their favourite, 12 to the second, 10 to the third, 9 to the fourth, 8 to the fifth, 7 to the sixth, 6 to the seventh and 5 to their least preferred.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"Dancing In Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop)" Q-Feel 6th 59
"No Matter How I Try" Paul Curtis =4th 60
"Every Step Of The Way" The Touring Company =2nd 69
"Different Worlds, Different People" Lovin' Feeling =4th 60
"Every Day Of My Life" Good Looks =2nd 69
"You're The Only Good Thing In My Life" Rich Gypsy 8th 53
"One Step Further" Bardo 1st 76
"How Long?" The Weltons 7th 58

1983
Thursday, March 24. BBC Television Theatre, London.
Host: Terry Wogan
Voting: 8 Regional Juries located in Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Belfast, Edinburgh, London, Norwich and Bristol. Juries ranked the songs internally and awarded 15 points to their favourite, 12 to the second, 10 to the third, 9 to the fourth, 8 to the fifth, 7 to the sixth, 6 to the seventh and 5 to their least preferred.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"I'm Never Giving Up" Sweet Dreams 1st 109
"I'm Going Home" Sam Childs 8th 50
"All Around The World" Stuart Slater 5th 63
"With Love" Casablanca 3rd 72
"We've Got All The Time In The World" Mirror 2nd 91
"Love On Your Mind" Audio 4th 68
"When The Kissing Stops" Rubic 5th 63
"Keeping Our Love Alive" Ritzy 7th 60

1984
Wednesday, April 4. BBC Television Centre, London.
Host: Terry Wogan
Voting: 8 Regional Juries located in Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Belfast, Edinburgh, London, Norwich and Bristol. Juries ranked the songs internally and awarded 15 points to their favourite, 12 to the second, 10 to the third, 9 to the fourth, 8 to the fifth, 7 to the sixth, 6 to the seventh and 5 to their least preferred.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"Magical Music" Caprice 6th 60
"Look At Me Now" Nina Shaw 3rd 78
"This Love Is Deep" Bryan Evans 8th 53
"Love Games" Belle & The Devotions 1st 112
"Where The Action Is" First Division 2nd 79
"Let It Shine" Miriam Ann Lesley 5th 62
"Imagination" Sinitta 3rd 77
"Stay In My Life" Hazell Dean 7th 55

1985
Friday, April 5. BBC Television Centre, London.
Host: Terry Wogan
Voting: 9 Regional Juries located in Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Belfast, Edinburgh, London, Norwich, Plymouth and Bristol. Juries ranked the songs internally and awarded 15 points to their favourite, 12 to the second, 10 to the third, 9 to the fourth, 8 to the fifth, 7 to the sixth, 6 to the seventh and 5 to their least preferred.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"Love Is..." Vikki (Watson) 1st 124
"I'm Crying" Peter Beckett 7th 59
"The Clock On The Wall" Alvin Stardust 3rd 90
"What We Say With Our Eyes" James Oliver 6th 66
"Energy" Des Dyer 4th 77
"Let Me Love You One More Time" Annabel 5th 72
"Dancing In The Night" Keri Wells 2nd 101
"So Do I" Mike Redway & Fiona Kennedy 7th 59

1986
Wednesday, April 2. BBC Television Centre, London.
Host: Terry Wogan
Voting: 11 Regional Juries located in Leeds, Newcastle, Plymouth, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Belfast, Edinburgh, London, Norwich and Bristol. Juries ranked the songs internally and awarded 15 points to their favourite, 12 to the second, 10 to the third, 9 to the fourth, 8 to the fifth, 7 to the sixth, 6 to the seventh and 5 to their least preferred.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"Dreamer" Vanity Fare 3rd 99
"Dancing With You Again" Palace 5th 91
"No Easy Way To Love" Colin Heywood 6th 80
"I'm Sorry" Chad Brown 7th 78
"Tongue Tied" Kenny Charles 4th 86
"Runner In The Night" Ryder 1st 145
"Don't Hang Up On Love" Jump 2nd 137
"The War Of The Roses" Future 8th 76

1987
Friday, April 10. BBC Television Centre, London.
Host: Terry Wogan
Voting: 9 Regional Juries located in Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Belfast, Edinburgh, London, Norwich, Newcastle and Bristol. Juries ranked the songs internally and awarded 15 points to their favourite, 12 to the second, 10 to the third, 9 to the fourth, 8 to the fifth, 7 to the sixth, 6 to the seventh, 5 to the eighth, 3 to the ninth and 1 to their least preferred.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"Only The Light" Rikki (Peebles) 1st 112
"The Lion Within" Siy 8th 48
"I Want You" Mike Stacey 5th 72
"Everybody" Mal Pope 7th 58
"Too Hot Too Handle" Ann Turner 2nd 101
"Master Of The Game" Ian Prince 10th 34
"Just Let Me" Gordon Campbell 9th 43
"Bless Your Lucky Stars" Zuice 3rd 78
"What You Gonna Do?" John T. Ford 4th 75
"Romeo" Heavy Pettin' 6th 60

