United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1990
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|Eurovision Song Contest 1990|
|Selection process||A Song For Europe|
|Selection date(s)||30 March 1990|
|Selected song||"Give a Little Love Back to the World"|
|Final result||6th, 87 points|
|United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest|
The final selection of the entry for the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1990 was made by popular vote from a choice of eight songs.
The 1990 edition of A Song for Europe was held in London on 30 March. Terry Wogan presided over the eight finalists and a panel of 'experts' was assembled to comment on each of the entries. The panel was composed of Gloria Hunniford, Tim Rice, Cathy McGowan and Gary Davies.
Composer Paul Curtis, a familiar contest figure between 1975 and 1986, returned to the national final with "Give a Little Love Back to the World". The performer of this anthemic number was 15-year-old Emma from Bridgend.
|01||Kelly||"Better Be Good To Me"||6||13,179|
|02||Stephen Lee Garden||"That Old Feeling Again"||5||14,447|
|03||Thom Hardwell||"Never Give Up"||8||3,540|
|04||Emma||"Give A Little Love Back To The World"||1||97,625|
|05||Les McKeown||"Ball And Chain"||4||15,171|
|06||Simon Spiro||"Face In The Crowd"||7||5,551|
|07||Kim Goody||"Sentimental Again"||3||17,996|
|08||John Miles||"Where I Belong"||2||38,966|
As in the last two years, a national telephone vote decided the outcome of the contest. Emma (Booth) from Bridgend, South Wales, won with a runaway phone poll of 97,625 calls over 1970s hitmaker John Miles, who polled 38,966.
The final was held in Zagreb, Yugoslavia on 5 May. Emma was supported by several backing singers including Miriam Stockley and Sam Blue. Sam would later sing at UK final 1991 with "The Life you don't yet know" by Nick Spindler and Peter Thompson. Despite being one of the favourites to win, "Give a Little Love Back to the World" only received 87 points and 6th place.