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chart from the game vote for the best eurovision song.

United Kingdom
United Kingdomimages

Capital city London
Population 60,587,000
Area 244,820 km²
Internet TLD uk
Member station BBC
National selection events Eurovision: Your Country Needs You (1957, 1959–2010)
Internal Selection (2011–Present)
Appearances
Appearances 55
First appearance 1957
Best result 1st: 1967,1969,1976,1981,1997
Worst result Last: 2003,2008,2010

History
The United Kingdom is one of the most successful countries to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest. They first participated in the second contest in 1957. The BBC had wanted to take part in the first contest in 1956, but had submitted their entry to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) after the deadline had passed. The UK has entered every year since 1959, and has won the contest a total of five times. Along with Sweden, the UK is one of only two countries with Eurovision victories in four different decades. Furthermore, the UK has finished as runner-up on a record fifteen occasions.
Up to and including 1998, the UK had only twice finished outside the top 10 (in 1978 and 1987). Since 1999, the year in which the rule was abandoned that songs must be performed in one of the official languages of the country participating, the UK has had less success, only finishing within the top ten twice. Jessica Garlick in 2002 and Jade Ewen in 2009.
The United Kingdom has finished last in three contests. The infamous 2003 “nul points” result was the first time that the country had come last in the contest, something that was then repeated in 2008 and 2010.
The United Kingdom has also made 54 appearances in the contest since its debut in 1957, missing only 2 (1956 and 1958). This record is bettered only by Germany which has a record number of appearances, 55 in total, missing only one contest in 1996. The United Kingdom also holds the record for the most consecutive entries by entering every contest since 1959 making 52 consecutive entries to date.

1957


The United Kingdom took part in the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 1957. The country was represented by Patricia Bredin with the song “All” written by Reynell Wreford and Alan Stranks. The entry was chosen during a national final called A song for Europe. The United Kingdom actually wanted to take part in the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, but was disqualified because the entries were submitted too late.
Patricia Bredin has never recorded the song and it was therefore also never released as a single. Neither reached any of the songs the UK single charts despite the popularity of some of the contestants.At the Eurovision Song Contest, Patricia Bredin delivered an operatic performance of “All”, which is still the shortest entry ever in the Eurovision Song Contest having lasted about two minutes. At the close of voting, the United Kingdom had received six points and finished seventh among the ten countries. However, the United Kingdom had received points from five of the nine other countries, which means more than half of them.

lyrics

All
All the golden dreams of yesterday
All the fragrance of a bygone May
All the words two hearts in love can say
All you’ll ever mean to me, my darling

All we’ve shared throughout the passing years
All the laughter, all the sighs, the tears
All the joy of living, loving and forgiving
These are all to me

All the laughter, all the sighs, the tears
All the joy of living, loving and forgiving
These are all to me

1959


The United Kingdom held a national preliminary round to choose the song that would go to the Eurovision Song Contest 1959. The semi-finals were held on February 2 and February 5, 1959 and the final was held on February 7, 1959. All were presented by Pete Murray.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sing,_Little_Birdie

lyrics
Sing little birdie
Sing, sing, sing, little birdie
Sing, sing, sing it

There’s a bird on a branch
There’s a branch on a tree
There’s a tree in the meadow
And that’s where I long to be

‘Neath that bird on a branch
‘Neath that branch on a tree
‘Neath that tree in the meadow
Where you said you love me

Sing, little birdie, sing your song
Sing, you’ll help our love along
Sing, little birdie up above
Sing a song of love

There’s a bird on a branch
There’s a branch on a tree
Where we carved our initials there
For all the world to see

‘Neath that bird on a branch
‘Neath that branch on a tree
Where we promised our true love
For all eternity

Sing, little birdie, sing your song
Sing, you’ll help our love along
Sing, little birdie up above
Sing a song of love

When the years pass on by
And we’re wed, you and I
And the bluebirds are singing
Their sweet love songs in the sky

We will dream of that bird
On a branch, on a tree
And that tree in the meadow
Where you said you love me

Sing, little birdie, sing your song
Sing, you’ll help our love along
Sing, little birdie up above
Sing a song of love

Sing, little birdie, sing your song
Sing, you’ll help our love along
Sing, little birdie up above
Sing a song of love

1960


The United Kingdom held a national preselection to choose the song that would go to the Eurovision Song Contest 1960. The semi-finals were held on 2 February and 4 February 1960 and the final was held on 6 February 1960. All were presented by David Jacobs.”Looking High, High, High” won the national final and went on to come 2nd in the Contest.

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Looking high, high, high
I once had a love and oh…
I loved her very dearly
She told me she loved me so
I thought she spoke sincerely

But one day, away
I found that she had flown
And off to find that love of mine
I set alone

Looking high… high… high
Looking low… low… low
Wondering why… why… why
Did she go… go… go?
For if I… I… I don’t find my love, I know
I shall die… die… die ’cause I love her so

I journeyed across the sea
I sought her with devotion
Oh, where she could really be?
I’ve not the slightest notion
But so bright the light of love within me shone
I knew full well, what e’er befell, I must go on

Looking high… high… high
Looking low… low… low
Wondering why… why… why
Did she go… go… go
For if I… I… I don’t find my love, I know
I shall die… die… die ’cause I love her so

Due east over desert sands
Due west where grass is greener
I asked in a dozen lands
But none had ever seen her
It was clear, I fear, my quest was all in vain
So I departed, sad at heart, for home again

Looking high… high… high
Looking low… low… low
Wondering why… why… why
Did she go… go… go?
For if I… I… I don’t find my love, I know
I shall die… die… die ’cause I love her so

But when I arrived, all brown
And tanned by wind and weather
You sure could have knocked me down
With the proverbial feather
She stood there, so fair
And sweetly she confessed
That she’d been wrong
And all along she’d loved me best

I’d looked high… high… high
I’d looked low… low… low
Wondering why… why… why
Did she go… go… go?
Now that I… I… I have found my love, I know
‘Til I die… die… die, I will love her so

(Looking high… high… high)
(Looking low… low… low)
(Wondering why… why… why)
(Did she go… go… go?)
For if I… I… I don’t find my love, I know
I shall die… die… die ’cause I love her so
(Looking high… high… high)

1961


The Allisons were an English pop duo consisting of:
Bob Day (born Bernard Colin Day, 2 February 1941, Trowbridge, Wiltshire)
John Alford (born Brian Henry John Alford, 31 December 1939, London)
They were marketed as being brothers, using the same surname of Allison.The Allisons represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1961 with the song “Are You Sure?”. They came in second place with 24 points.
However, the chart compiled by The Official Charts Company shows the song spent six weeks at number 2 and a further three weeks in the top 4.”Are You Sure” sold over one million records, earning a gold disc. In Germany the single reached number 11.Despite a couple of minor follow-up hits, the duo disbanded in 1963.

lyrics
Are you sure?
Goodbye (goodbye)
Farewell (farewell)
I’m not sure what to do
So long (so long)
Au revoir (au revoir)
It’s hard, but I’ll pull through

Are you sure you won’t be sorry?
Comes tomorrow, you won’t want me
Back again to hold you tightly?

Now are you sure
It’s not your foolish heart?
That you won’t grieve
If we’re to be apart?

You will see, as time goes by
We’ll grow lonely – you and I
Dreaming of each other and we’ll cry

Goodbye (goodbye)
Farewell (farewell)
I’m not sure what to do
So long (so long)
Au revoir (au revoir)
It’s hard, but I’ll pull through

Are you sure you won’t be sorry?
Comes tomorrow, you won’t want me
Back again to hold you tightly?

Just stop and think
It’s your decision now
For you’re the one
Who went and broke the vow

You’ll be sorry, wait and see
Spend your life in misery
Wishing that you had returned to me

Goodbye (goodbye)
Farewell (farewell)
What is there to live for?
Before you go
Just think now, are you sure?

Are you sure you won’t be sorry?
Comes tomorrow, you won’t want me
Back again to hold you tightly in my arms?

1962


The United Kingdom held a national preselection to choose the song that would go to the Eurovision Song Contest 1962. It was held on February 11, 1962 and presented by David Jacobs.”Ring-a-ding Girl” won the national and went on to come 4th in the contest.

lyrics
Ring-a-ding girl
(Ring-a-ding-a-ding, ding-ding)
(Ring-a-ding-a-ding, ding-ding)

I was strollin’ through the park one evenin’
When a strange feelin’ came over me
A vision of loveliness came in view
It was love, it was plain to see

Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding, ding-ding
All the bells were ringin’
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding, ding-ding
All the world was singin’
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding, ding-ding
She’s got me in a whirl
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding, ding-ding
She’s my ring-a-ding girl
(Ring-a-ding-a-ding, ding-ding)
(Ring-a-ding-a-ding, ding-ding)

Very shortly, we were dating steady
I asked her if her love was true
She gave me the answer with her lips
Every time that we kissed, I knew

Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding, ding-ding
All the bells were ringin’
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding, ding-ding
All the world was singin’
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding, ding-ding
She’s got me in a whirl
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding, ding-ding
She’s my ring-a-ding girl
(Ring-a-ding-a-ding, ding-ding)
(Ring-a-ding-a-ding, ding-ding)

I have waited patiently, my darlin’
When can we fix the date and the time?
She answer so softly and tenderly:
“I can’t wait till the day you’re mine”

Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding, ding-ding
All the bells were ringin’
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding, ding-ding
All the world was singin’
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding, ding-ding
She’s got me in a whirl
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding, ding-ding
She’s my ring-a-ding girl
(Ring-a-ding-a-ding, ding-ding)
(Ring-a-ding-a-ding, ding-ding)

We were married and the bells were ringin’
It’s a day that I’ll never forget
I had that strange feelin’ once again
Just the same as the day we met

Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding, ding-ding
All the bells were ringin’
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding, ding-ding
All the world was singin’
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding, ding-ding
She’s got me in a whirl
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding, ding-ding
She’s my ring-a-ding girl

1963


The United Kingdom held a national preselection to choose the song that would go to the Eurovision Song Contest 1963. It was held on February 24, 1963 and presented by David Jacobs.”Say Wonderful Things” won the national and went on to come 4th in the contest.

lyrics
Say wonderful things
Say wonderful things to me
I think you’re wonderful too
Say wonderful things to me
Especially ‘I love you’ (I love you)

They say I was living before we met
All of my yesterdays I forget
Now you are the one that I’m living for
And each day I love you more

So you must say wonderful things to me
I think you’re wonderful too
Say wonderful things to me
Especially ‘I love you’ (I love you)

The more that I see you, the more it seems
People should always believe in dreams
Now all of my dreams I’m dreaming of you
And someday they’ll all come true

So you must say wonderful things to me
I think you’re wonderful too
Say wonderful things to me
Especially ‘I love you’ (I love you)

I’ll never hurt you or make you cry
Love will grow stronger as years go by
Forever you’ll be the one girl for me
I’ll love you until I die

So you must say wonderful things to me
I think you’re wonderful too
Say wonderful things to me
Especially ‘I love you’
(Say wonderful things)

1964


“I Love the Little Things” was the British entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1964, performed in English by Matt Monro. The song was written by Tony Hatch. At the close of voting, it had received 17 points, placing 2nd in a field of 16.

lyrics
I love the little things
Oh… I love the little things you say
And I love the little things you do
Let’s stay forever together this way
My love, I’m so in love with you

When you whisper ‘I love you’
And tell me that you’re true
I know I’m so lucky
That I’ve found a girl like you

Oh… I love the little things you say
And I love the little things you do
Let’s stay forever together this way
My love, I’m so in love with you

When we’re walking together
You slip your hand in mine
I know I’m so lucky
That I’ve found a girl so fine

I love the little things you say
And I love the little things you do
Let’s stay forever together this way
My love, I’m so in love with you

When you touch me and hold me
And kiss me tenderly
I know I’m so lucky
That you came along for me

I love the little things you say
And I love the little things you do
Let’s stay forever together this way
My love, I’m so in love with you
My love, I’m so in love with you

1965


“I Belong” was the United Kingdom’ entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1965 held in Naples at March 21, 1965.Performed in English by Kathy Kirby, the song is sung from the perspective of a woman who express your love by someone, she has loved for the first time in her life. By the close of voting, it had received 26 points, placing it 2nd in a field of 18. Kathy Kirby also recorded a version of the song in Italian

lyrics
I belong
I belong, I belong, I belong

Since half my life, my heart’s been sleepin’
For all this time, my love’s been keepin’