1988
Friday, March 25. BBC Television Centre, London.
Host: Terry Wogan
With guest commentators: Gloria Hunniford, Bruce Welch, Mike Batt & George Martin
Voting: Viewers voted by telephone for their favourite song.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"'Til The Night" Catwalk 7th 22,358
"High Windows" Camino 3rd 41,528
"Just A Memory" Zoe (Nicholas) 6th 27,783
"Make Your Dreams Come True" FNAC 5th 28,946
"One More Chance" Klass 8th 19,504
"Heart To Heart" Clinging To The Wreckage 4th 30,382
"This Is The Kiss" Two Che 2nd 73,785
"Go" Scott Fitzgerald 1st 93,271

1989
Friday, March 24. BBC Television Centre, London.
Host: Terry Wogan
With guest commentators: Lulu, Deke Arlon, Leslie Bricusse & Gary Davies
Voting: Viewers voted by telephone for their favourite song.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"Back In The Groove" Frankie Johnson 6th 10,731
"I Can't Stop Loving You" James Oliver 7th 9,110
"Shame" Jane Alexander 3rd 47,664
"Just For The Good Times" Danny Ellis 8th 6,777
"You Stepped Out Of My Dreams" Julie C 2nd 51,449
"Why Do I Always Get It Wrong?" Live Report 1st 111,996
"Love Come Down" The Pearls 4th 33,279
"Heaven Help My Heart" Linda Carroll 5th 17,084

1990
Friday, March 30. BBC Television Centre, London.
Host: Terry Wogan
With guest commentators: Gloria Hunniford, Cathy McGowan, Tim Rice & Carl Davis
Voting: Viewers voted by telephone for their favourite song.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"Better Be Good To Me" Kelly 6th 13,179
"That Old Feeling Again" Stephen Lee Garden 5th 14,447
"Never Give Up" Thom Hardwell 8th 3,540
"Give A Little Love Back To The World" Emma (Booth) 1st 97,625
"Ball And Chain" Les McKeown 5th 15,171
"Face In The Crowd" Simon Spiro 7th 5,551
"Sentimental Again" Kim Goody 3rd 17,986
"Where I Belong" John Miles 2nd 38,966

1991
Friday, March 29. BBC Television Centre, London.
Host: Terry Wogan
Voting: Viewers voted by telephone for their favourite song.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"We Will Protect You" The Ravenscroft Partnership 5th 36,047
"Straight To Your Heart" Christopher Ellis 7th 14,231
"A Message To Your Heart" Samantha Janus 1st 108,896
"Nothing On This Earth" Christie (Joanne Castle) 6th 17,296
"One Love" Malcolm Roberts 8th 11,250
"A Little Bit Of Heaven" Lorraine Craig 3rd 61,589
"True Love" Julie Finney 4th 58,146
"Lover Come In" Brendan Faye 2nd 95,696

1992
Friday, April 3. BBC Television Centre, London.
Host: Terry Wogan
All Songs Performed by Michael Ball
Voting: Viewers voted by telephone for their favourite song.

Song Title Place Score
"This Is The Moment (I've Been Waiting For)" 5th 73,084
"Call On Me" 7th 48,419
"As Dreams Go By" 2nd 94,844
"Secret Of Love" 3rd 91,705
"Everyday, Everynight" 8th 32,007
"Who Needs To Know?" 6th 52,126
"One Step Out Of Time" 1st 153,792
"If You Ever Need Another Love" 4th 86,476

1993
Friday, April 9. BBC Television Centre, London.
Host: Terry Wogan
All Songs Performed by Sonia
Voting: Viewers voted by telephone for their favourite song.

Song Title Place Score
"A Little Love" 4th 55,053
"I'm Gonna Put A Spell On You" 6th 27,795
"Life After Love" 5th 38,303
"It's Just A Matter Of Time" 8th 18,251
"Better The Devil You Know" 1st 156,955
"Our World" 2nd 77,695
"So Much Of Your Love" 3rd 70,454
"Trust" 7th 26,745

1994
Friday, March 18. BBC Television Centre, London.
Host: Terry Wogan
With guest commentators: Richard O'Brien & Jonathan King
All Songs Performed by Frances Ruffelle
Voting: Viewers voted by telephone for their favourite song.

