United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1970

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Eurovision Song Contest 1970
Country  United Kingdom
National selection
Selection process A Song For Europe
Selection date(s) 7 March 1970
Selected entrant Mary Hopkin
Selected song "Knock, Knock Who's There?"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Final result 2nd, 26 points
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1969 1970 1971►

The United Kingdom held a national preselection to choose the song that would go to the Eurovision Song Contest 1970. It was held on 7 March 1970 and presented by Cliff Richard. The votes were open to the public by post, with the results announced on 14 March, just a week before the Eurovision final itself.[1] Welsh singer Mary Hopkin had been chosen as the UK representative back in August 1969, having made her name with his such as "Those Were the Days" and "Goodbye".

"Knock, Knock Who's There?" won the national preselection and went on to come 2nd in the contest. The song was released as a single and became a hit across Europe, peaking at No.2 in the UK.[2] Belatedly, it also became a minor US hit for her in 1972.[3]

At the Eurovision final, BBC 1 broadcast the Contest with David Gell providing the television commentary, Tony Brandon provided the radio commentary on BBC Radio 1. The contest was also broadcast on British Forces Radio with commentary provided by John Russell.[1]

A Song for Europe[edit]

At the Song for Europe final, Hopkin was backed by singers John Evans and Brian Bennett, with the orchestra conducted alternately by John Cameron and Johnny Arthey. Hopkin was allowed to select one song for the contest, this being "You've Everything You Need", while the other five were selected from over 200 songs put forward by songwriters. "You've Everything You Need" caused a minor scandal on the day of the contest when the Daily Mirror reported that the publishers of that song had told all their staff to send in multiple votes. Whether votes had to be then adjusted by the BBC to avoid a scandal is unknown, but the song ended up being placed second-last.[1]

"Knock Knock Who's There" ultimately became the easy victor, a song written by Geoff Stephens and John Carter. Hopkin recorded all six entries, with the top two placed being released as a single. Of the others, only "Can I Believe" was ever released commercially.[1]


Artist Song Place Points*
Mary Hopkin "Three Ships" 3 60,330
Mary Hopkin "Early in the Morning of Your Life" 6 15,090
Mary Hopkin "I'm Gonna Fall in Love Again" 2 74,670
Mary Hopkin "You've Everything You Need" 5 39,360
Mary Hopkin "Can I Believe" 4 42,160
Mary Hopkin "Knock, Knock Who's There?" 1 120,290
The table is ordered by appearance.
*Points were only announced rounded up.

At Eurovision[edit]


Every country had a jury of ten people. Every jury member could give one point to his or her favourite song.[4]

Points Awarded to United Kingdom[edit]

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

Points Awarded by United Kingdom[4][edit]

4 points  Ireland
1 point  Netherlands


  1. ^ a b c d Roxburgh, Gordon (2014). Songs For Europe - The United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest Volume Two: The 1970's. UK: Telos Publishing. p. 27. ISBN 978-1-84583-065-6. 
  2. ^ Official UK Charts - Mary Hopkin
  3. ^ Billboard Magazine, December, 1972. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Eurovision Song Contest 1970