But now my heart has recovered
From past affairs that turned wrong
All my dreams are uncovered
I belong, I belong, I belong

At first, I thought – just one more lover
But then I found why he’s like no other

And now my heart has recovered
From past affairs that turned wrong
All my dreams are uncovered
I belong, I belong, I belong

Too many hours slipped away
Too many loves came my way
But they only broke my heart in two
While it needed someone just like you

At last you came, and from now on
The two of us would be as one

Yes, now my heart has recovered
From past affairs that turned wrong
All my dreams are uncovered
I belong, I belong, I belong

I belong

1966


“A Man Without Love” was the British entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1966, performed in English by Kenneth McKellar.”A Man Without Love” peaked at #30 in the UK Singles Chart in March 1966.At the close of voting, it had received 8 points (5 points from Ireland and 3 of Luxembourg), placing 9th in a field of 18 (the worst placing for the United Kingdom until 1978.

lyrics
A man without love
A man without love is only half a man
And half a man is nothing
A man without love cannot begin to dream
For all his dreams lead nowhere

That was me
The man I used to be
A lonely cloud who’d never found his destiny
Then you came
You touched my heart and told the pain to go
And now I know

A man who is loved has everything in life
And all his life is roses and rainbows and songbirds
That he knows never sang
For a man without love

That was me
The man I used to be
A lonely cloud who’d never found his destiny
Then you came
You touched my heart and told the pain to go
And now I know

A man who is loved has everything in life
And all his life is roses and rainbows and songbirds
That he knows never sang
For a man without love

1967


“Puppet on a String” is the name of the Eurovision Song Contest-winning song in 1967 by British singer Sandie Shaw. The song was a UK Singles Chart number one hit on 27 April 1967, staying at the top for a total of three weeks.
Shaw had originally performed the song as one of five prospective numbers to represent the United Kingdom in the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest on The Rolf Harris Show. She had never been taken with the idea of taking part in the contest but her discoverer, Adam Faith, had talked her into it, saying it would keep her manager Eve Taylor happy. Taylor wanted to give Shaw a more cabaret appeal and felt that this was the right move – and also felt that it would get Shaw back in the public’s good books as she had recently been involved in a divorce scandal.
Of the five songs performed, “Puppet on a String” was Shaw’s least favourite. In her own words “I hated it from the very first oompah to the final bang on the big bass drum. I was instinctively repelled by its sexist drivel and cuckoo-clock tune.” She was disappointed when it was selected as the song she would use to represent the country, but it won the contest hands down, though it has always been felt that this was partly due to her existing popularity on the continent (she had recorded most of her hit singles in French, Italian, German and Spanish).
lyrics
Puppet on a string
I wonder if one day that you’ll say that you care
If you say you love me madly, I’ll gladly be there
Like a puppet on a string

Love is just like a merry-go-round
With all the fun of the fair
One day I’m feeling down on the ground
Then I’m up in the air
Are you leading me on?
Tomorrow, will you be gone?

I wonder if one day that you’ll say that you care
If you say you love me madly, I’ll gladly be there
Like a puppet on a string

I may win on the roundabout
Then I’ll lose on the swings
In or out, there is never a doubt
Just who’s pulling the strings
I’m all tied up in you
But where’s it leading me to?

I wonder if one day that you’ll say that you care
If you say you love me madly, I’ll gladly be there
Like a puppet on a string

I wonder if one day that you’ll say that you care
If you say you love me madly, I’ll gladly be there
Like a puppet on a string

Like a puppet on a string

1968


“Congratulations” is a song written by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter as the UK entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1968 on 6 April with Cliff Richard performing.Phil Coulter originally wrote the song as “I Think I Love You”, but was unsure of the lyrics and got together with Bill Martin (the same team that wrote “Puppet on a String”), who changed it to “Congratulations”.The song was immediately popular in the UK and became a number one single. On the day of the contest, it was the favourite to win, so much so that the British press were posing the question: “What will come 2nd to ‘Congratulations’?”
During the voting, “Congratulations” was leading for much of the way until the penultimate vote when Germany gave Spain six points, putting them one point ahead of the United Kingdom. It finished second losing to Spain’s entry “La, la, la” by just one point, and was a huge hit throughout Europe. In 2008, documentary film-maker Montse Fernandez Vila claimed that the loss was the result of rigging of the Spanish vote by state television on behalf of General Franco’s fascist regime. However José María Íñigo, the person that made such claims in the documentary quickly said that his words were taken out of context and he never said such thing, and said that the channel that produced the documentary, laSexta, who was the promoter of the Spanish representative that year, Rodolfo Chikilicuatre, had manipulated his words to help promote their candidate. He said: “if there had been such a manipulation, it would have been for a different artist who had been closer to the regime”.

lyrics
Congratulations
Congratulations and celebrations
When I tell everyone that you’re in love with me
Congratulations and jubilations
I want the world to know I’m happy as can be

Who would believe that I could be happy and contented?
I used to think that happiness hadn’t been invented
But that was in the bad old days before I met you
Or when I let you walk into my heart

Congratulations and celebrations
When I tell everyone that you’re in love with me
Congratulations and jubilations
I want the world to know I’m happy as can be

I was afraid that maybe you thought you were above me
That I was only fooling myself to think you’d love me
But then tonight you said you couldn’t live without me
That round about me, you wanted to stay

Congratulations and celebrations
When I tell everyone that you’re in love with me
Congratulations and jubilations
I want the world to know I’m happy as can be

Congratulations and jubilations
I want the world to know I’m happy as can be

I want the world to know I’m happy as can be

1969


“Boom Bang-a-Bang” was the United Kingdom entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 1969. It was sung by Lulu, and was co-written by Alan Moorhouse and Peter Warne (the latter also known as Michael Julien).It was the joint winner with three other entries.
The song was the second consecutive entry with a nonsense title to win the contest (after Massiel’s triumph in 1968 with “La La La”), and became infamous in the comedy world – most notably inspiring Monty Python’s Flying Circus to parody it with “Bing Tiddle-Tiddle Bong” (Python precursor I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again had previously had Bill Oddie do something similar with a song for which the title was rendered entirely in sound effects).
Over two decades after its first release, the song was included on a blacklist of banned songs issued by the BBC during the 1991 Gulf War.

lyrics
Boom bang-a-bang
Come closer, come closer and listen
The beat of my heart keeps on missin’
I notice it most when we’re kissin’
Come closer and love me tonight
That’s right
Come closer and cuddle me tight

My heart goes
Boom bang-a-bang, boom bang-a-bang
When you are near
Boom bang-a-bang, boom bang-a-bang
Loud in my ear
Pounding away, pounding away
Won’t you be mine?
Boom bang-a-bang-bang all the time

It’s such a lovely feeling
When I’m in your arms
Don’t go away
I wanna stay my whole life through
Boom bang-a-bang-bang
Close to you

Your smile is so warm and inviting
The thought of your kiss is exciting
So hold me and don’t keep me waiting
Come closer and love me tonight
That’s right
Come closer and cuddle me tight

My heart goes
Boom bang-a-bang, boom bang-a-bang
When you are near
Boom bang-a-bang, boom bang-a-bang
Loud in my ear
Pounding away, pounding away
Won’t you be mine?
Boom bang-a-bang-bang all the time

It’s such a lovely feeling
When I’m in your arms
Now you are near
I wanna hear your heartbeat too
Boom bang-a-bang-bang
I love you

It’s such a lovely feeling
When I’m in your arms
Now you are near
I wanna hear your heartbeat too
Boom bang-a-bang-bang
Boom bang-a-bang-bang
Boom bang-a-bang-bang
I love you

1970


“Knock, Knock Who’s There?”, written and composed by John Carter and Geoff Stephens, produced by Mickie Most, was the United Kingdom’s entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1970, performed by the Welsh singer Mary Hopkin.On 7 March 1970, Mary Hopkin sang six songs at the UK National Final, A Song for Europe, which was aired on the television series It’s Cliff Richard!. Hopkin was chosen by the BBC to be the United Kingdom’s representative for that year, and the winner of a postal vote would determine which of the six songs would progress with her to the finals in Amsterdam. “Knock, Knock Who’s There?”, the sixth and final song performed that evening, won the postal vote with over 120,000 supporters.
At Amsterdam,At the end of judging that evening, “Knock, Knock Who’s There?” took the second-place slot with 26 points. The UK received points from nine out of a possible eleven voting juries.
On 28 March 1970, Hopkin’s “Knock, Knock Who’s There” peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart; it would be a chart fixture for 14 weeks. It wasn’t released in the United States as a single until November 1972, where it floundered for four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, only reaching a peak of #92.

lyrics
Knock, knock, who’s there?
Tears of rain run down my window pane
I’m on my own again, good evening, sorrow
Sit and dream of how things might have been
And as I close my eyes, I get the strangest feeling

Knock, knock, who’s there?
Could this be love that’s calling?
The door is always open wide
Knock, knock, who’s there?
Now as the night is falling
Take off your coat and come inside

Climb the stair and then I say a prayer
For someone who could share my situation
But instead as I lay down my head
I have to leave it all to my imagination

Knock, knock, who’s there?
Could this be love that’s calling?
The door is always open wide
Knock, knock, who’s there?
Now as the night is falling
Take off your coat and come inside

La la la la la la la la la…
La la la la la la la la la la la…
La la la la la la la la la…
La la la la la la la la la la la…

Sit and dream of how things might have been
And as I close my eyes, I get the strangest feeling

Knock, knock, who’s there?
Could this be love that’s calling?
The door is always open wide
Knock, knock, who’s there?
Now as the night is falling
Take off your coat and come inside

Take off your coat and come inside

1971


The United Kingdom held a national preselection to choose the song that would go to the Eurovision Song Contest 1971. It was held on February 20, 1971 and presented by Cliff Richard.”Jack in the Box” won the national and went on to come 4th in the contest.

lyrics
Jack-in-the-box
Stop – don’t say you’ll put me down
Love – don’t go away
Drop my feet back on the ground
Open your arms, let me stay

Hold me like you know you should
Don’t leave me on the shelf
Like a doll you throw away
So sad and lonely all by myself

I’m just your Jack-in-the-Box
You know whenever love knocks
I’m gonna bounce up and down on my spring
A toy used up when it stops
I’m just your Jack-in-the-Box
Because for your love I’d do anything

Who just keeps my heart around?
Loves to pull the strings?
You – and when it’s upside down
Look at the way that it swings

I can’t help the way I feel
It’s you and no one else
Comes the tune, but all too soon
I’m just a doll put back on the shelf

I’m just your Jack-in-the-Box
You know whenever love knocks
I’m gonna bounce up and down on my spring
A toy used up when it stops
I’m just your Jack-in-the-Box
Because for your love I’d do anything

La la la la la la la…
La la la la la la la…
La la la la la la la la la la…
La la la la la la la…
La la la la la la la…
La la la la la la la la la la…

Hey, hear what I say
You’ll find someday that I walked away from you
So say I’ve got to stay
And from today it’s love that’s gonna break through

I’m just your Jack-in-the-Box
You know whenever love knocks
I’m gonna bounce up and down on my spring
A toy used up when it stops
I’m just your Jack-in-the-Box
Because for your love I’d do anything

Hey hey…

1972


The United Kingdom held a national preselection to choose the song that would go to the Eurovision Song Contest 1972. It was held on February 12, 1972 and presented by Cliff Richard.”Beg, Steal or Borrow” won the national and went on to come 2nd in the contest.

lyrics
Beg, steal of borrow
You know I’ll beg, steal or borrow
I’ll bring you love

I look at you (I look at you)
And I see what I’ve been looking for (I’m looking for…)
Now it’s very clear to me
We should be together

You make me feel (you make me feel)
I could reach for the impossible
And knowing how much you care
I’ll be there forever

You know I’ll beg, steal or borrow
To give you sunny days
And in a hundred ways
I’ll bring you love

You know I’ll beg, steal or borrow (yes, I will)
To make your garden grow
And most of all you know
I’ll bring you love, love

I always knew (I always knew)
That the world could be a finer place (a finer place)
So what if I have to wait?
Better late than never

You, you’re like me (you’re so like me)
‘Cause you believe love makes it all worthwhile (all worthwhile)
And although we’ve just begun
We’ll go on forever