Song Title Place Score
"Waiting In The Wings" 3rd 36,856
"Slowboat" 7th 6,549
"I Know These Things" 8th 6,249
"Sink Or Swim" 2nd 63,417
"Wrong Guy" 6th 7,406
"One More Night" 4th 20,608
"His Love" 5th 8,031
"Lonely Symphony (We Will Be Free)" 1st 99,946

1995
Friday, March 31. BBC Television Centre, London.
Host: Terry Wogan with Mark Goodier presenting a Top of the Pops preview show
With guest commentators: Brian Harvey, Ian Dury, Cheryl Baker, Mike Read, Let Loose, Jonathan King, Scarlet & Bruno Brookes
Voting: Viewers voted by telephone for their favourite song.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"I Need You" Deuce 3rd 73,467
"Spinning Away" Paul Harris 7th 19,239
"I'm Just Your Puppet (On A String)" Londonbeat 6th 35,434
"Go For The Heart" Sox 4th 65,436
"Rainbows And You" Simon Spiro 5th 43,299
"Then There's A Knock..." fff 8th 17,216
"One Gift Of Love" Dear Jon 2nd 81,359
"Love City Groove" Love City Groove 1st 140,174

The Great British Song Contest (1996 - 1999)

1996
Friday, March 8. BBC Television Centre, London.
Host: Terry Wogan
Voting: Viewers voted by telephone for their favourite song.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"Find Love" Layla 4th Unknown
"I Gave You Everything" Code Red 2nd 41,791
"I Never Knew"~ Esseness SF N/A
"Sometimes It Rains"~ Dan Anderson SF N/A
"I Just Want To Make Love 2U"~ Lois SF N/A
"Louise"~ Twin Hazey SF N/A
"A Little Love" Zeitiah Massiah 3rd 41,105
"Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit" Gina G 1st 113,576

~ Eliminated in a televised heat hosted by Nicky Campbell.

1997
Sunday, March 9. BBC Television Centre, London.
Host: Dale Winton
Result broadcast Saturday, March 15.
Voting: Viewers voted by telephone for their favourite song.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"Can't You See I'm Crying?"* Paul Varney SF N/A
"For The Life You Don't Yet Know" Sam Blue 4th Unknown
"Heart Of Stone"* Dave Black SF N/A
"Lighten Up"* B-Yond SF N/A
"Love Shine A Light" Katrina & The Waves 1st 69,830
"Room For Change"* Laura Pallas SF N/A
"Yodel In The Canyon Of Love" Do-Re-Mi Featuring Kerry 2nd 58,696
"You Stayed Away Too Long" Joanna May 3rd 51,584

* Eliminated in a radio only heat hosted by Terry Wogan & Ken Bruce.

1998
Sunday, March 15. BBC Television Centre, London.
Host: Terry Wogan
Result broadcast Saturday, March 21.
Voting: Viewers voted by telephone for their favourite song.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"Don't It Make You Feel So Good?" Alberta 2nd 66,278
"Give It Up"* Lisa Millett SF N/A
"I'll Never Be Lonely Again" Sapphire 3rd 65,712
"Suddenly (Took So Many Years)"* Farrell Lennon SF N/A
"When We're Alone (We Dream)" The Collective 4th 53,950
"When We Were In Love"* Mandy Wilson SF N/A
"Where Are You?" Imaani 1st 70,421
"Wish You Were Here"* Anita Madigan SF N/A

* Eliminated in a radio only heat hosted by Terry Wogan & Ken Bruce.

1999
Sunday, March 7. BBC Television Centre, London.
Hostess: Ulrika Jonsson
Result broadcast Friday, March 12.
Voting: Viewers voted by telephone for their favourite song.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"All Time High"* Energia SF N/A
"Fly"* Cheryl Beattie SF N/A
"Say It Again" Precious 1st 52,457
"Separate Lives"* Susan Black SF N/A
"So Strange" Alberta 2nd 51,708
"Until You Saved My Life Tonight" Sister Sway 3rd 51,398
"Wait Until The Morning"* Leanne Cartwright SF N/A
"You've Taken My Dreams" Jay 4th 43,765

* Eliminated in a radio only heat hosted by Terry Wogan & Ken Bruce.

A Song For Europe (2000 - 2003)

2000
Sunday, February 20. Elstree Studios, Elstree.
Hostess: Katy Hill
Voting: Viewers voted by telephone for their favourite song.

