Talk:United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1989

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Erroneously linked performers[edit]

It seemed a safe assumption that the Jane Alexander who bid for Eurovision in 1989 wasn't the actress Oscar-nominated for The Great White Hope almost twenty years earlier: however I did check the Youtube clip of Ms Alexander performing at A Song For Europe 1989 & she is obviously neither the American actress linked to, nor for that matter the British actress of that name who has her own Wikipedia article. Ditto Courtney Love's mother, but I did check the Youtube clip of Linda Carroll singing Heaven Help My Heart - not the song linked to on this page BTW - to verify. I think there's a good chance the Linda Carroll from the 1989 Song For Europe is the same Linda Carroll who briefly fronted Middle of the Road but I can't find any corroboration so I'm not even thinking of linking to that band's Wikipedia article. --Cherrylimerickey (talk) 23:20, 23 January 2016 (UTC)

Review text[edit]

I have replaced the following text with the results table as this reads like a review. However, I'll put it here if somebody would like to re-write it in a more neutral tone:


First on stage was Frankie Johnson with "Back in the Groove". The song was very much in the style of the Stock-Aitken-Waterman hits of the day—uptempo and commercial. The performance was a little breathless at times.

James Oliver made his third appearance in the contest and for the second time suffered from microphone failure. "Can't Stop Loving You" was a sad romantic ballad.

"Shame" was a mid-tempo offering from Jane Alexander and arguably of a higher standard than usually heard in the UK final. The song would later be covered by Elkie Brooks, her version being even slower than Jane's.

Danny Ellis had a strong songwriting team behind his entry, namely Les Reed and David Reilly. However, the ballad "Just for the Good Times" was shunned by the televoting public.

The most identifiable Eurovision song of the night was "You Stepped Out Of My Dreams", an uptempo, repetitive entry from Julie C.

Perhaps the most powerful performer of the night was Ray Caruana, lead singer of Live Report. "Why Do I Always Get It Wrong" was a romantic ballad with a memorable chorus. There was speculation regarding the identity of the female vocalist in the dark glasses. It wasn't Annie Lennox, as some had suggested, but Maggie Jay.

Four girls called The Pearls sang a Motown number called "Love Come Down", written by Pauline Moore and Joe Ortiz of Heaven on Earth. Band members were dressed in black and wore pearls. The song achieved fourth place for the UK entry to the Eurovision.

Linda Carroll made a second consecutive appearance in the contest, with the plaintive "Heaven Help My Heart". Despite a powerful performance, Linda would finish down the field. --Tuzapicabit (talk) 12:24, 2 June 2012 (UTC)

While I didn't want to take responsibility for integrating the above passage into the article I have removed the pipelinks to identically named but unconnected singers and songs to avoid confusion for future editors.--Cherrylimerickey (talk) 00:55, 26 January 2016 (UTC)