You know I’ll beg, steal or borrow
To give you sunny days
And in a hundred ways
I’ll bring you love

You know I’ll beg, steal or borrow
To make your garden grow
And most of all you know
I’ll bring you love, yeah… love

You know I’ll beg, steal or borrow
To give you sunny days
And in a hundred ways
I’ll bring you love, love, love, yeah
Love, love, love

1973


The United Kingdom held a national preselection to choose the song that would go to the Eurovision Song Contest 1973. It was held on February 24, 1973 and presented by Cilla Black.The 1973 contest became the most watched Eurovision Song Contest in the UK, with 21.54 million watching Cliff Richard perform in Luxembourg.
“Power to all our Friends” won the national and went on to come 3rd in the contest.

lyrics
Power to all our friends
Power to all our friends
To the music that never ends
To the people we want to be
Baby, power to you and me

There’s one old man
Spends his life growing flowers
And caring for the bees
Power to the bees
There’s one old lady
Spent her days making wine
The wine tasted fine
Power to the vine

Power to the boys who played rock ‘n’ roll
And made my life so sweet
And to the girls I knew before
And those I’ve yet to meet

Power to all our friends
To the music that never ends
To the people we want to be
Baby, power to you and me

There’s one strong man
Ploughing in the valley
He’s living off the land
Power to the land

There’s some young girl
Layin’ down in Monte Carlo
Layin’ in the sun
Power to the sun

Power to the boys who played rock ‘n’ roll
And made my life so sweet
And to the girls I knew before
And those I’ve yet to meet

Power to all our friends
To the music that never ends
To the people we want to be
Baby, power to you and me

Power to the boys who played rock ‘n’ roll
And made my life so sweet
And to the girls I knew before
And those I’ve yet to meet

Power to all our friends
To the music that never ends
To the people we want to be
Baby, power to you and me

To the music that never ends
Baby, power to all our friends

1974


“Long Live Love” was the British entrant to the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 in Brighton, United Kingdom. It was sung by Olivia Newton-John in English.As had been the norm for A Song For Europe since 1964 all nominated songs competing at A Song For Europe 1974 were performed by one artist who’d been selected by BBC-TV: Olivia Newton-John was the final solo artist to perform A Song For Europe duties under this format as after the Shadows were the BBC-TV’s in-house artist of choice for A Song For Europe 1975 a multi-artist format was inaugurated with A Song For Europe 1976. Newton-John performed the six nominated songs in a February 23 1974 A Song For Europe 1974 TV broadcast which solicited viewers to vote for their favorite nominee by mail: the resultant vote tally for “Long Live Love” was 27,387 giving the song a clear victory (the vote tally for the runner-up “Angel Eyes” was 18,018).
At the close of voting “Long Live Love” had received 14 points to place in a three way tie for 4th in a field of 17.Newton-John would later admit that she had not cared for “Long Live Love” and wished she could have performed some other A Song For Europe 1974 contender in the Eurovision 1974 final.

lyrics
Long live love
Long, long live love
Love is to care
Caring and sharing
Long, long live love

All the kids, like ten tin soldiers
In a row follow hand in hand
Sister Anna, carrying the banner
For the Sally Annie Band

Singing songs of praise and glory
We all learned to love their story
Good things are comin’ to ya
Glory, glory, hallelujah

Long, long live love
As long as we live
Living for giving
Long, long live love

On a wet day, dry day, great to be alive day
Brother takes the stand
Cymbals ringing, everybody singing
With the Sally Annie Band

Just a band of happy people
Teachin’, preachin’ love is equal
When you feel the spirit move ya
Glory, glory, hallelujah

Long, long live love
Love is to care
Caring and sharing, long
Long live love, love, love, love, love

Oh… long, long live love
As long as we live
Living for giving
Long, long live love

1975


The United Kingdom held a national preselection to choose the song that would go to the Eurovision Song Contest 1975. It was held on 15 February 1975 and presented by Lulu.”Let Me Be the One” won the national and went on to come 2nd in the contest.

lyrics
Let me be the one
Tonight (Tonight)
Tonight (Tonight)
Tonight (Tonight)
Tonight

Let me be the one who’s lovin’ you tonight
Let me be the one who really holds you tight
I’ll even bring along a magic moon
Just to make you feel alright
So let me be the one who’s lovin’ you tonight

Let me be the one who takes you by the hand
(Let me be the one)
Let me be the one who always understands
(Let me be the one)
Everybody knows we’ve been good friends
But I think the time is right
So let me be the one who’s lovin’ you tonight

You and I could have an affair
(All you gotta do is…)
Make sweet music, go anywhere
Building highways taking us there
As long as I know you really care
Won’t you show me you care?

Oh… come on
Let me be the one who’s lovin’ you tonight
Let me be the one who really holds you tight
I’ll even bring along a magic moon
Just to make you feel alright
So let me be the one who’s lovin’ you tonight

Doo doo doo doo…
Won’t you show me you care?

Oh… come on
Let me be the one who takes you by the hand
Let me be the one who always understands
Everybody knows we’ve been good friends
But I think the time is right
So let me be the one who’s lovin’ you tonight

Let me be the one who’s lovin’ you
Tonight (Tonight)
Tonight (Tonight)
Tonight (Tonight)
Tonight

1976


“Save Your Kisses for Me” was the winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest 1976, performed for the United Kingdom by Brotherhood of Man in The Hague, Netherlands. The lyrics and music were written by Tony Hiller, Lee Sheriden, and Martin Lee, the latter two being members of the band. This was the third consecutive occasion on which a group had won the contest.
It was awarded the maximum twelve points by seven countries, totalling 164 points compared to the second-placed French entry with 147 points. According to John Kennedy O’Connor’s The Eurovision Song Contest – The Official History, the song is the biggest selling single for a winning entry in the history of the contest. It also still holds the record for the highest relative score under the voting system introduced in 1975 (which has been used in every contest since), with an average of 9.65 points per jury.After winning the contest, the song reached No.1 in many countries across Europe and eventually sold more than six million copies. In the UK, it stayed at No. 1 for six weeks and was certified platinum by the BPI in May 1976, becoming the biggest selling single of the year.In the United States, the song was a moderate pop hit (No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100) but went all the way to No. 1 on the Easy Listening chart.
The song was chosen in an internet poll conducted by the European Broadcasting Union in 2005 as one of the fourteen most popular songs in the history of the Eurovision, and was one of the entrants in the Congratulations fiftieth anniversary concert in Copenhagen, Denmark, held in October 2005. It was re-enacted by the group (who are still together) along with twelve dancers dressed in matching red, white, and black costumes with briefcases and a live orchestra as the original footage was shown in the background. It came fifth in the final voting.

lyrics
Save your kisses for me
Though it hurts to go away, it’s impossible to stay
But there’s one thing I must say before I go:
I love you (I love you), you know
I’ll be thinkin’ of you in most everything I do

Now the time is movin’ on and I really should be gone
But you keep me hangin’ on for one more smile
I love you (I love you) all the while
With your cute little wave
Will you promise that you’ll save your…

Kisses for me, save all your kisses for me
Bye bye, baby, bye bye
Don’t cry, honey, don’t cry
Gonna walk out the door
But I’ll soon be back for more

Kisses for me, save all your kisses for me
So long, honey, so long
Hang on, baby, hang on
Don’t you dare me to stay
‘Cause you know I’ll have to say

That I’ve got to work each day and that’s why I go away
But I count the seconds ’til I’m home with you
I love you (I love you), it’s true
You’re so cute honey, gee
Won’t you save them up for me? Your…

Kisses for me, save all your kisses for me
Bye bye, baby, bye bye
Don’t cry, honey, don’t cry
Gonna walk out the door
But I’ll soon be back for more

Kisses for me, save all your kisses for me
So long, honey, so long
Hang on, baby, hang on
Don’t you dare me to stay
‘Cause you know you’ve got to save your

Kisses for me, save all your kisses for me
Bye bye, baby, bye bye
Don’t cry, honey, don’t cry
Won’t you save them for me
Even though you’re only three?

1977


Playing host to the Eurovision Song Contest 1977, the United Kingdom was expected to, and did, send an entry to the Contest, which was held in Wembley, London.The national final to select the entry, A Song for Europe 1977, was held on March 9, 1977 at the New London Theatre and presented by Terry Wogan. Fourteen regional juries voted on the songs.
“Rock Bottom” won the national and came 2nd in the contest.

lyrics
Rock bottom
Where are we?
Rock bottom
Tragedies?
We got ’em
Remedy?
Why don’t we rub it out and start it again?

Oh, with a sympathy
Oh, I get it
Harmony
You said it
Where are we?
Rock bottom – rub it out and start it again

Now can you tell me? (Can you tell me?)
Oh, I don’t know
But can you help me? (Can you help me?)
I don’t know
All I know is we can do anything we want to

Where are we?
Rock bottom
Tragedies?
We got ’em
Remedy?
Why don’t we rub it out and start it again?

With a sympathy
Oh, I get it
Harmony
You said it
Where are we?
Rock bottom
Rub it out and start it again

Rock, rock, rock bottom
Rock, rock, rock bottom
Rock, rock, rock bottom

Can you tell me? (Can you tell me?)
I don’t know
But can you help me? (Can you help me?)
Oh, I don’t know
All I know is we can do anything we want to

Where are we? (Where are we?)
Rock bottom
Tragedies? (Tragedies?)
We got ’em
Remedy? (Remedy?)
Why don’t we rub it out and start it again?

Oh, with a sympathy (sympathy)
Oh, I get it
Harmony (harmony)
You said it
Where are we? (Where are we?)
Rock bottom – rub it out and start it again
Where are we?
Rock bottom – rub it out and start it again

Rock, rock, rock bottom
Rock, rock, rock bottom
Rock, rock, rock bottom
Rub it out and start it again
Ooh…

1978


The United Kingdom held a national preselection to choose the song that would go to the Eurovision Song Contest 1978. It was held on March 31, 1978 at the Royal Albert Hall and presented by Terry Wogan.”The Bad Old Days” won the national and came 11th in the contest.

lyrics
Bad old days
Remember me?
I was tossed and turnin’ like a ship without a sea
I was lost for learnin’ like a song without a key
Remember when
I was all alone without a soul to call my friend?
Who’d have thought those days would ever end?

Those were the bad old days
Before I had your love to guide me
Sad old days
You set me free from all those bad old days
You put all the good inside of me

Those were the bad old days
(Those were the sad old days)
Before I had you there besides me
Sad old days
And can’t you see? – you took the bad old days
And you put all the good inside of me

Remember who
Walked into my life and put their foot inside my shoe
Now what was just a place for one is home for two
Remember why
I’m gonna stay with you until the day I die
We can watch the good old days go by

Those were the bad old days
Before I had your love to guide me
Sad old days
You set me free from all those bad old days
You put all the good inside of me

Oh dooby-doo…
Dooby-dooby-dooby-doo…
Aah…

Those were the bad old days
(Those were the sad old days)
Before I had you there beside me
Sad old days
(Those were the sad old days)
And can’t you see you took the bad old days
And you put all the good inside of me?