Song Title Performer Semi Final Score Semi Final Place Final Score Final Place
"Aria"* Helene 1,826 7th N/A N/A
"Crazy" Catherine Porter 5,191 2nd 29,348 3rd
"Don't Play That Song Again" Nicki French 5,550 1st 47,355 1st
"I Won't Let You Do This To Me" Sexy Sadie 4,403 3rd 10,494 4th
"Only The Women Know" Six Chix 4,115 4th 42,309 2nd
"Stand Up"* Jane Tretton 2,182 6th N/A N/A
"The Answer"* Catherine Porter 1,635 8th N/A N/A
"Wherever You Go"* India 3,254 5th N/A N/A

* Eliminated in a radio only heat hosted by Terry Wogan & Ken Bruce.

2001
Sunday, March 11. Elstree Studios, Elstree.
Hostess: Katy Hill
Voting: Viewers voted by telephone for their favourite song.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"Just Another Rainbow" Lucy Randell 3rd 19,337
"King Of Love"* Charlotte Henry SF N/A
"Men" Nanne Grönvall 4th Unknown
"No Dream Impossible" Lindsay Dracass 1st 45,564
"That's My Love (For You)" Tony Moore 2nd 31,895
"To Die For"* Luke Galliana SF N/A
"Twisted"* Moneypenny SF N/A
"Why Should I Love You?"* Obsession SF N/A

* Eliminated in a radio only heat hosted by Terry Wogan & Ken Bruce.

2002
Sunday, March 3. Elstree Studios, Elstree.
Hosts: Christopher Price & Claire Sweeney
Voting: Viewers voted by telephone for their favourite song.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"Lovestruck"* Honey Trap SF N/A
"Never In A Million Years" Zee Asha Disqualified N/A
"When You're Around"* Paula O'Neil SF N/A
"Fade Away"* Pulse SF N/A
"I Give In" Surf N Turf 4th Unknown
"Every Step Of The Way" Level Best 3rd 8,927
"DJ Romeo" Tricia Penrose 2nd 28,621
"Come Back" Jessica Garlick 1st 67,998

* Eliminated in a radio only heat hosted by Terry Wogan & Ken Bruce.

2003
Sunday, March 2. BBC Television Centre, London.
Host: Terry Wogan
Voting: Viewers voted by telephone for their favourite song. The votes were then divided into 6 regions: Scotland, Southern England, Northern Ireland, English Midlands, Northern England and Wales, with 12 points given to the highest scoring song in each region, 10 to the second, 9 to the third and 0 to the fourth placed song.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"Do Anything For Your Love"* Fenix SF N/A
"Ever Since That Night" Mimi 3rd 54
"First Night"* SK (Steamy Knights) SF N/A
"Now And Forever" (aka "Wait For The Moment") Simon Chapman 4th 0
"Cry Baby" Jemini 1st 68
"Help Me" Emily Reed 2nd 64
"Smile"* Gallico SF N/A
"Rainy Day In Summer"* Ben Plus One SF N/A

* Eliminated in a radio only heat hosted by Terry Wogan & Ken Bruce.
"Now And Forever" was performed in the radio only semi final by Esther Hart and was titled "Wait For The Moment". Hart withdrew when she qualified for the Dutch National Final. Her replacement was the group 'United Colours of Sound', who also withdrew before the televised final; being replaced in turn by Simon Chapman.

Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up! (2004 - 2007)

2004
Saturday, February 28. BBC Television Centre, London.
Hosts: Terry Wogan & Gaby Roslin with Paddy O'Connell on BBC Three
With Panellists: Carrie Grant, Harry Hill & Lorraine Kelly
Voting: Viewers voted by telephone for their favourite song. The votes were then divided into 7 regions: South West England, Wales, Northern Ireland, English Midlands, South East England, Northern England and Scotland, with 12 points given to the highest scoring song in each region, 8 to the second, 6 to the third, 4 to the fourth, 2 to the fifth and 0 to the lowest ranked song. Votes given by SMS (regardless of location) were allocated as a percentage of the vote received.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"Weekend (Gotta Work)" Enrap-Ture 4th 37
"Hold On To Our Love" James Fox 1st 120
"Me Without You" Haifa 6th 9
"Leading Me On" Hyrise 2nd 82
"With You I Believe" Haydon Eshun 5th 17
"It Just Gets Better" Madison Taylor 3rd 59

