United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1961

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Eurovision Song Contest 1961
Country  United Kingdom
National selection
Selection process A Song For Europe
Selection date(s) 15 February 1961
Selected entrant The Allisons
Selected song "Are You Sure?"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • John Allison
  • Bob Allison
Finals performance
Final result 2nd, 25 points
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1960 1961 1962►

The United Kingdom held a national pre-selection to choose the song that would go to the 1961 Eurovision Song Contest. It was held on 15 February 1961 and presented by Katie Boyle. The songs were voted on by a total of 120 jurors aged between 19 and 40. who were divided into 12 juries of ten in the following cities: Aberdeen, Glasgow, Belfast, Leeds, Bangor, Manchester, Norwich, Birmingham, Cardiff, London, Bristol & Southampton. The Eric Robinson Orchestra supplied the music and vocal backing was provided by the Beryl Stott Singers.

The Allisons an English pop duo were chosen as to represent the UK, the song came 2nd in the contest and reached No2 in the UK singles charts selling over 1 million copies, one of the most successful UK Eurovision singles in terms of sales.


Artist(s) Song Place Points
Mark Wynter Dream Girl 4 16
Craig Douglas The Girl Next Door 7 3
Ricky Valance Why Can't We 3 24
Bryan Johnson A Place In The Country 5 6
Anne Shelton I Will Light A Candle 6 4
Steve Arlen Suddenly I'm In Love 2 30
Valerie Masters Too Late For Tears 7 3
Teresa Duffy Tommy 7 3
The Allisons Are You Sure? 1 31
The table is ordered by appearance.

"Are you Sure" won the national and went on to come 2nd in the contest.