(Those were the bad old days)
(Those were the bad old days)
You put all the good inside of me
(Those were the bad old days)
Ah…
(Those were the bad old days)
You put all the good inside of me

1979


The United Kingdom held a national preselection to choose the song that would go to the Eurovision Song Contest 1979. A Song for Europe 1979 was planned to take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 8 March. After a day’s rehearsals at the Royal Albert Hall a strike by BBC technicians stopped the show. Audio recordings of the songs were voted on by 13 regional juries. The jury in Manchester could not be contacted and therefore did not vote.
Black Lace were the winners of A Song for Europe with “Mary Ann” and went on to place 7th at the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest in Jerusalem, Israel.

lyrics
Mary Ann
Out on a late night
Way after midnight
Armed with a bottle or two
What’s the time?
I’m gettin’ out of my mind
I’ve gotta get to you

She was in black lace
Come back to my place
Come for a drink and a dance
Boy, I found she didn’t hang around
I didn’t stand a chance

She paid a big rent
For an apartment uptown One-twenty-one
She said: come inside
I’ve got nothin’ to hide
I only want some fun

Havin’ a good time
Walkin’ a tight line
I was out of my head
Just when I reached for you
Like I usually do
I found her instead

Mary Ann, I’m gonna do what I can
But I can’t do more than try
Tearin’ my heart out tryin’ to make it up to you
Mary Ann, I’m gonna do what I can
That’s truth, and that’s no lie
Cryin’ my eyes out, gotta get it back with you

I woke up early
With everythin’ blurry
And my head rattled with pain
Even so, I heard the doorbell go
And someone call my name

There was her best friend
Down for the weekend
I knew I’d met her before
She said: you dirty man
When I see Mary Ann
I’m gonna tell her the score

Mary Ann, I’m gonna do what I can
But I can’t do more than try
Tearin’ my heart out tryin’ to make it up to you
Mary Ann, I’m gonna do what I can
That’s truth, and that’s no lie
Cryin’ my eyes out, gotta get it back with you

Out on a late night
Way after midnight
Armed with a bottle or two
What’s the time?
I’m gettin’ out of my mind
I’ve got to get to you

Mary Ann, I’m gonna do what I can
But I can’t do more than try
Tearin’ my heart out tryin’ to make it up to you
Mary Ann, I’m gonna do what I can
That’s truth, and that’s no lie
Cryin’ my eyes out, gotta get it back with you

Cryin’ my eyes out, gotta get it back with you

1980


The 1980 “A Song For Europe” contest was held on 26 March 1980 (the same day as that year’s budget), at the BBC Television Theatre in Shepherd’s Bush and hosted by a dinner-suited Terry Wogan. An offscreen orchestra was used, under the charge of John Coleman as conductor. The theme music was “Te deum” the Eurovision theme.12 songs were chosen by the Music Publisher’s Association.
At the Eurovision itself, “Love Enough for Two” scored 106 points and was positioned third overall. The event took place in The Hague in the Netherlands and was won by Ireland’s “What’s Another Year?” by Johnny Logan).

lyrics
Love enough for two
If there’s a place in your heart for me
There’s a room in my place for you
‘Cause I’ve got love enough…
Yes, I’ve got love enough…
Love enough for two

It isn’t every road that leads me home
It isn’t every day I’m on my own
But when I’m feeling sad and all alone
I think of you, yes, I do

You’ve got a very special kind of style
There’s something in your eyes each time you smile
So tell me you can stay for just a while
And love me too

If there’s a place in your heart for me
There’s a room in my place for you
‘Cause I’ve got love enough…
Yes, I’ve got love enough for two

If there’s a time in your life for me
I’ve got a lifetime to spend with you
‘Cause I’ve got love enough…
Yes, I’ve got love enough…
Love enough for two

It isn’t every day you meet someone
You wanna pin your wildest dreams upon
It’s true you haven’t known me very long
But I hope and pray that you’ll stay

There’s something in the way you touch my soul
It seemed that I was half, but now I’m whole
You’ve got me under your complete control
In every way

If there’s a place in your heart for me
There’s a room in my place for you
‘Cause I’ve got love enough…
Yes, I’ve got love enough for two

If there’s a…
If there’s a time in your life for me
I’ve got a lifetime to spend with you
‘Cause I’ve got love enough…
Yes, I’ve got love enough…
Love enough for two

Oh… I’ve got love enough…
Oh… I’ve got love enough…
Love enough for two

1981


The United Kingdom and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) held a national final titled “A Song for Europe 1981” to choose who would represent them in the Eurovision Song Contest 1981. “A Song for Europe 1981” was held on 11 March 1981 where Bucks Fizz was chosen with “Making Your Mind Up” as the entrant.
1981 was the year that Bucks Fizz won the Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom with their song “Making Your Mind Up”. It won 136 points from the 19 juries, beating West Germany’s Lena Valaitis whose Johnny Blue won 132 points.

lyrics
Makirng your mind up
You gotta speed it up
And then you gotta slow it down
‘Cause if you believe that our love can hit the top
You gotta play around
But soon you will find that there comes a time
For making your mind up

You gotta turn it on
And then you gotta put it out
You gotta be sure that it’s something
Everybody’s gonna talk about
Before you decide that the time’s arrived
For making your mind up

Don’t let your indecision
Take you from behind
Trust your inner vision
Don’t let others change your mind

And now you really gotta burn it up
And make another fly by night
Get a run for your money
And take a chance and it’ll turn out right
But when you can see how it’s gotta be
You’re making your mind up

And try to look as if you don’t care less
But if you wanna see some more
Bending the rules of the game
Will let you find the one you’re looking for
And then you can show that you think you know
You’re making your mind up

Don’t let your indecision
Take you from behind
Trust your inner vision
Don’t let others change your mind

And now you really gotta speed it up
And then you gotta slow it down
‘Cause if you believe that our love can hit the top
You gotta play around
But soon you will find that there comes a time
For making your mind up

And now you really gotta speed it up
And then you gotta slow it down
‘Cause if you believe that our love can hit the top
You gotta play around
But soon you will find that there comes a time
For making your mind up
For making your mind up
For making your mind up
For making your mind up

1982


The United Kingdom was represented in the Eurovision Song Contest 1982 by Bardo with the song “One Step Further”.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.
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.

lyrics
One step further
One step further and I would have been there

Can’t seem to get your attention no matter how I try
I just want you to prefer me to the other guys
So when you looked at me, you only turned away
So I walked up beside you
But I forgot all the things that I planned to say
I don’t know if I tried to

I could have taken one step further
And I would have been there
You could have turned around
And hit me and I wouldn’t have cared
All this time I didn’t get anywhere
I could have taken one step further
And I would have been there

Ain’t got the courage to speak when you’re sometimes near
Well I can’t seem to think of the things that a girl likes to hear
But when I saw you again, you were all alone
So I walked up beside you
But I was too shy to even ask you home
I don’t know if I tried to

I could have taken one step further
And I would have been there
You could have turned around
And hit me and I wouldn’t have cared
All this time I didn’t get anywhere
I could have taken one step further
And I would have been there

If you read my letters or my telegrams
You’d have got around to asking me just who I am
‘Cause you know I’m gonna get ya
I’m gonna get ya, I’m gonna get ya

One step further and I would have been there
You could have turned around
And hit me and I wouldn’t have cared
All this time I didn’t get anywhere
I could have taken one step further
And I would have been…

One step further and I would have been there
You could have turned around
And hit me and I wouldn’t have cared
All this time I didn’t get anywhere

One step further and I would have been there
You could have turned around
And hit me and I wouldn’t have cared
All this time I didn’t get anywhere
I could have taken one step further
And I would have been…

(One step further and I would have been there)
I could have tooken one step further
(One step further and I would’ve been there)
One step, one step

1983


The United Kingdom was represented in the Eurovision Song Contest 1983 by Sweet Dreams with the song “I’m Never Giving Up”. It was chosen as the British entry through the A Song for Europe national selection process and placed sixth at Eurovision, receiving 79 points. Terry Wogan was once again the host and the show was staged at the Television Theatre on Thursday 24 March. Of the entries, songwriters Tony Hiller, Martin Lee and Paul Curtis had had songs in the Eurovision final before. Songwriter Marty Kristian had competed with The New Seekers in 1972. His group featured former New Seekers singer Kathy Ann Rae and former entrant Lance Aston (of Prima Donna). “When the Kissing Stops” was originally intended for former winners Brotherhood of Man, but they declined the offer to appear. The group did go on to record the song however and it featured on their album Lightning Flash.
After Bardo’s “One Step Further” in the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest, the United Kingdom placed one spot better at sixth place, scoring 79 points, with “I’m Never Giving Up” by Sweet Dreams.

lyrics
I’m never giving up
I don’t believe in idle gossip
The jealous mind can be unfair
I hear them make their accusations
But baby, come what may
No matter what the people say

I’m never givin’ up, not givin’ in
If there’s the slightest chance that I could win
The battle may be lost, but I can win the war
And get your lovin’ back the way it was before

At times it’s hard to see the changes
Or read the writing on the wall
We may become the best of strangers
But I’ll keep holding on
Until I know my chance has gone

I’m never givin’ up, not givin’ in
If there’s the slightest chance that I could win
The battle may be lost, but I can win the war
And get your lovin’ back the way it was before

Never givin’ up, I’m never givin’ up

I’m never givin’ up, not givin’ in
If there’s the slightest chance that I could win
The battle may be lost, but I can win the war
And get your lovin’ back the way it was

I’m never givin’ up, not givin’ in
If there’s the slightest chance that I could win
The battle may be lost, but I can win the war
And get your lovin’ back the way it was before

Never givin’ up, I’m never givin’ up
(I’m allowed to… all I want to… need your lovin’)
I’m never never givin’… never never givin’… never givin’ up

1984


The United Kingdom was represented in the Eurovision Song Contest 1984 by Belle and the Devotions with the song “Love Games”. It was chosen as the British entry through the A Song for Europe national selection process and placed seventh at Eurovision, receiving 63 points. It was held on Wednesday 4 April and was hosted once again by Terry Wogan.
Belle & the Devotions were booed at the Contest after English football fans had run riot in Luxembourg a few months earlier, causing damage to the city. The three backing singers for the group were never seen by the TV viewers (the BBC maintained that this was because one was pregnant) and the two members of the Devotions mimed. Despite the reception, the group finished 7th with 63 points. Sweden ended up winning the competition with the song “Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley”.

lyrics
Love games
(You were only playin’ love games)
(You were only playin’ love games, baby)
(You were only playin’ love games)
(You were only playin’ love games, baby)

Why? (Baby, baby, why?)
Why’d you wanna break my heart, babe?
You should have told me from the start, babe
(You should have told me from the start, oh baby)
You should have let me know that you were letting go

Oh why? (Baby, baby, why?)
Why’d you wanna break my heart, babe?
When you knew that we were partin’, babe
(Should have told me we were partin’, baby)
Should have let me know
You should have have told me so

Oh darling…

You were only playin’ love games
(You were only playin’ love games, baby)
You were only playin’ love games
(You were only playin’ love games with my heart)
You gave me sugar lovin’ and it stuck like glue
And all this time you had me hooked on you
(Baby, baby)

You were only playin’ love games
(You were only playin’ love games, baby)
You were only makin’ love games
(You were only makin’ love games with my heart)
I was just your puppet and you know it’s true
You could snap your fingers and I’d run to you
(Baby, baby)

Oh why? (Baby, baby, why?)
Why’d you wanna break my heart, babe?
You should have told me at the start, babe
(You should have told me, baby, could have told me)
When you knew all the time that you were never mine

Oh why?
(Baby, baby, why?)
Why’d you wanna break my heart, babe?
When you knew that we would part, babe
(When you knew that we would part, oh baby)
That you would make me cry, that you would say goodbye

Oh darling…

You were only playin’ love games
(You were only playin’ love games, baby)
You were only playin’ love games
(You were only playin’ love games with my heart)
You gave me sugar lovin’ and it stuck like glue
And all this time you had me hooked on you
(Baby, baby)

You were only playin’ love games
(You were only playin’ love games, baby)
You were only makin’ love games
(You were only makin’ love games with my heart)
I was just your puppet and you know it’s true
You could snap your fingers and I’d run to you
(Baby, baby)

You were only playin’ love games
(You were only playin’ love games, baby)
You were only playin’ love games
(You were only playin’ love games with my heart)
You gave me sugar lovin’ and it stuck like glue
And all this time you had me hooked on you
(Baby, baby)

You were only playin’ love games
(You were only playin’ love games, baby)
You were only makin’ love games
(You were only makin’ love games with my heart)
I was just your puppet and you know it’s true

1985


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.333 songs were originally submitted to the Music Publisher’s Association, with 8 songs chosen. Song writers could only submit a maximum of four songs to the MPA, but the identity of the writers was not disclosed to the MPA judges.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.
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”.

lyrics
Love is…
It’s been a pleasant evening
Now she says she’s leaving
And he’s too proud to say out loud
Oh baby, won’t you stay?

Now she says she’ll call him
She finds herself fallin’
When he reaches out and touches her hand
She turns to walk away
‘Cause there’s always a weak one
Always a strong one, who’ll be the first to fall?

Love is the danger of meeting a stranger
And takin’ a chance on two hearts makin’ it
Love is the fire, the burnin’ desire
That makes the world go round
Love is the feelin’ that makes you believe in
Takin’ a chance on two hearts beatin’ as one
That’s what love is

Still she’s hesitating
Is the ice worth breaking?
Should she hold back or rush right in
Where angels fear to tread?
‘Cause there’s always a weak one
Always a strong one, who’ll be the first to fall?