2005
Saturday, March 5. BBC Television Centre, London.
Hosts: Terry Wogan & Natasha Kaplinsky
With Panellists: Jonathan Ross, Bruno Tonioli, Paddy O'Connell & Natalie Cassidy
Voting: Viewers voted by telephone for their favourite song. The votes were then divided into 8 regions: South West England, South East England, Wales, Northern Ireland, English Midlands, Northern England, Scotland and any votes cast via the Internet (regardless of location), with 12 points given to the highest scoring song in each region, 8 to the second, 6 to the third, 4 to the fourth and 2 to the lowest ranked song. Votes given by SMS were allocated as a percentage of the vote received.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"Touch My Fire" Javine (Hylton) 1st 116
"Brand New Day" Tricolore 4th 58
"Flashback" Gina G 5th 20
"Guardian Angel" Andy Scott-Lee 3rd 61
"Not Just Anybody" Katie Price (aka Jordan) 2nd 101

2006
Saturday, March 4. BBC Television Centre, London.
Hosts: Terry Wogan & Natasha Kaplinsky
With Panellists: Jonathan Ross, Bruno Tonioli, Fearne Cotton & Kelly Osbourne
Voting: Viewers voted by telephone for their favourite song. The votes were then divided into 8 regions: Northern England, South East England, Scotland, English Midlands, Northern Ireland, Wales, South West England and any votes cast via the Internet (regardless of location), with 12 points given to the highest scoring song in each region, 8 to the second, 6 to the third, 4 to the fourth, 2 to the fifth and 0 to the lowest ranked song. Votes given by SMS were allocated as a percentage of the vote received.

Song Title Performer Place Score
"Play Your Game" Goran Kay 6th 14
"Whisper To Me" Kym Marsh (aka Kym Ryder) 4th 53
"Teenage Life" Daz Sampson 1st 151
"All About You" City Chix 3rd 55
"Hand On My Heart" Four Story 5th 17
"Beautiful Thing" Antony Costa 2nd 96

2007
Saturday, March 17. BBC Television Centre, London.
Hosts: Terry Wogan & Fearne Cotton
With Panellists: John Barrowman & Mel Giedroyc
Voting: Viewers voted by phone for their favourite song. Following an initial round of voting, the top two songs were performed again and voted on a second time. No details of the scores were given.

Song Title Performer Place
"(Don't It Make You) Happy!" Liz McClarnon 5th
"I Can" Brian Harvey 6th
"Big Bro Thang" Big Brovaz 3rd
"I'll Leave My Heart" Cyndi 2nd
"Flying The Flag (For You)" Scooch 1st
"They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To" Justin Hawkins & Beverlei Brown 4th

Eurovision: Your Decision (2008)

2008
Saturday, March 1. BBC Television Centre, London.
Hosts: Terry Wogan & Claudia Winkleman
With Panellists/Judges: John Barrowman & Carrie Grant
Voting: LoveShy, Rob McVeigh and Andy Abraham were eliminated by judges John Barrowman & Carrie Grant. Andy Abraham was then 'saved' by Terry Wogan and reinstated. Viewers voted by phone for their favourite of the four remaining songs. Following an initial round of voting, the top two songs were performed again and voted on a second time. No details of the scores were given.

Song Title Performer Place
"Mr. Gorgeous" LoveShy =5th
"It's You" The Revelations =3rd
"I Owe It All To You" Rob McVeigh =5th
"Changes" Simona Armstrong =3rd
"Even If" Andy Abraham 1st
"Woo (You Make Me)" Michelle Gayle 2nd

Eurovision: Your Country Needs You (2009-2010)

2009
Saturday, January 31. BBC Television Centre, London.
Host: Graham Norton
With Panellists: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lulu, Diane Warren, Duncan James, Arlene Phillips, Emma Bunton & Alesha Dixon
Voting: Viewers voted by telephone for their favourite act each week. The bottom 2 acts were then judged by Andrew Lloyd-Webber who chose to 'save' one of the 2. On the final show, viewers voted by telephone for their favourite of the three remaining acts. No details of the scoring was given.

Song title Performer Place
"My Time" Mark Evans 3rd
"My Time" The Twins 2nd
"My Time" Jade Ewen 1st
Stage: Finals
Heat Heat 1 Heat 2 Heat 3 Finale
Place Contestants Results
1 Jade Ewen Bottom 2 Winner
2 The Twins Runner Up
3 Mark Evans Eliminated
4 Emperors of Soul Bottom 2 Eliminated
5 Charlotte Finlay Bottom 2 Eliminated
6 Damien Flood Eliminated

2010
Friday, March 12. BBC Television Centre, London.
Host: Graham Norton
With Judge: Pete Waterman and Panellists: Bruno Tonioli, Jade Ewen & Mike Stock
Voting: Three singing acts - Miss Fitz, Uni5 and Karen Harding - were eliminated by judge Pete Waterman. Viewers voted by telephone for their favourite of the three remaining acts. No details of the scoring was given.

