United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1960

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Eurovision Song Contest 1960
Country United Kingdom
National selection
Selection processEurovision Song Contest British Final 1960
Selection date(s)Semi-finals
2 February 1960
4 February 1960
Final
6 February 1960
Selected entrantBryan Johnson
Selected song"Looking High, High, High"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • John Watson
Finals performance
Final result2nd, 25 points
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1959 1960 1961►

The United Kingdom participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 1960. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) organised a national final, the Eurovision Song Contest British Final 1960, to select the United Kingdom's entry for the contest. The United Kingdom was represented by the song Looking High, High, High, performed by Bryan Johnson, and placed 2nd, the United Kingdom's joint best placing in the competition at the time.

Background[edit]

Prior to the 1960 contest, the United Kingdom had participated in the contest twice: first in 1957 with the song "All" performed by Patricia Bredin, placing 7th, and most recently in 1959 with the song "Sing, Little Birdie" performed by Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson, placing 2nd.[1]

Eurovision Song Contest British Final 1960[edit]

The Eurovision Song Contest British Final 1960 was the national final organised by the BBC to select the United Kingdom's entry for the contest. The selection consisted of two semi-finals held on 2 February and 4 February 1960, and a final held on 6 February 1960. All three shows were broadcast on BBC Television presented by David Jacobs.[2]

The songs were evaluated by seven fifteen-member regional juries: the South of England, the Midlands, the North of England, Scotland, Wales, the West of England, and Northern Ireland.

Competing entries[edit]

Twelve songs were shortlisted by the BBC to compete in the selection. The selection notably featured Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson, the representatives of the United Kingdom in 1959. "When the Tide Turns" was performed by Rosemary Squires in the second semi-final, but performed by Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson in the final.

Artist Song Composer(s)
Benny Lee "Friendly Street" Colin Cleaver
Bryan Johnson "Looking High, High, High" John Watson
David Hughes & Jimmy Fraser "Mi amor" Frederick Lydiate, Harry Rabinowitz
Dennis Lotis "Love Me a Little" Howard Barnes, Cliff Adams
Don Lang "As the Big Dipper Dipped" Ken Hare
Lita Roza "Unexpectedly" Susan Morrel
Malcolm Vaughan "Each Tomorrow" Chris Charles, Ronald Bridges
Marion Keene "Love, Kisses and Heartaches" David Green, Susan Morrel
Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson "Pickin' Petals" Stan Butcher, Syd Cordell
Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson "When the Tide Turns" David West, Manioli Di Veroli
Ronnie Carroll "Girl With a Curl" Donald Phillips
Rosemary Squires "When the Tide Turns" David West, Manioli Di Veroli
Vince Eager "Teenage Tears" Ronald Bridges

Semi-final 1[edit]

The first semi-final was held on 2 February 1960 at 21:15 GMT. Six songs were performed, and the highlighted songs qualified for the final.

Draw Artist Song
01 Don Lang "As the Big Dipper Dipped"
02 Benny Lee "Friendly Street"
03 Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson "Pickin' Petals"
04 Malcolm Vaughan "Each Tomorrow"
05 Lita Roza "Unexpectedly"
06 David Hughes & Jimmy Frazer "Mi amor"

Semi-final 2[edit]

The second semi-final was held on 4 February 1960 at 21:20 GMT. Six songs were performed and the top four advanced to the final, due to there being a tie for first place. The highlighted songs qualified for the final.

Draw Artist Song
01 Vince Eager "Teenage Tears"
02 Marion Keene "Love, Kisses and Heartaches"
03 Rosemary Squires "When the Tide Turns"
04 Ronnie Carroll "Girl With a Curl"
05 Dennis Lotis "Love Me a Little"
06 Bryan Johnson "Looking High, High, High"

Final[edit]

The final was held on 6 February 1960 at 21:30 GMT in the BBC TV Theatre in London. Seven songs were performed and "Looking High, High, High" was declared the winner.

Draw Artist Song Place
01 Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson "When the Tide Turns"
02 Ronnie Carroll "Girl With a Curl"
03 Malcolm Vaughan "Each Tomorrow" 3
04 David Hughes & Jimmy Frazer "Mi amor" 2
05 Lita Roza "Unexpectedly"
06 Bryan Johnson "Looking High, High, High" 1
07 Dennis Lotis "Love Me a Little"

At Eurovision[edit]

On the night of the contest, "Looking High, High, High" was performed first, preceding the entry from Sweden. At the close of the voting, the United Kingdom had received 25 points, placing 2nd in a field of 13 entries.

Voting[edit]

Each country had a jury of ten people. Each juror awarded one point to their favourite song.

Points awarded to the United Kingdom[edit]

Points awarded to the United Kingdom[3]
10 points 9 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by the United Kingdom[edit]

Points awarded by the United Kingdom[3]
10 points
9 points
8 points
7 points
6 points
5 points  France
4 points
3 points
2 points  Austria
1 point  Denmark
 Monaco
 Norway

References[edit]

  1. ^ "United Kingdom - Eurovision Song Contest". eurovision.tv. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest of 1960: British Final". songs4europe.com. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Results of the Final of London 1960 - Eurovision Song Contest". eurovision.tv. Retrieved 25 May 2019.