Love is the danger of meeting a stranger
And takin’ a chance on two hearts makin’ it
Love is the fire, the burnin’ desire
That makes the world go round
Love is the feelin’ that makes you believe in
Takin’ a chance on two hearts beatin’ as one
That’s what love is, hoh…

Love is the danger of meeting a stranger
And takin’ a chance on two hearts makin’ it
Love is the fire, the burnin’ desire
That makes the world go round
Love is the feelin’ that makes you believe in
Takin’ a chance

Love is the danger of meeting a stranger
And takin’ a chance on two hearts makin’ it
Love is the fire, the burnin’ desire
That makes the world go round
Love is the feelin’ that makes you believe in
Takin’ a chance

Love is the danger of meeting a stranger
And takin’ a chance on two hearts makin’ it
Love is the fire, the burnin’ desire
That makes the world go round

1986


The United Kingdom was present at 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 winning song was decided by the votes of eleven regional juries across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.The winning entry was “Runner in the Night,” performed by the sextet Ryder, composed by Brian Wade, with lyrics written by Maureen Darbyshire.
At the close of the voting the song had received 72 points, placing 7th in a field of 20 competing countries.

lyrics
Runner in the night
Goin’ home, I’m a runner in the night
Turnin’ back with another chance to make it right
I know where I went wrong
I’ve been away for far too long
I’m on the track -I’m a runner in the night

You told me once not to go, I guess I wasn’t listening
I was blind to reason then
You were the light guidin’ me
Was so confused I could not see
Without your love I wasn’t free

Goin’ home, I’m a runner in the night
Turnin’ back with another chance to make it right
I wanna start again
Go back in time till I get to when
I took your heart like a runner in the night

You didn’t ask much of me
I didn’t make you promises
You kept faith, I broke the rules
I’m sorry now, my mistake
I didn’t mean that your heart should break
I want you back, what will it take?
Oh… oh…

I know I made you wait, I only hope it’s not too late
To try again for a runner in the night

(Runnin’, runnin’, runnin’, runnin’)
(Runnin’, runnin’, runnin’, runnin’)
Yeah…

Goin’ home, I’m a runner in the night, ooh…
Touchin’ down on the runway with the mornin’ flight
I know I made you wait
I only hope it’s not too late
To try again for a runner in the night
(Runnin’, runnin’)

Goin’ home, I’m a runner in the night, ooh…
Touchin’ down on the runway with the mornin’ flight
I know I made you wait
I only hope it’s not too late

1987


A Song for Europe 1987 was held on 10 April, live from the BBC Television Centre, London. The contest was hosted by Terry Wogan.An orchestra was once again used, conducted by Ronnie Hazlehurst for the second time, having taken over from John Coleman in 1986. As usual for A Song for Europe], the orchestra was not seen on stage. The title music had changed from previous years, as an upbeat arrangement of the traditional Te Deum music.
In a change to previous years, 10 songs were performed instead of the usual eight. None of the performers had ever performed in A Song for Europe before, and none of the writers had ever written for the contest before. The interval act was a dancing performance by the Anthony Van Laast dancers.
The 1987 Eurovision Song Contest saw the UK’s worst performing entry up to that point, as Rikki’s “Only the Light” received only 47 points, reaching 13th place overall. Johnny Logan repeated his 1980 success and won again for Ireland.

lyrics
It’s only the light
It’s only the light
That fades through the night
A shadow has fallen
And the darkness – it’s callin’
Hoh…

Shadows walkin’ behind me
Strange lights – won’t let them blind me
Voices runnin’ on through my mind
Survival – got to get on with life

It’s only the light
That fades through the night
A shadow has fallen
And the darkness – it’s callin’
It’s only the light
After me

It’s only the light
I can see the light
It’s only the light
Can’t you see the light?
It’s only the light
Only light

Mirrors – I see your reflection
Moving in every direction
I can’t see, it seems so confusing
So touch me, remove this illusion

It’s only the light
That glows in the night
The spirit that moves me
The spirit that moves free
It’s only the light
After me

It’s only the light
I can see the light
It’s only the light
Can’t you see the light?
It’s only the light
Only light

It’s only the light
I can see the light
It’s only the light
Can’t you see the light?
It’s only the light
Only light

It’s only the light

1988


The United Kingdom participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 1988 with its entry “Go” performed by Scott Fitzgerald and written by Julie Forsyth. The song was chosen through the “A Song for Europe” national final which consisted of eight songs in 1988. At the Eurovision Song Contest 1988, Fitzgerald and his song placed second with 136 points.
The 1988 A Song For Europe contest, the United Kingdom’s national final, was held on 25 March, at the BBC Television Centre. It was hosted by Terry Wogan. An orchestra was used, conducted by Ronnie Hazlehurst. This orchestra was off stage, as was the tradition for UK national finals.
The 1987 contest was something of an experiment when compared to other contests of the era. The studio set was much larger, 10 songs were used instead of 8, and the songs were picked by the Music Publisher’s Association, and the record industry, in order to have a selection of songs that were more contemporary pop, instead of just songs that could win the Eurovision Song Contest.
The contest was staged at the RDS in Dublin on 30 April. Twenty one nations took part and the UK performed in fourth position. Scott Fitzgerald scored well and was involved in a tense battle for first place with Switzerland’s entrant Celine Dion. With only Yugoslavia left to vote, the UK was in first place with 136 points followed by Switzerland with 131. The Yugoslav jury proceeded to award Switzerland six points and the UK zero.”Go” was a minor hit in the UK charts.

lyrics
Go
I never felt like this before
Seein’ you again only makes me sad
I recall the times when we
Were in love and had everything
It makes me so sad

Time is meant to heal the pain
I thought was gone
Seein’ you again has made it carry on

Go before you break my heart once more
I know that’s what you come here for
Go before you say ‘I love you’ the way you did
The day before you walked away from me

Lookin’ back on the times we had
Things were beautiful then
But how quick they’ve changed
One day you were in love with me
Then the next, so suddenly, he came along

Time is meant to heal the pain
I thought was gone
Seein’ you again has made it carry on, yeah

Go before you break my heart once more
I know that’s what you come here for
Go before you say ‘I love you’ the way you did
The day before you walked away from me

(Go before you break my heart once more)
Just go, just go away
(I know that’s what you come here for)
Just leave me behind to face another day
Go before you say ‘I love you’ the way you did
The day before you walked away from me

The day before you walked away from me

1989


A Song for Europe was a television show presented on 24 March 1989, featuring eight songs and hosted by Terry Wogan.For the second year running, the BBC convened a panel to pass comment on each of the songs. The panel comprised Deke Arlon, Gary Davies, Leslie Bricusse, and former Eurovision winner Lulu.
The 1989 contest was staged at the Palais de Beaulieu in Lausanne, Switzerland on 6 May . Twenty-two countries participated, and the UK performed seventh on the night. Live Report took second place with 130 points, seven points behind the winners, Yugoslavia.

lyrics
Why do I always get it wrong?
No more sad songs for me to sing
No more heartaches for you to bring me
No more being the hurting kind
I am running where you won’t find me

Whenever I was lonely, I’d call you up and then
I would soon regret my momentary weakness
But it feels so strong
Why do I always get it wrong?

No more sad songs on lonely nights
No more seeking the wrongs or rights of it
No more playing the fool for you
You can do what you wanna do now

Whenever I was lonely, I’d call you up and then
I would soon regret my momentary weakness
But it feels so strong
Why do I always get it wrong?

(No more sad songs, no more heartache)
(I am running where you can’t find me)
No more sad songs for me to sing
(No more sad songs, no more heartache)
No more heartaches, no more heartaches
So now you can’t hurt me
(I am running where you can’t find me)

Sometimes I wish that we had never met
(No more sad songs, no more heartache)
‘Cause you’re my weakness, you’re my weakness
You’re my one and only regret
(I am running where you can’t find me)

I am runnin’, runnin’, runnin’ where you won’t find me
(No more sad songs, no more heartache)
Don’t wanna play the fool for you
(I am running where you can’t find me)
So go on your way, do what you gotta do

(No more sad songs, no more heartache)
(I am running where you can’t find me)
(No more sad songs, no more heartache)
(I am running where you can’t find me)

1990


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 March 30. Terry Wogan presided over the eight finalists and a panel of ‘experts’ was assembled to comment on each of the entries. Emma won with a runaway 97,625 over John Miles who polled 38,966.
The final was held in Zagreb, Yugoslavia on May 5. Emma was supported by several backing singers including Miriam Stockley. Despite being one of the favourites to win, “Give a Little Love Back to the World” only received 87 points and 6th place.

lyrics
Give a little love back to the world
We’ve come so far on this great planet
We should be proud of all the great things we’ve achieved
But in our search for life’s great knowledge
We go on takin’ out and never plant new seeds

Give a little love back to the world
We can’t go on takin’ out forever
Give a little love back to the world
We still got time, let’s do it together
Give a little love back to the world

We’ve got to stop, think of tomorrow
One day our children may have nothing left to share
Let’s do it now, then in the future
They will look back at us with pride and know we cared

Give a little love back to the world
We can’t go on takin’ out forever
Give a little love back to the world
We still got time, let’s do it together

We got no time to hesitate
Tomorrow it may be too late

Give a little love back to the world
We can’t go on takin’ out forever
Give a little love back to the world
We still got time, let’s do it together

We still got time, we can do it together
Give a little love back to the world
(Give a little love back) to the world

1991


Samantha Janus represented United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1991 with the Paul Curtis-written song “A Message to Your Heart”.Samantha Janus went on to represent United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1991 finishing 10th with 47 points. Her backing singers on the night included Hazell Dean and former Belle and the Devotions lead singer, Kit Rolfe.

lyrics
A message to your heart
Half the world is hungry
Just through being born
And every day is a compromise
For a grain of corn

And half the world have too much
Their only hunger is their greed
Through politics and ignorance
Half the world’s in need

A message to your heart
It’s alright
Say a little prayer
And sleep tonight, oh…
Tomorrow you’ll still be in paradise, oh…

A message to your heart
Walk on by
Till you hear the voice
Of conscience cry, oh…
There but for the grace of God, go on

Half the world is lucky
Born in paradise
But they don’t see the children
With hunger in their eyes
And the time has come for changes
Though for some it’s much too late
There’s got to be an answer
The hungry cannot wait

A message to your heart
It’s alright
Say a little prayer
And sleep tonight, oh…
Tomorrow you’ll still be in paradise, oh…

A message to your heart
Walk on by
Until you hear the voice
Of conscience cry, oh…
There but for the grace of God, go on

Oh… a message to your heart
Walk on by
Till you hear the voice of conscience cry, oh…
There but for the grace of God, go on

There but for the grace of God, go on
(A message to your heart)

1992


The United Kingdom competed at the Eurovision Song Contest 1992 with Michael Ball and the song “One Step Out of Time”.The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) continued to use a national final to select their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. For the 1992 UK national final for Eurovision the multi-artist format utilized since 1976 was dropped in favor of having a single act perform all the nominated songs which had been the format for the UK national final for Eurovision 1964-1975. The BBC internally selected Michael Ball. A Song For Europe held on 3 April at the BBC TV studios in London, with the winner of A Song For Europe decided through televoting.
The winning song was “One Step Out of Time”, composed by Paul Davies, Tony Ryan and Victor Stratton.He received 139 points, placing 2nd in a field of 23. Despite coming 2nd he received more 12 points that eventual winner Ireland.

lyrics
One step out of time
(One step out of time)
Ooh yeah…

Another week, another day
When I call you’re miles away
In the arms of another
All my friends say I’m crazy
Night after night I’m waitin’
You say that I’m wrong
Then you tell me that I’m comin’ on too strong

One step out of time
One reason to put this love on the line again
Can’t believe that it’s true
Now I’m one step out of time

(One step, one step out of time)
(One step, one step out of time)

When I sleep I dream of you
You’re in my mind in everything I do
Well, I still don’t feel it’s over
I know what’s right
I could be with you holdin’ you tight
Now that you’re gone
Won’t you tell me where I’ve been goin’ wrong?