Song title Performer Place
"That Sounds Good To Me" Alexis Gerred 2nd
"That Sounds Good To Me" Esma Akkilic 3rd
"That Sounds Good To Me" Josh Dubovie 1st

Eurovision 2011

2011
There was no televised selection procedure for the 2011 UK Eurovision entrant. Blue were selected to represent Britain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 internally by the BBC, with the song "I Can", written by Duncan James, Lee Ryan, Ciaron Bell, Ben Collier, Ian Hope, Liam Keenan and 'StarSign'[1]. In place of a national final, a one hour documentary following the groups preparations for Germany, entitled Eurovision: Your Country Needs Blue was broadcast by BBC One on April 16, 2011.[2]

UK singles chart successes

Year Chart Song/Performer
1959 #12 "Sing Little Birdie" - Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson
1960 #20 "Looking High, High, High" - Bryan Johnson
1961 #27 "Dream Girl" - Mark Wynter
1961 # 2 "Are You Sure?" - The Allisons
1962 #46 "Ring-A-Ding Girl" - Ronnie Carroll
1962 # 9 "Never Goodbye" - Karl Denver
1963 # 6 "Say Wonderful Things" - Ronnie Carroll
1965 #36 "I Belong" - Kathy Kirby
1966 #30 "A Man Without Love" - Kenneth McKellar
1967 # 1 "Puppet On A String" - Sandie Shaw
1968 # 1 "Congratulations" - Cliff Richard
1969 # 2 "Boom Bang-A-Bang" - Lulu
1970 # 2 "Knock, Knock (Who's There)?" - Mary Hopkin
1971 # 4 "Jack In The Box" - Clodagh Rodgers
1971 #13 "Another Time, Another Place" - Engelbert Humperdinck (Cover Version)
1972 # 2 "Beg, Steal Or Borrow" - The New Seekers
1973 # 4 "Power To All Our Friends" - Cliff Richard
1973 #29 "Help It Along"/"Tomorrow Rising" - Cliff Richard
1974 #11 "Long Live Love" - Olivia Newton-John
1975 #12 "Let Me Be The One" - The Shadows
1975 #20 "Don't Throw It All Away" - Gary Benson (Cover Version by Composer)
1976 # 1 "Save Your Kisses For Me" - Brotherhood Of Man
1977 #19 "Rock Bottom" - Lynsey de Paul & Mike Moran
1978 #13 "The Bad Old Days" - Co-Co
1979 #42 "Mary Ann" - Black Lace
1980 #48 "Love Enough For Two" - Prima Donna
1981 # 1 "Making Your Mind Up" - Bucks Fizz
1981 #42 "Don't Panic" - Liquid Gold
1981 #10 "Have You Ever Been In Love?" - Leo Sayer (Cover Version)
1982 # 2 "One Step Further" - Bardo
1983 #21 "I'm Never Giving Up" - Sweet Dreams
1984 #11 "Love Games" - Belle & The Devotions
1985 #49 "Love Is..." - Vikki (Watson)
1985 #85* "The Clock On The Wall" - Alvin Stardust (On "So Near To Christmas" EP)
1986 #98* "Runner In The Night" - Ryder
1987 #96* "Only The Light" - Rikki (Peebles)
1988 #52 "Go" - Scott Fitzgerald
1989 #73 "Why Do I Always Get It Wrong?" - Live Report
1990 #33 "Give A Little Love Back To The World" - Emma
1991 #30 "A Message To Your Heart" - Samantha Janus
1992 #20 "One Step Out Of Time" - Michael Ball
1993 #15 "Better The Devil You Know" - Sonia
1994 #25 "Lonely Symphony (We Will Be Free)" - Frances Ruffelle
1995 # 7 "Love City Groove" - Love City Groove
1995 #10 "I Need You" - Deuce
1995 #55 "I'm Just Your Puppet (On A String)" - Londonbeat
1995 #47 "Go For The Heart" - Sox
1995 #68 "One Gift Of Love" - Dear Jon
1996 # 1 "Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit" - Gina G
1996 #50 "I Gave You Everything" - Code Red
1997 # 3 "Love Shine A Light" - Katrina & The Waves
1998 #15 "Where Are You?" - Imaani
1999 # 6 "Say It Again" - Precious
2000 #34 "Don't Play That Song Again" - Nicki French
2000 #72 "Only The Women Know" - Six Chix
2001 #32 "No Dream Impossible" - Lindsay Dracass
2001 #42 "To Die For" - Luke Galliana
2002 #13 "Come Back" - Jessica Garlick
2003 #15 "Cry Baby" - Jemini
2004 #13 "Hold On To Our Love" - James Fox
2005 #18 "Touch My Fire" - Javine (Hylton)
2006 # 8 "Teenage Life" - Daz Sampson
2007 # 5 "Flying The Flag (For You)" - Scooch
2008 #67 "Even If" - Andy Abraham
2009 #27 "It's My Time" - Jade Ewen
2011 #16 "I Can" - Blue

