One Step Further
|"One Step Further"|
|Single by Bardo|
|B-side||"Lady of the Night"|
|Released||2 April 1982|
Bardo were chosen to perform at the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest in Harrogate by winning the UK national final, A Song for Europe. On the day of the main contest, bookmakers Ladbrokes rated the song as the favourite to win at odds of 5-2. Commentator, Terry Wogan also thought the song would be the "outright winner". DJ and well-known Eurovision fan, John Peel stated in an interview that "One Step Further" was his favourite Eurovision song of all time.
At Harrogate, the song was performed fourth on the night. At the end of judging that evening, "One Step Further" finished in seventh place with 76 points. Luxembourg and Austria both awarded Bardo the maximum 12 points that night.
At the night of the Contest itself, the orchestra played the tune in a retro style. The single version and subsequent live versions used many electronic musical instruments popular in the early 1980s and had more of a contemporary feel than many Eurovision entries. Despite containing a grammatical error ("I could have tooken one step further"), the BBC did not request that 'proper' English was performed at the contest as they had with previous examples of bad grammar in UK entries.
After Eurovision, the song reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart. No further UK Eurovision entries would chart so highly until 1996. The song was the 75th best-selling single of 1982 in the UK, achieving a Silver disc for sales of over 250,000.
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