One step out of time
One reason to put this love on the line again
Can’t believe that it’s true
Now I’m one step out of time

Don’t walk away, just let your heart
Decide that love is gonna stay
I know it’s right, just think about it
Girl, ooh… for a while

Another week, another day
When I call you’re miles away
And I still don’t feel that it’s over

(One step out of time)
One reason to put this love on the line
Oh… again
Can’t believe that it’s true
Now I’m one step out of time

(One step, one step out of time)
(One step, one step out of time)
One step, one step out of time
One step out of time

1993


Sonia represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1993, singing “Better the Devil You Know”. The song, chosen from a selection broadcast on A Song for Europe.The idea of having Sonia represent the United Kingdom was first breached by the fan club, Eurovision Network which polled its members as to who should sing for Europe. Sonia was the clear winner.
A Song for Europe was broadcast on April 9, 1993 although the show had been recorded the previous evening. Only the voting sequence and winning reprise was presented live. Terry Wogan hosted the event and Sonia performed all eight finalists. Several were in the uptempo style popularised by the Liverpudlian singer but the shortlist also included several ballads. “Better the Devil You Know” was the repetitive uptempo song with a fifties feel, penned by Dean Collinson and Red. It was followed by what was, allegedly, Sonia’s own favourite, the big ballad “Our World”, composed by Johnny Warman and Nick Graham.
Twenty five countries participated in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, held at the Green Glens Arena in Millstreet, Ireland on May 15. “Better the Devil You Know” was placed second with 164 points.

lyrics
Better the devil you know
(It’s better the devil, devil)
(Yeah, yeah, yeah…)
(It’s better the devil, devil)
(Yeah, yeah, yeah…)

Baby, don’t do things that make me blue
You know my love is always true
Baby, don’t do things that make me cry
I just can’t seem to sleep at night

You know I love him every day
It breaks my heart when he goes away
(Yeah, yeah, yeah…)

Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t
Aha… aha…
I’ll give you my heart and my soul if you give me your love
Aha… aha…
Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t

I tell him that I love him most every day
I’m out of my head, I don’t know what to say
He never plays around like the other guys do
He’s got the key to my heart and my love is true

You know I love him every day
It breaks my heart when he goes away
(Yeah, yeah, yeah…)

Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t
Aha… aha…
I’ll give you my heart and my soul if you give me your love
Aha… aha…

(Oh no…) Don’t tell me lies boy
(Oh no…) Don’t make me cry
(Oh no…) Don’t tell me lies boy
(Oh no…) Don’t say goodbye
Better the devil (better the devil)
Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t

You know I love him every day
It breaks my heart when he goes away
(Yeah, yeah, yeah…)

Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t
Aha… aha…
I’ll give you my heart and my soul if you give me your love
Aha… aha…

(Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t)
Oh… (aha… aha…) oh yeah…
(I’ll give you my heart and my soul if you give me your love)
Better the devil (aha… aha…), better the devil

(Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t)
(Aha… aha…) yeah…
(I’ll give you my heart and my soul if you give me your love)
I’ll give you my heart
(Aha… aha…) Ooh baby…

1994


For the Eurovision Song Contest 1994, the UK entered “Lonely Symphony (We Will Be Free)”, performed by Frances Ruffelle. It received 63 points and 10th place.The voting for the UK’s entry took place on March 18, 1994 in a show hosted by Terry Wogan. All songs were performed by Frances Ruffelle

lyrics
Lonely symphony
Walk into the box
Let your secrets out
Time for confession
Purify your soul
Denounce the devil from within
No time for aggression
Don’t wait up in vain
Love has lost its way
We live in segregation
Can’t you see the piece of dust
That crumbles in your hand is me?
Give me some affection

And though my heart is broken
My picture is forgotten
But I still believe
That I can see
A piece of me reflecting in your eye

(We will rise)
(Never fall) Never fall
(We will be free) And we will be free
(We will rise) We will rise
(Never fall again) We’ll never fall again
(We will be free) And we will be free

Welcome to the land
Where all our dreams are planned
And fighting is a thing to do
Sometimes it makes me feel
Naked like a tree in autumn
And through the clouds and rain
Love has come to stake its claim
In an ugly way
And while you dance beneath an angry star
I’m chasing rainbows across the sun

And in this mad equation
I still believe that we can be
In harmony, you and me
A chorus in your lonely symphony

(We will rise)
(Never fall) We’ll never fall
(We will be free) And we will be free
(We will rise) We will rise
(Never fall again) We’ll never fall again
(We will be free) And we will be free
(We will rise)
(Never fall) We’ll never fall
(We will be free) And we will be free

And in this mad equation
I still believe that we can be
In harmony
You and me
A chorus in your lonely symphony

(We will rise)
(Never fall) We’ll never fall
(We will be free) And we will be free
(We will rise) We will rise
(Never fall again) We’ll never fall again
(We will be free) And we will be free

We’ll never fall
We will be free
With a little love
(We will rise) We will be free
(Never fall again) We’ll never fall
(We will be free) And we will be free

1995


For the 1995 Eurovision Song Contest, the UK entered “Love City Groove”, performed by Love City Groove. It received 76 points and 10th place.
The voting for the UK’s entry took place on March 31, 1995 in a programme hosted by Terry Wogan. After three years of having one act perform all the nominated songs the UK national round for Eurovision in 1995 reverted to a multi-artist format which remains in place as of 2011.

lyrics
Love city groove
We’re really makin’, we’re really makin’
We’re really makin’, we’re really makin’
We’re really makin’, we’re really makin’
We’re really makin’ love now, uh…

Ooh, baby, you know how I been feelin’
(Ooh babe, ooh babe, ooh ooh ooh babe, ooh babe)
Ooh, baby, you know how I been feelin’
(Ooh babe, ooh babe, ooh ooh ooh babe, ooh babe)
Uh…

Baby, baby, baby, you got me goin’ crazy
I’m feelin’ kinda high, my mind is gettin’ hazy
But when I think of you, I know just what to do
You make me feel so happy when I’m feelin’ blue

You’re pickin’ me up with a kiss, a touch o’ your hand
You’re all that I want, you’re everything I planned
Like a fairy tale story, you’re the man o’ my dreams
My knight in shining armour, well, that’s how it seems

You greet me in the morning with a kiss and a smile
And for the rest of the day I’m on cloud nine
(Ooh babe, ooh babe, ooh ooh ooh babe…)
It may sound like fantasy, but to me, it’s real
And I could trust my emotions ’cause I know what I feel

What we have is special, and that it would last
Our hearts beaten as one, it’s pumpin’ blood real fast
(Ooh babe, ooh babe, ooh ooh ooh babe…)
‘Cause the connection is truly from above
And I thank God

In the mornin’ when the sun shines down on your body
I know we’re really makin’ love now
In the mornin’ when the sun shines down on your body
I know we’re really makin’ love now

Now baby, baby, when I first saw your face
I saw you had flavour and I wanted a taste of this sweet thing
But now there’s so much more
‘Cause everyday I’m thinkin’ about what my baby has in store

Trust and believe, day to day, you never doubt her
‘Cause I used to have a dream girl, but now I found her
And she’s by my side, she’s my pride, my all
Ten foot tall, that’s how I feel, I never fall, I never fell

Oh… what the hell, I’ll admit it
Love was the target and you hit it
So as I watch you sleep in the middle of the night
You open your eyes and I know it’s so right

Two hearts, two minds, two people, one love
And the way you’re makin’ me feel
It’s like you’re sent from up above
(Ooh babe, ooh babe, ooh ooh ooh babe…)
Your touch, your smell, your face, a unique breed
It’s only love but it’s all that I need

In the mornin’ when the sun shines down on your body
I know we’re really makin’ love now
In the mornin’ when the sun shines down on your body
I know we’re really makin’ love now
In the mornin’ when the sun shines down on your body
I know we’re really makin’ love now

We’re really makin’, we’re really makin’
We’re really makin’, we’re really makin’
We’re really makin’, we’re really makin’
We’re really makin’ love now, uh…

I’m glad that I been found, always wanted you around
Keepin’ me lost for words, yeah, I know how that sounds
Now I been to many places and I seen many things
But nothin’ that I know can ever make my heart sing like you do
It’s like a voodoo, you know what I’m sayin’?
Baby girl, I ain’t playin’
I’m glad that I’m the one to rock your world
‘Cause honey – yeah…

In the mornin’ when the sun shines down on your body
I know we’re really makin’ love now
In the mornin’ when the sun shines down on your body
I know we’re really makin’ love now

In the mornin’ when the sun shines down on your body
I know we’re really makin’ love now
In the mornin’ when the sun shines down on your body
I know we’re really makin’ love now

1996


The United Kingdom selected their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 1996 in Oslo, Norway with a new show, the Great British Song Contest. The winning entry was Gina G with “Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit”.At the Eurovision final in Oslo things were not so rosy and Gina had to contend with an eighth place, scoring 77 points.
Despite this result, ‘Just a Little Bit’ is one of the most successful of the UK’s entries at Eurovision, not only topping the UK singles chart but also finding success in America, where the song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in 1998.

lyrics
Ooh aah… just a little bit
You’re my love, you’re my sweetest thing
Don’t shy away, don’t shy away
Every night makes me hate the days
Can’t get enough of your love

Am I wrong, am I so unkind?
Show me the way, don’t turn away
I can’t hide all these thoughts in my mind
Every moment I’m just thinkin’ of you

(Ooh ah…) just a little bit
(Ooh ah…) a little bit more
(Ooh ah…) just a little bit
You know what I’m lookin’ for

(Ooh ah…) just a little bit
(Ooh ah…) a little bit more
(Ooh ah…) just a little bit
I give you love you can’t ignore

Feeling good, let’s go all the way
It’s got to be, set me free
But tonight let my body say:
Take it slow, don’t let it go

How can I prove my love to you?
Baby, please, you’re all I need
Like a child, but it’s more than a phase
Could act the angel, but it wouldn’t be true

(Ooh ah…) just a little bit
(Ooh ah…) a little bit more
(Ooh ah…) just a little bit
You know what I’m lookin’ for

(Ooh ah…) just a little bit
(Ooh ah…) a little bit more
(Ooh ah…) just a little bit
I give you love you can’t ignore

What can you do for me?
Oh… what can you do?
‘Cause I feel so alive
I feel your love inside
Ooh…

(Just a little bit, little bit more)
(Just a little bit)
(Just a little)
(Just a little bit, little bit more)
(Just a little bit)
(Whoa…)

(Ooh ah…) just a little bit
(Ooh ah…) a little bit more
(Ooh ah…) just a little bit
You know what I’m lookin’ for

(Ooh ah…) just a little bit
(Ooh ah…) a little bit more
(Ooh ah…) just a little bit
I give you love you can’t ignore
(Yeah yeah yeah…)

(Ooh ah…) just a little bit
(Ooh ah…) a little bit more
(Ooh ah…) just a little bit
You know what I’m lookin’ for

(Ooh ah…) just a little bit
(Ooh ah…) a little bit more
Just a little bit

1997


The United Kingdom’s entry into the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest was Love Shine a Light by Katrina & the Waves. During this year the UK won the song contest which was being held in Dublin, Ireland, with an unprecedented 227 points. The UK sang at position 24. The lead singer was Katrina Leskanich The 1997 contest marked the last win for the United Kingdom.

lyrics
Love shine a light
Love, shine a light in every corner of my heart
Let the love light carry, let the love light carry
Light up the magic in every little part
Let our love shine a light in every corner of our hearts

Love, shine a light in every corner of my dream
Let the love light carry, let the love light carry
Like the mighty river flowin’ from the stream
Let our love shine a light in every corner of my dream

And we’re all gonna shine a light together
All shine a light to light the way
Brothers and sisters in every little part
Let our love shine a light in every corner of our hearts

Love, shine a light in every corner of the world
Let the love light carry, let the love light carry
Light up the magic for every boy and girl
Let our love shine a light in every corner of the world

And we’re all gonna shine a light together
All shine a light to light the way
Brothers and sisters in every little part
Let our love shine a light in every corner of our hearts

And we’re all gonna shine a light together
All shine a light to light the way
Brothers and sisters in every little part
Let our love shine a light in every corner of our hearts

Shine a light in every corner of our hearts

1998


For the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest, the UK entered “Where Are You?”, performed by Imaani. It received 166 points and 2nd place.
The UK selection heat, The Great British Song Contest, was held on 15 March 1998 and was hosted by Terry Wogan and Ulrika Jonsson.

lyrics
Where are you?
I see your picture in a frame
I see a face without a name
Riding alone on an empty train
Where are you?

I live in a house of broken hearts
Leaves are falling in the park
Every day is a question mark
Where are you?