* Technically not a hit as the UK chart has only ever officially recorded a Top 75 for singles. The positions 76 - 100 at this time were only for releases that had not yet appeared in the Top 75, but were 'bubbling under' the Top 75.

From 1964 - 1975, the runner up in the UK heat was featured as the B-side of the winning single (both runners-up in 1971). The remaining two songs from 1973 were on the B-side of "Help It Along/Tomorrow Rising" in 1973. A cover version of "Songs Of Praise" from the 1972 contest was featured as the B-side of "Dear Elaine", a #18 hit in 1973 for the song's composer, Roy Wood.

(Top Ten hits in bold. No.1s in bold italics) [3]

UK extended play chart successes

Year Chart Song/Performer
1964 #16 "Song For Europe" (inc. all 6 entries) - Matt Monro
1965 # 9 "BBC TV's Song For Europe" (inc. all 6 entries) - Kathy Kirby
1967 # 4 "Tell The Boys" (inc. the 4 'losing' songs) - Sandie Shaw

EP Chart Discontinued After 1967
Top Ten Hits in Bold. [4]

Trivia

  • From 1964 - 1975 The Song For Europe programme was pre-recorded, often several weeks in advance. In 1966 the show was pre-recorded on November 26, 1965![5] The result was typically broadcast one week after each Song For Europe programme, with the exception of 1965, where there was a two week delay.
  • From 1988 - 1991, 1995, and from 2004 - 2008 the result was broadcast in a separate programme, shown later the same night as the performances.
  • From 1992 - 1994 the programme was again pre-recorded, but the result show was live and broadcast the same night.
  • From 1997 - 1998 the results were announced the next Saturday after the final and on the following Friday in 1999.
  • Postcard voting was used to choose the winner from 1965 - 1975. This had to be abandoned in 1971 due to a postal strike, with regional juries, made up of ordinary members of the public selecting the winner. Juries did the job from 1957–1964 and from 1976 - 1987. From 1988 onwards, televoting has been organized ostensibly to choose the winner, although this result wasn't always followed.
  • Lita Roza, Anne Shelton, Ronnie Hilton, Craig Douglas, Ricky Valance, Sandie Shaw, Cliff Richard, Mary Hopkin, The New Seekers/Lyn Paul, The Shadows, Frank Ifield, The Foundations, Sweet Sensation, Carl Wayne (of The Move), Alvin Stardust, Sonia, Anthony Costa (of Blue), Brian Harvey (of East 17), Liz McClarnon (of Atomic Kitten) and Blue had all enjoyed a number one UK single prior to entering the UK heat.
  • Sandie Shaw, Cliff Richard, Brotherhood Of Man, Bucks Fizz and Gina G are the only acts to take their song from the UK final to number one in the UK singles chart.
  • Only Frank Ifield, Cliff Richard, Lulu, The New Seekers, Olivia Newton-John, Brotherhood Of Man, Tony Christie and Bucks Fizz have been able to reach the pinnacle of the top of the UK singles chart after appearing in the contest.
  • Polly Brown is the only artist in a multi-artist final to perform two songs. She appeared as a soloist and as one half of Sweet Dreams in the 1976 competition, finishing 10th and 4th respectively. Catherine Porter had two songs in the 2000 competition, but only one reached the televised final.
  • The Sweet Dreams who placed 4th in 1976 are no relation to the Sweet Dreams that won the contest in 1983. The first is a male/female duo, the second is a trio of two girls and one boy. Carrie Grant who works extensively on British TV as a voice coach was a member of the Sweet Dreams trio.
  • The Pearls, a female quartet formed specifically for the 1989 contest are no relation to The Pearls, a female duo who had some minor chart hits in the early 1970s. Similarly, Joanne Castle, a female solosit who performed under the name 'Christie' in the 1991 contest, is no relation to the male group Christie that topped the UK charts with the song Yellow River.
  • Ronnie Carroll, Cliff Richard, Cheryl Baker and Sally-Ann Triplett are the only singers to win the A Song For Europe contest twice. In Cliff's case, he was only subjected to a song selection process and was already assured of the place in Eurovision. Baker was a member of Co-Co in 1978 and Bucks Fizz in 1981. In addition, Baker was part of Co-Co in 1976 and The Main Event in 1980. Triplett was part of Prima Donna in 1980 and Bardo in 1982.
  • Sally-Ann Triplett is the only singer to win the contest at all attempts.
  • Other singers who have won the A Song For Europe contest and yet came back another time were Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson, Bryan Johnson, Lyn Paul of The New Seekers and Gina G. Bobby McVay, the lead singer of 1983 winning group Sweet Dreams had entered the contest in 1982 as the lead singer of Lovin' Feeling.
