United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1985

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Eurovision Song Contest 1985
Country  United Kingdom
National selection
Selection process A Song For Europe
Selection date(s) 9 April 1985
Selected entrant Vikki
Selected song "Love Is"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Final result 4th, 100 points
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1984 1985 1986►

The 1985 edition of A Song for Europe was held at the BBC Television Centre on 9 April, hosted by a suited Terry Wogan. The theme music (as it has been in previous years) was Te Deum. There was an orchestra used to perform the songs, again this was off screen, with conductor John Coleman.

A Song for Europe[edit]

333 songs were originally submitted to the Music Publisher's Association, with 8 songs chosen. Song writers could only submit a maximum of two songs to the MPA, but the identity of the writers was not disclosed to the MPA judges. Due to the poor reception of the UK entry in the previous year's Eurovision Song Contest, the BBC approached both Bonnie Tyler and Lena Zavaroni to represent the UK and perform all the shortlisted songs in the UK heat. Tyler was unavailable and the MPA rebuffed the BBC's concept, wanting the composers and authors the option of choosing their own performers. A compromise rule was introduced, stating that no groups (more than 2 performers) were allowed to take part, however this rule was only in place for this one year. The songs were selected by around 90 people, DJs, producers and publishers.

The show opened with a group of dancers, dancing to old Eurovision songs: "Making Your Mind Up", "Waterloo", "Puppet on a String", "Save Your Kisses for Me", "Boom Bang-a-Bang" and "Congratulations". The artistes were introduced on stage with captions on screen, followed by presenter Terry Wogan. The songs had been first previewed in the previous week on the Wogan TV show.

Notable songwriters and performers included Paul Curtis who had had entries in the Eurovision final as well as a large number of previous entries in the Song for Europe. 1970s glam rock singer Alvin Stardust (who had recently enjoyed a comeback in the charts) appeared as a performer as did Fiona Kennedy who was at the time a presenter of TV's Record Breakers.[1][2]

Draw Song Composer Artist Points Place
01 "Love Is" Jimmy Kaleth & Vikki Watson Vikki 124 1st
02 "I'm Crying" Jonathan Cregg Peter Beckett 59 =7th
03 "The Clock On The Wall" Peter Vale & Mike Leeson Alvin Stardust 90 3rd
04 "What We Say With Our Eyes" James Oliver James Oliver 66 6th
05 "Energy" Clive Scott & Des Dyer Des Dyer 77 4th
06 "Let Me Love You One More Time" Paul Curtis & Graham Sacher Annabel 72 5th
07 "Dancing In The Night" Paul Curtis & Graham Sacher Kerri Wells 101 2nd
08 "So Do I" Mike Redway Mike Redway & Fiona Kennedy 59 =7th

[3] Annabel is Annabel Layton who was one of the girls in Unity at 1981 Song for Europe

At Eurovision[edit]

The UK entered Vikki and "Love is" in the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in fourth place, gaining 100 points overall. Norway's Bobbysocks! won with "La det swinge".

The final was broadcast on BBC 1 with Terry Wogan providing the commentary, Wogan actually commentated from BBC TV Centre in London as he was suffering from flu and was unable to fly to Gothenburg. BBC Radio 2 again decided not to broadcast the contest, but the contest was broadcast on British Forces Radio with commentary provided by Richard Nankivell. Colin Berry served as spokesperson for the UK jury.

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