United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1977

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Eurovision Song Contest 1977
Country  United Kingdom
National selection
Selection process A Song for Europe
Selection date(s) 9 March 1977
Selected entrant Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran
Selected song "Rock Bottom"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • Lynsey de Paul
  • Mike Moran
Finals performance
Final result 2nd, 121 points
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1976 1977 1978►

Playing host to the Eurovision Song Contest 1977, the United Kingdom was expected to, and did, send an entry to the Contest, which was held in Wembley, London.

The national final to select the entry, A Song for Europe 1977, was held on 9 March 1977 at the New London Theatre and presented by Terry Wogan. A national strike prevented the entries from seeing the light of day on television, but A Song for Europe was aired on BBC Radio 2.

The song says that when people are in a bad situation they should work to solve problems and not be pessimistic about tragedies. Apparently it represents the situation at the time; Eurovision 1977 was almost canceled due to budget restrictions.

It was performed last and came in 2nd place.

Pete Murray provided the television commentary on BBC 1 and Terry Wogan provided the radio commentary on BBC Radio 2, this would be Wogan's final time he provided the contests commentary for radio, the following year he began regularly presenting the television coverage. The UK spokesperson was Colin Berry, who would present the UK results for a further 25 editions.

Results[edit]

Fourteen regional juries voted on the songs: Bristol, Bangor, Leeds, Norwich, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Birmingham, Manchester, Belfast, Cardiff, Plymouth, Glasgow, Southampton and London.

Artist Song Place Points
Mary Mason What do you say to Love 2 132
The Foundations Where were you when I Needed your Love 3 126
Tony Monopoly Leave a Little Love 9 66
Lyn Paul If Everybody Loved the Same as you 6 74
High Society (band) Just for you 6 74
Carl Wayne A Little Give, a Little Take 11 59
Lynsey de Paul & Mike Moran Rock Bottom 1 143
Sweet Sensation You're my Sweet Sensation 8 73
Val Stokes Swings and Roundabouts 12 57
Beano Everybody Knows 10 60
Wesley, Park & Smith After all this Time 5 106
Rags Promises, Promises 4 120
The table is ordered by appearance.

"Rock Bottom" won the national and came 2nd in the contest.