  • Terry Wogan has hosted the contest more times than any other presenter. Together with Katie Boyle and Ulrika Jonsson, he also hosted the Eurovision Song Contest itself.
  • Cilla Black hosted both the 1968 and 1973 contests when the show was a segment of her BBC1 variety series. Black was the original choice to sing the UK entry in 1968, but turned it down as she felt it unlikely the UK could score back-to-back wins. She also turned down the chance in 1970 as she was expecting her first child. Other singers who were reported to have turned down the invitation in the 1970s include Slade, Peters and Lee and, in the 1990s, Bonnie Tyler and Elaine Paige.
  • According to John Kennedy O'Connor's The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History, the selection of Clodagh Rodgers in 1971 was due in part at nervousness within the BBC as to what reception the UK entrant would receive on stage in Dublin at the Eurovision final due to the unrest in Northern Ireland at the time. Rodgers, an Ulster born artist popular in both countries seemed the obvious solution.[6]
  • When Belle & The Devotions were booed from the stage at Eurovision 1984, the BBC wanted to revert to inviting one singer to perform all the songs in the A Song For Europe contest for 1985. Lena Zavaroni was approached by the BBC. This move was blocked by the Music Publishers Association, who preferred to let the writers choose their own performers. In the end, for 1985, only soloists or duets were permitted to take part - no "made for Eurovision" acts - with songwriters limited to two entries each. This rule was only in place for one year.
  • Malcolm Roberts tried to represent the UK in 1991, having previously represented Luxembourg at Eurovision in 1985. Katrina Leskanich won Eurovision in 1997 for the UK and later attempted to represent Sweden. Nanne Gronvall represented Sweden in 1996 with the group One More Time before attempting to represent the UK in 2001. Simon Foster (aka Dan Duskey) represented Ireland in the 1982 Eurovision final as part of The Duskeys, before leading the group Palace (as Michael Palace) in the 1986 A Song For Europe contest. Ray Caruana, the lead singer of Live Report who represented the UK at Eurovision in 1989, later tried to represent Malta in the 1994 contest, but failed to win the Maltese heat.
  • From 1957 - 1960, there were various televised semi-finals ahead of the UK final for A Song For Europe. This was reintroduced in 1996, with a preliminary round of voting to eliminate 4 of the 8 songs. This was televised in 1996 but switched to radio from 1997 - 2003.
  • Convicted sex offender Jonathan King was brought in to revamp the show in 1995. It is widely known that he personally selected all the winners from 1995–1999, regardless of the viewer's voting.
  • Despite a publicly organized televote, Michael Ball, Sonia and Frances Ruffelle all chose the winning song in the years they took part, although only in the case of Michael Ball did this vary from the televoting results.
  • Songs that failed to make the UK final but still went on to be hits include Even The Bad Times Are Good. This was entered for Sandie Shaw in 1967 but went on to reach #4 for The Tremeloes, as did 1968 reject Hello World, which reached #14. Turn On The Sun was turned down for Mary Hopkin in 1970 but later became identified with Nana Mouskouri. Likewise in 1971, Something Old, Something New failed to make Clodagh Rodgers' final six but was released by The Fantastics, reaching #9. It has been rumoured that 1984 chart-topper I Should Have Known Better by Jim Diamond had failed to be short-listed for A Song for Europe as had 1986 hit Touch Me (I Want Your Body) by Samantha Fox. Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sir Tim Rice submitted a song for the 1969 contest, Try It And See, which was rejected. It was later re-written and became King Herod's Song in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Lloyd Webber returned to compose the 2009 UK entry in collaboration with Diane Warren.

References

  1. ^ http://www.eurovision.tv/page/history/year/participant-profile/?song=25653
  2. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/eurovision/news/2010/announcement_2011.shtml
  3. ^ www.chartstats.com
  4. ^ www.everyhit.com
  5. ^ http://www.songs4europe.com/14.html
  6. ^ The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History. O'Connor, John Kennedy. Carlton Books 2007 ISBN 978-1844429943

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