I would drive through the rain (to find you)
Walk a desert plain (behind you)
You could unlock these chains (I’m tied to)
Where are you now?

Through the storm I call your name (to guide you)
Love could be the flame (beside you)
If you unlock these chains (I’m tied to)
Where are you now?

Lying in my room at night
Silhouettes are dressed in white
Waiting for the morning light
Where are you?

Each day you will live and learn
As the wheels of heaven turn
For you my candle burns
Where are you?

I would drive through the rain (to find you)
Walk a desert plain (behind you)
You could unlock these chains (I’m tied to)
Where are you now?

Through the storm I call your name (to guide you)
Love could be the flame (beside you)
If you unlock these chains (I’m tied to)
Where are you now?

(So near) so near
(So far) so far
Out there I can almost touch you
You’re here in my mind all the time
Where are you now?

(I would drive through the rain) to find you
(Walk a desert plain behind you)
You could unlock these chains (I’m tied to)
Where are you now?

Through the storm (I call your name to guide you)
Love could be the flame (beside you)
If you unlock these chains (I’m tied to)
Where are you?
Where are you now?

(I would drive through the rain to find you)
(Walk a desert plain behind you)
If you unlock these chains (I’m tied to)
Where are you now?

Through the storm (I call your name to guide you)
Love could be the flame (beside you)
(If you unlock these chains)

1999


The United Kingdom competed in the Eurovision Song Contest 1999, represented by girlgroup Precious with “Say It Again”. The song was the winner of the Great British Song Contest 1999, held on 7 March.The British National Final, The Great British Song Contest, was held on March 7, and was presented by Ulrika Jonsson, who had presented the previous year’s Eurovision.
In Jerusalem, the group finished 12th. They had limited success afterwards and split up in 2000. After they split, Jenny Frost joined Atomic Kitten, replacing the outgoing Kerry Katona. Sophie McDonnell became a children’s TV presenter, hosting CBBC and 50/50, and Anya Lahiri returned to her modelling roots, and went into acting as well.

lyrics
Say it again
Say it again…

I know I heard you right
I’ve been a-lyin’ awake at night
Thinkin’ about three words you said to me…

I know it’s hard for you
Sometimes you gotta let the feeling through
I wanna know exactly how you feel
Ooh yeah

I’ve tried to be patient
And give you a little more time
Now I need to be sure
What’s on your mind

Say it again (say it)
Say the words I heard you whisper
Say it again (say it)
When last night we were together
Lyin’ next to me, you said to me
(Say it) say it again

I knew right from the start
You were livin’ with a broken heart
But baby, I knew, could take some time to heal…

But now I must confess
The way you’re fillin’ me with happiness
Think that we could be startin’ somethin’ real
Ooh yeah…

I’ve tried to be patient
And give you a little more time
Now I need to be sure
What’s on your mind

Say it again (say it)
Say the words I heard you whisper
Say it again (say it)
When last night we were together
Lyin’ next to me, you said to me
(Say it) say it again

And I just need to be sure
That you’re mine forever
All I’m asking you for
Is to tell me whether
I should be trustin’ in you
Tell me if the words you whispered were true
Whoh

(Say it, say it, say it, say it…)

Say it again (say it)
Say the words I heard you whisper
Say it again (say it)
When last night we were together
Lyin’ next to me, you said to me
(Say it)

Say it again (say it)
Say the words I heard you whisper
Say it again (say it)
When last night we were together
Lyin’ next to me, you said to me
(Say it) say it again

2000


For the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest, the UK entered “Don’t Play That Song Again”, performed by Nicki French. It received 28 points and 16th place in Stockholm.
The UK selection heat, A Song for Europe, was held on February 20, 2000 and was hosted by Katy Hill.

lyrics
Don’t play that song again
Once I had a dream
I thought we had everything
Living such a perfect life
We had it all
And our love took flight
Deep into the night

Now I’m alone again
But I’m… I’m gonna be strong
And the tears that I have cried
You’ll never see
Oh… but crying in vain was never for me

Don’t play that song again
Reminding me of how it used to be
Don’t play that song again
I wish it could be like before
When you were here with me, oh yeah
Oh deejay, please don’t play
Don’t play that song again (song again)

Time, time changes everything
And that’s what they say
But it’s too late for regrets
When all’s said and done
It just wasn’t meant to be
Now I’m the lonely one

Don’t play that song again
Reminding me of how it used to be
Don’t play that song again
I wish it could be like before
When you were here with me, oh yeah
Oh deejay, please don’t play
Don’t play that song again

Don’t play that song again
Reminding me of how it used to be
Don’t play that song again
I wish it could be like before
When you were here with me, oh yeah
Oh deejay, please don’t play
Don’t play that song again (song again)

No… oh deejay, please don’t play
Don’t play that song again
That song again
Don’t play that song again…

2001


For the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest, the UK entered “No Dream Impossible”, performed by Lindsay D. It received 28 points and 15th place.The UK semi-final was held on BBC Radio 2 on January 26, hosted by Terry Wogan and Ken Bruce.

lyrics
No dream impossible
No dream impossible
No dream impossible

No dream, no dream
(Be strong, on and on)
(Keep pushing, on and on)
(Be strong, on and on)
(Keep pushing, holding on)

We look for the highest
We follow the straightest road
We danced with the angels
Where heaven touches the end of the world

We look to the future
We reach for eternity
There in the distance
Everything was so clear to me

If we keep holding on
Have faith in ourselves
Be strong, be free

No dream impossible
No dream impossible
As long as you’re living with hope in your heart
In dreams we’re untouchable
Forever invincible
If you believe with love in your heart
There’s no dream impossible

(Hey you, have you got a dream?)
(When you wake in the day)
(Is it as bad as it seemed in the night?)
Have you got a dream in ya heart?
(When you’re fighting for your life) hold on
(Lotta strife) ooh yeah
(Don’t give up, when things gettin’ tough)
(The city is a jungle and the strong survive)
Gotta be strong, keep holding on

(Keep on, holding on) keep strong
(Keep pushing, on and on) you’re alive
(Keep on, holding on)
You’re alive…

No dream impossible
No dream impossible
As long as you’re livin’ with hope in your heart
(You’ve got to have hope in your heart)

In dreams we’re untouchable
(In dreams we’re untouchable)
Forever invincible
If you believe with love in your heart
There’s no dream impossible
(Keep on, holding on)
(Keep pushing, on and on)
There’s no dream impossible

2002


The United Kingdom competed at the Eurovision Song Contest 2002, represented by Jessica Garlick with the song “Come Back”.The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) continued to use a national final, A Song for Europe, to select their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, continuing with the format of a radio semi-final with eight songs, with the top four songs, selected by televoting, progressing to the televised final.
The semi-final of A Song for Europe 2002 was held on 1 February 2002 on BBC Radio 2, hosted by Terry Wogan and Ken Bruce.The final was held on 3 March 2002 at the BBC TV Centre in London, hosted by Claire Sweeney and Christopher Price. The winner was Jessica Garlick with her song “Come Back”, gaining a total of 67,798 votes, almost 40,000 more than second-place Tricia Penrose.
She received 111 points at the close of the voting, coming joint 3rd place with host country Estonia. This was the best result for the UK since 1998 and the best result for the UK in the 2000s.

lyrics
Come back
We both made the same mistakes
And believe me, I know it
I’ve come to depend on you
In my eyes, can you see
That someone’s still hurting me?
What can I say
That will make up for letting you down?
I just want you to know

So come back (come back)
If you love me
How will I survive without you
(Without you)

Baby, come back (come back)
If you need me
Maybe I was wrong
And I tried to pretend, but
Always in my heart
I know that I want you
Come back…

Tomorrow’s another day, still I
Can’t believe that I told you
And that was my big mistake
Every hour, every day
What can I do to make it through?
Oh, the days seem so long
I miss you so bad
And it’s breaking my heart

So come back (come back)
If you love me
(How will I survive)
How will I survive without you?
(Without you?)
Baby, come back (come back)
If you need me
(How will I survive)
How will I survive without you?
(Without you, without you?)
Baby, come back (come back)
If you need me

Maybe I was wrong
And I tried to pretend, but
Always in my heart
I know that I want you
Come back (come back)
Before you break my heart

Oh, come back…

2003


United Kingdom participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2003. They used A Song For Europe to choose their entry. The winner was Liverpudlian duo Jemini with the song Cry Baby. The song went on to gain the worst placing ever for the United Kingdom – last place with no points.
Nikki French, the singer who represented the United Kingdom in 2000 expressed her interest to participate again, and had submitted two songs to the selection.The fee for sending in a song was £110, and under £20 if you were 17 or under.Between 27 January 2003 and 30 January 2003 the eight songs in the semi final were played on BBC Radio 2 and were available to listen to online. On 31 January 2003 on a show hosted by Ken Bruce and Terry Wogan, both the radio and television commentators for the Eurovision Song Contest in the United Kingdom. Over 30,000 votes were cast during the show to find the four finalists for A Song For Europe.
A number of changes were made to the line up before the final on 2 March 2003. Tricity changed their name to Jemini, due to one member leaving the act. Esther Hart was also replaced as she decided take part in the Dutch selection, and went on to represent Netherlands in the contest with One More Night. She was replaced with the group United Colors Of Sound, who were Jessica Garlick’s backing singers the year before.The final was held on 2 March 2003 by Terry Wogan.
At Eurovision, the song fared badly and gained the worst result ever for the United Kingdom last, with the infamous nul points. Some blame the United Kingdoms involvement in the Iraq War the reason why no points were given to the song and others put it down to just a bad song. The female half of Jemini put it down that the monitors were switched off, so was unable to hear the backing track in her earpiece. The duo’s dressing room was also attacked by vandals after the contest had ended.

After Eurovision, Gemma works in a car showroom and Chris currently works in a clothes shop.

lyrics
Cry baby
Love, love’s not enough
I need your trust
But you don’t try anymore

Hon, you still turn me on
Though your love has gone
And I don’t wanna cry anymore
I thought our love would last forever

Bye-bye, baby
Lied to me, baby
Must have been crazy
Baby, bye-bye

Cry, cry, baby
Lied to me, baby
Survive without you, baby
Baby, bye, baby, bye-bye

You’re living a lie
You won’t say goodbye
You just keep me hanging on

I’ve got my whole life to live
Got more love to give
Got to get a life of my own

I know you’re looking for something else
Not gonna settle for anything less, so…

Bye-bye, baby
You lied to me, baby
I must have been crazy
Baby, bye-bye
(It’s your turn to cry)

Cry, cry, baby
You lied to me, baby
I’ll survive without you, baby
Baby, bye, baby, bye-bye

Bye-bye, baby
You lied to me, baby
I must have been crazy, bye-bye
Baby, bye-bye
(It’s your turn to cry)

Cry, cry, baby
You lied to me, baby
I’ll survive without you, baby
Baby, bye, baby, bye-bye

I’ve had enough of baby love
I need a love that is strong and tough
Someone to hold me when things get rough
I need a love that is big enough

Bye-bye, baby
Bye-bye, baby
(It’s your turn to cry)
Cry, cry, baby
Cry, cry, baby
(Baby, goodbye)

Bye-bye, baby
Lied to me, baby
Must have been crazy
Baby, bye-bye

Cry, cry, baby
Lied to me, baby
Survive without you, baby
Baby, bye, baby, bye-bye
Baby, bye-bye

Cry, cry, baby
You lied to me
I must have been crazy
Baby, it’s your turn to cry

Cry, cry, baby
(Oh no)
Cry, cry, baby
(I don’t wanna cry)
Cry, cry, baby
Baby, bye, baby, bye-bye

Oh, baby, bye-bye
(Oh yeah, don’t wanna cry no more)
Oh, baby, bye-bye

Cry, baby
Cry, baby
Cry, baby
Cry, baby
Cry, baby

2004


The United Kingdom held a national preselection to choose the song that would go to the Eurovision Song Contest 2004. It was held on February 28, 2004 and presented by Terry Wogan and Gaby Roslin. The show was called “Making Your Mind Up”, in homage to the UK’s 1981 winner, and was won by James Fox.In the Eurovision Song Contest itself, the song received 29 points and finished in 16th place.

lyrics
Hold on to our love
Maybe I’ve been foolish letting you down
I’ve been a little selfish not being around
But if I lost you, I’d be helpless inside
Gotta hold on to our love tonight

