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 Television Centre, London on 30 March in Studio 1. The BBC Concert Orchestra under the direction of Alyn Ainsworth as conductor accompanied all the songs, but despite performing live, the orchestra were off-screen, behind the set. 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.
The eight songs in contention to represent the UK were presented during Terry Wogan's Wogan chat show on BBC1. Two songs were presented during each of four broadcasts between 21 and 28 March. The songs were also featured in various programmes on BBC Radio 2.
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"||John Springate||6||13,179|
|02||Stephen Lee Garden||"That Old Feeling Again"||Mike Moran||5||14,447|
|03||Thom Hardwell||"Never Give Up"||Thom Hardwell||8||3,540|
|04||Emma||"Give a Little Love Back to the World"||Paul Curtis||1||97,625|
|05||Les McKeown||"Ball And Chain"||Johnny Griggs, Danny McIntosh||4||15,171|
|06||Simon Spiro||"Face In The Crowd"||David Reilly||7||5,551|
|07||Kim Goody||"Sentimental Again"||Mo Foster, Kim Goody||3||17,996|
|08||John Miles||"Where I Belong"||John Miles, Michael Scanlon-Pratt||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.
Points awarded by the United Kingdom
|12 points||10 points||8 points||7 points||6 points|
|5 points||4 points||3 points||2 points||1 point|