333 songs were originally submitted to the Music Publisher's Association, with 8 songs chosen. Song writers could only submit a maximum of four songs to the MPA, but the identity of the writers was not disclosed to the MPA judges. Another rule stated that no groups (more than 2 performers) were allowed, possibly due to the poor achievement of the previous trio of groups that represented the UK. The songs were selected by around 90 people, DJs, producers and publishers.
Notable songwriters and performers included Paul Curtis who had had entries in the Eurovision final as well as a large number of previous entries in the Song for Europe. 1970s glam rock singer Alvin Stardust (who had recently enjoyed a comeback in the charts) appeared as a performer as did Fiona Kennedy who was at the time a presenter of TV's Record Breakers.