United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1982

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Eurovision Song Contest 1982
Country United Kingdom
National selection
Selection processA Song For Europe
Selection date(s)24 March 1982
Selected entrantBardo
Selected song"One Step Further"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • Simon Jeffries
Finals performance
Final result7th, 76 points
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1981 1982 1983►

The United Kingdom was represented in the Eurovision Song Contest 1982 by Bardo with the song "One Step Further". It was chosen as the British entry through the A Song for Europe national selection process and placed seventh at Eurovision, receiving 76 points.

A Song for Europe 1982[edit]

The television show A Song for Europe was used once again to select the British entry, as it had since the United Kingdom's debut at the Contest in 1957. Terry Wogan once again hosted the contest, which was held on 24 March in Studio 1 of Television Centre, London. Eight songs were shortlisted from those submitted to the Music Publishers Association. Bucks Fizz were guests at the show, singing their current single My Camera Never Lies in a pre-recorded performance. The group were interviewed by Terry Wogan live during the show and group member Bobby G performed backing vocals for the winning artists, Bardo. The BBC Concert Orchestra under the direction of Ronnie Hazlehurst as conductor accompanied all the songs, but despite performing live, the orchestra were off-screen, behind the set. The set itself was partially recycled for the Doctor Who adventure Snakedance, broadcast almost a year later.

Draw Song Composer Artist Points Place
01 "Dancing in Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop)" Brian Fairweather & Martin Page Q-Feel 59 6th
02 "No Matter How I Try" Paul Curtis Paul Curtis 60 =4th
03 "Every Step of the Way" David Mindel The Touring Company 69 =2nd
04 "Different Worlds and Different People" Tony Hiller & Paul Curtis Lovin' Feeling 60 =4th
05 "Every Day of My Life" David Mindel & Patrick Burston Good Looks 69 =2nd
06 "You're the Only Good Thing in My Life" Elaine Saffer & John Carrington Rich Gypsy 53 8th
07 "One Step Further" Simon Jeffries Bardo 76 1st
08 "How Long" Paul Curtis & Graham Sacher The Weltons 58 7th

Paul Curtis planned to perform two of his three entries himself and recorded the two tracks for his forthcoming album. 'Different Worlds, Different People' was to be performed by Curtis with a backing trio, but he opted not to sing the song himself due to the running order and Bobby McVey sang the song in the competition with Samantha Spencer Lane and two other singers under the group name 'Lovin' Feeling'. McVey returned to win the contest the following year as a member of Sweet Dreams. Curtis returned on several more occasions as a song writer, winning the contest in 1984, 1990 and 1991. Curtis' third song was performed by family group 'The Weltons' who were the only act taking part in the 1982 final that had any prior performing or recording experience, having released several singles, including Down At Shorty's Place, Hang 10, Hang10 and Sweet Rock 'n' Roller, although none of them had reached the UK singles chart, but they had been promoted on German television and radio[1][2][3]. The quartet 'Good Looks' featured Lewis and Lavinia Rodgers, the brother and sister of former UK Eurovision entrant Clodagh Rodgers. Although formed for the competition to sing Dave Mindel's Every Day of My Life, the group stayed together and recorded the closing theme song for Jim'll Fix It, also composed by Mindel. On one edition of that show, the group performed the song with a viewer who'd asked Jim to fix it for him to sing the song.

Bardo's victory meant that Sally-Ann Triplett became only the third singer to win the 'Song for Europe' contest twice, having already won the 1980 contest as part of Prima Donna. (Cliff Richard had represented the UK twice in Eurovision, but did not participate in a contest to determine the British artist).

The regional juries voted internally and awarded 15 points to their favourite song, 12 points to the second, 10 points to the third and then 9, 8, 7, 6 and 5 points in order of preference for the songs from 4th to 8th. The juries were based in Glasgow, Birmingham, Bristol, Belfast, London, Manchester and Cardiff.[4]

At Eurovision[edit]

Since Bucks Fizz won the Contest in 1981, the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest was held in Harrogate and presented by Jan Leeming. The United Kingdom entered Bardo with "One Step Further", but it only gained 76 points and was positioned seventh over all, despite being in the top three for most of the point awarding. The winner of the Contest was Germany with Nicole's "Ein bißchen Frieden".

Points awarded to the United Kingdom
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points awarded by the United Kingdom
12 points   Switzerland
10 points  Austria
8 points  Germany
7 points  Ireland
6 points  Luxembourg
5 points  Sweden
4 points  Portugal
3 points  Cyprus
2 points  Belgium
1 point  Israel

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