United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1986

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Eurovision Song Contest 1986
Country  United Kingdom
National selection
Selection process A Song for Europe
Selection date(s) 2 April 1986
Selected entrant Ryder
Selected song "Runner in the Night"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Final result 7th, 72 points
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1985 1986 1987►

The United Kingdom participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 1986, held in Bergen, Norway.

The British national final to select their entry, A Song for Europe 1986, was held on 2 April at the BBC Television Centre in London, and was hosted by Terry Wogan. The show was opened by 1985's Eurovision winners, Bobbysocks, who sang "Let it Swing," the English-language version of their winning song "La det swinge." The duo was going to sing their brand new single "Waiting for the Morning" too, but the producers finally decided to cancel that part of the plan.

The winning song was decided by the votes of eleven regional juries across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The scoreboard was incorrectly adjusted during the broadcast and the final tallies shown on screen did not correspond with the scores announced on air.

The winning entry was "Runner in the Night," performed by the sextet Ryder, composed by Brian Wade, with lyrics written by Maureen Darbyshire.

National final[edit]

Results of national final[edit]

Draw Artist Song Points Place
01 Vanity Fare Dreamer 99 3rd
02 Palace Dancing with You Again 91 5th
03 Colin Heywood No Easy Way to Love 80 6th
04 Chad Brown I'm Sorry 78 7th
05 Kenny Charles Tongue-Tied 93 4th
06 Ryder Runner in the Night 145 1st
07 Jump Don't Hang Up On Love 137 2nd
08 Future War of the Roses 76 8th

At Eurovision[edit]

Ryder performed fifth on the night of the Contest, following Norway and preceding Iceland. At the close of the voting the song had received 72 points, placing 7th in a field of 20 competing countries.

Terry Wogan once again provided the television commentary on BBC 1. BBC Radio 2 also returned broadcasting the contest, with commentary provided by Ray Moore. Colin Berry served as spokesperson for the UK Jury.

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