United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1957

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Eurovision Song Contest 1957
Country United Kingdom
National selection
Selection processA Song For Europe
Selection date(s)Semi-finals
22 January 1957
29 January 1957
5 February 1957
12 February 1957
Selected entrantPatricia Bredin
Selected song"All"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • Reynell Wreford
  • Alan Stranks
Finals performance
Final result7th, 6 points
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
1957 1959►

The United Kingdom took part in the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 1957. The country was represented by Patricia Bredin with the song "All" written by Reynell Wreford and Alan Stranks. The entry was chosen during a national final called A Song for Europe. The United Kingdom actually wanted to take part in the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956[according to whom?], but was disqualified because the entries were submitted too late.[citation needed]

A Song for Europe 1957[edit]

A Song for Europe 1957
A song for Europe.jpg
Final12 February 1957
Semi-finals22 January
29 January
12 February
PresenterDavid Jacobs
VenueBBC studios, London
VotingA jury selected the winning song. The performer was chosen internally.
Number of contestants7 (1st semi final)
7 (2nd semi final)
5 (3rd semi final)
11 (final)

The national final was held over four stages - three semi finals and a grand final. All shows were presented by David Jacobs, who would host many other British national finals the following years. Seven singers presented one song each in the first two semi finals, in the third semi final, five songs took part. Most of the song titles in the heats got lost and so did the results. The tables below contain the information that is still known. Two songs in each heat went forward to the national final, where every song was presented twice by two different artists and with a different arrangement. Except of the song "Once", the first performance was by the singer who performed it in the semi final, the second performance was with one exception by artists who had not taken part in the heats. At the end of the show, a jury voted for the best song, which was "All". After the show, the BBC has internally chosen Patricia Bredin to perform the song in Frankfurt.


First semi final[edit]

# Singer Song
1 Lita Roza The Way It Goes Q
2 Denis Lotis Seven Q
3 Marian Ryan ? -
4 John Hanson ? -
5 Janie Marden ? -
6 The Keynotes ? -
7 Bill McGuffie Quartet ? -

Second semi final[edit]

# Singer Song
1 Jill Day ? -
2 Ronnie Hilton For Your Love Q
3 Edna Savage ? -
4 Bryan Johnson ? -
5 Lorrae Desmond ? -
6 Frank Horrox ? -
7 Frank Weir Quartet Once Q

Third semi final[edit]

# Singer Song
1 Carole Carr ? -
2 Shirley Eaton ? -
3 Bill Maynard ? -
4 The Keynotes Don't Cry Little Doll Q
5 Malcolm Lockyer Quartet All (Reynell Wreford/Alan Stranks) Q


# First singer Second singer Song
Pts Place
1 The Keynotes Bill Maynard Don't Cry Little Doll 14 4th
2 Pauline Shepherd Carole Carr Once 23 2nd
3 Denis Lotis The Keynotes Seven 13 5th
4 Malcolm Lockyer Quartet Patricia Bredin All (Reynell Wreford/Alan Stranks) 39 1st
5 Ronnie Hilton Alan Bristow For Your Love 13 5th
6 Lita Roza Stan Roderick The Way It Goes 18 3rd

Commercial success[edit]

Patricia Bredin has never recorded the song[1] and it was therefore also never released as a single. Neither reached any of the songs the UK single charts despite the popularity of some of the contestants.

At Eurovision[edit]

At the Eurovision Song Contest, Patricia Bredin delivered an operatic performance of "All", performing third that night following Luxembourg with "Amours mortes (tant de peine)" and preceding Italy with "Corde della mia chitarra". At the close of voting, the United Kingdom had received six points and finished seventh among the ten countries. However, the United Kingdom had received points from five of the nine other countries, which means more than half of them. It would take the United Kingdom until 1978 not to finish in the first half of the scoreboard again.


Every country had a jury of ten people. Every jury member could give one point to his or her favourite song.