‘Cause now that I’ve found that someone I believe in
And I feel so complete by your side
It’s the only time I’ve ever loved somebody, baby, in my life
We gotta hold on to our love tonight

I know that you’ve been hurting
The pain’s in your eyes
I promise you I’m changing, I feel it inside
I don’t know what I would do if it all passes by
We gotta hold on to our love tonight

‘Cause now that I’ve found that someone I believe in
And I feel so complete by your side
It’s the only time I’ve ever loved somebody, baby, in my life
We gotta hold on to our love tonight

Some things in life we should treasure
When you find love, never let it go
Because now I realise what you mean to me

‘Cause now that I’ve found that someone I believe in
And I feel so complete by your side
It’s the only time I’ve ever loved somebody, baby, in my life
We gotta hold on to our love tonight

‘Cause now that I’ve found that someone I believe in
And I feel so complete by your side
It’s the only time I’ve ever loved somebody, baby, in my life
We gotta hold on to our love tonight
We gotta hold on to our love tonight

2005


The United Kingdom was represented in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 by “Touch My Fire” performed by Javine.Javine Hylton was born on 27 December 1981 and as a yougster enjoyed listening to her mother’s collection of soul and reggae albums.
Making Your Mind Up 2005 was held on 5 March 2005, presented by Terry Wogan and Natasha Kaplinsky. The five acts taking part were Andy Scott-Lee, Australian-born Gina G (who famously represented the United Kingdom in 1996, coming 8th with “Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit”), Javine, Katie Price (otherwise known as Jordan), and Tricolore.The final was won by Javine, who represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 final in Kiev, Ukraine with the song “Touch My Fire”. The song was written by Javine, who also composed it with John Themis.
At the final of the Contest, the song received 18 points and finished in 22nd place. The spokesperson who revealed the United Kingdom’s votes for other countries was Cheryl Baker, part of Bucks Fizz which won the 1981 Contest for the United Kingdom.

lyrics
Touch my fire
Do you really wanna feel my flow? Oh oh oh…
You know its the only way to go so get with the show
Are you the kinda guy who’s got that flare? Yeah…

Get your groove on
Get a move on
Whoah, yeah…

Touch my fire – can you feel the heat?
My crazy rhythm’s gonna knock you off your feet
Come on and touch my fire – why don’t you break away?
Burn all your troubles, say goodbye to yesterday

Are you easy come and easy go? Oh oh oh…
Come on let the music grab ya from your head to your toes
No need to rush, take it nice and slow, feel that beat

Get your groove on
Get a move on
Whoah, yeah…

Come with me, I’ll take you there
Touch my fire

Touch my fire – can you feel the heat?
My crazy rhythm’s gonna knock you off your feet
Come on and touch my fire – why don’t you break away?
Burn all your troubles, say goodbye to yesterday

Touch my fire – can you feel the heat?
My crazy rhythm’s gonna knock you off your feet
Come on and touch my fire – why don’t you break away?
Burn all your troubles, say goodbye to yesterday

Touch my fire
Touch my fire
Oh… here we go
C’mon and touch
C’mon and touch my fire…
You’re gonna touch my fire

Touch my fire – can you feel the heat?
My crazy rhythm’s gonna knock you off your feet
Come on and touch my fire – why don’t you break away?
Burn all your troubles, say goodbye to yesterday

Touch my fire – can you feel the heat?
My crazy rhythm’s gonna knock you off your feet
Come on and touch my fire – why don’t you break away?
Burn all your troubles, say goodbye to yesterday

Touch my fire

2006


The United Kingdom was represented at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 by Daz Sampson with the song “Teenage Life”.The United Kingdom was represented at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 by Daz Sampson with the song “Teenage Life”.The show was hosted by Terry Wogan and Natasha Kaplinsky.
Even prior to the actual broadcast of the show, allegations emerged that both the winning song, Teenage Life, and the runner-up, It’s a Beautiful Thing, had both been commercially released prior to 1 October 2005, which would disqualify either song from representing the UK under European Broadcasting Union (EBU) rules. The claims were made by a Eurovision news website http://www.oikotimes.com, although the BBC responded with a rebuttal of the claims.
At the end of the contest, the song finished 19th with a respectable 25 points. Although lowly placed, the United Kingdom still managed to receive points from ten different countries. Coming up to the 1,000th song, the United Kingdom’s entry this year was the 994th song in the Eurovision Song Contest’s history.

lyrics
Teenage life

Now hear this

“What did you learn at school today?”
That’s what the teachers used to say
But they don’t know, don’t understand, do they?
Why do they always give advice?
Saying: “Just be nice, always think twice”
When it’s been a long time since they had a teenage life

“What did you learn at school today?”
That’s what the teachers used to say
But they don’t know, don’t understand, do they?
Why do they always give advice?
Saying: “Just be nice, always think twice”
When it’s been a long time since they had a teenage life

Dwelling on the past, from back when I was young
Thinking of my school days and trying to write this song
Classroom schemes and dreams, man, they couldn’t save me
‘Cause my days were numbered when I signed down on Avy
Teenage kicks running out, what could we do?
I still show respect to my boys who made it through
And getting told off Mr T how my life would be
Then giving him a signal, so everyone could see
Sunshine and shade, those girls I’d serenade
Thinking of those sixth form chicks that misbehave
Hoping that those days would go on and on forever
Every day something new, just friends running together
But suddenly school ends, your teenage life gone
All your mates are growing up now, they’re moving on
And now I’m looking back, I’ll tell you what I know
Do you listen to your teacher? No, I don’t think so

“What did you learn at school today?”
That’s what the teachers used to say
But they don’t know, don’t understand, do they?
Why do they always give advice?
Saying: “Just be nice, always think twice”
When it’s been a long time since they had a teenage life

Now if you treat the kids fine, together they will shine
Ooh ooh ooh… shine
And if you give the kids time, they won’t do the crime
Won’t do the crime

Now my bad old ways were during my school days
Messing on those grade A’s, my life is just a haze
I’m going through the struggle, five ten and kicking back
So I could lock my flow, lace it up now on the track
Oh yeah, I felt the pain, whilst chasing all the fame
I’m being told I’m nothing, just a player in the game
But now I walk tall, stand proud for you to see
I’m driving these fast cars, it’s five stars for me

“What did you learn at school today?”
That’s what the teachers used to say
But they don’t know, don’t understand, do they?
Why do they always give advice?
Saying: “Just be nice, always think twice”
When it’s been a long time since they had a teenage life

2007


The United Kingdom chose their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 on the BBC programme Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up. The six initial acts were reduced to two after a public vote. The two remaining acts participated in a final sing-off – and a final public vote decided the winner of the competition which was Scooch with their song “Flying the Flag (for You)”. The United Kingdom finished 23rd, second to last in the competition, they did, however, receive the maximum award of 12 points from Malta. This is the first time since Jessica Garlick in 2002, that the UK received 12 points from a country.

lyrics
Flying the flag (for you)
(This is your captain speaking)
(I’d like to welcome you aboard this Eurovision flight)
(The duration will be three minutes exactly)
(Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight)

Babada babada… badada babada…
Babada babada… (Duty free, madam?)
Yeah yeah yeah yeah…
Babada babada… badada babada…
Babada babada…

We’re flying the flag
All over the world
Flying the flag for you

London to Berlin
All the way from Paris to Tallinn
Helsinki on to Prague
Don’t matter where we are
Yeah yeah yeah…

Flying high in Amsterdam
Why don’t you catch us if you can?
(Catch us if you can)
Now we’re cruising in the sky
And we’re singing it for you

Babada babada… badada babada…
Babada babada… (Some salted nuts, sir?)
Yeah yeah yeah yeah…
Babada babada… badada babada…
Babada babada…

We’re flying the flag
All over the world
Flying the flag for you
(Would you like a complimentary drink with your meal, sir?)

We’re flying the flag
All over the world
Flying the flag for you

(Ladies and gentlemen, your exits are here, here and here)
(To fasten your seatbelt, insert the fitting)
(To use the life vest, slip it over your head)
(Pull firmly on the red cord and blow into the mouthpiece)

Babada babada… badada babada…
Babada babada… (We wish you a very pleasurable journey)
Yeah yeah yeah yeah…
Babada babada… badada babada…
Babada babada…

We’re flying the flag
All over the world
Flying the flag for you

We’re flying the flag (Yes, we’re flying)
All over the world (Take you all around the world)
Flying the flag for you
(Would you like something to suck on for landing, sir?)

We’re flying the flag (Yes, we’re flying)
All over the world (Take you all around the world)
Flying the flag for you
(We’d like to thank you for flying with us today)

2008


The United Kingdom chose their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 on the BBC programme Eurovision: Your Decision. It replaced the former selection programme, Making Your Mind Up after a string of bad results. It was broadcast on BBC One on Saturday 1 March 2008.The United Kingdom chose their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 on the BBC programme Eurovision: Your Decision. It replaced the former selection programme, Making Your Mind Up after a string of bad results. It was broadcast on BBC One on Saturday 1 March 2008.
The United Kingdom’s entry finished in 25th position with 14 points, joint last with Germany and Poland. Following Eurovision tie-breaking rules, the United Kingdom was placed last overall as it had fewer 12-point votes than Germany and fewer 10-point votes than Poland.BBC Eurovision host Terry Wogan called Abraham’s song Even If “the best UK entry for a while”, expressed frustration with the contest result and suggested that Britain follows Italy’s suit and no longer enter the competition.

lyrics
Even if
You’re keeping me fascinated
Know I’m runnin’ all over town
I feel so intoxicated
I’m strugglin’ to keep my feet on the ground

I’m not playin’, girl
This ain’t no game at all
And for the first time
I’m not looking for love

So come here, baby, listen to me
I just want ya to believe me

Even if the world stops lovin’
I could never stop lovin’ you
Even if the sun stops risin’
I still wanna wake up with you
Yeah…

Even if my heart was breakin’
I could never break your heart too
Even if all words lost their meaning
You would understand I love you
Yes, I do

Your sensuality thrills me
It strips me to my soul
And so reality cures me
Your lovin’ takes a hold
I’m barely in control

I’m not pretendin’, girl
That ain’t what’s goin’ on
There’s no room for lies
Ain’t no room at all

So come here, baby, listen to me
I just want ya to believe me

(Even if the world stops lovin’)
I could never stop lovin’ you
Even if the sun stops risin’
I still wanna wake up with you

Even if my heart was breaking
I could never break your heart too, no, no
Even if all words lost their meaning
You would understand I love you
Yes, I do

(Break it down, break it down)
(Girl, you gotta know) Yes, I do
(This time we’ll break it down, break it down)
(This time we’re through the floor) Hey yeah…

(Break it down, break it down)
(Girl, you gotta know) Help me break it down
(This time we’ll break it down, break it down)
(This time we’re through the floor) Ooh yeah…

(Even if the world stops lovin’)
(I could never stop lovin’ you) I could never stop lovin’ you
(Even if the sun stops risin’)
(I still wanna wake up with you) I will always wake up, baby

Even if my heart was breakin’
(I could never break your heart too) Aha, aha, aha baby, baby
Even if all words lost their meaning
You would understand I love you

2009


The United Kingdom and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) confirmed their participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, despite their last place finish in 2008. Jade Ewen was selected on 31 January 2009, to represent the UK at Eurovision with “It’s My Time”, a song composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics written by Diane Warren. Coming fifth out of the forty-two countries participating, the United Kingdom achieved their highest placing since 2002, when they placed third.
The BBC announced that a new, X Factor style national selection would be used to find the British representative for 2009. A call for singers was made on BBC One on 18 October 2008 before the dancing programme Strictly Come Dancing by Andrew Lloyd Webber in a ‘Queen’s Speech’ style presentation.
At the contest, Jade was accompanied on stage by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who played the piano during the performance. Jade wore a dress that was designed by the designer Amanda Wakeley. Arlene Philips was hired to choreograph the final performance.
At the end of voting, the UK received 173 points, placing it fifth; however, the UK would have finished 3rd with 223 points if only the juries’ votes had counted. The show received an average of 7.8 million viewers, which is a 35.3% share of the UK TV audience.

lyrics
My time
I’ve been down, down so long
But those days are gone now
I’ve got the will, I’ve earned the right
To show you it’s my time tonight

It’s my time, it’s my time
My moment, I’m not gonna let go of it
My time, it’s my time
And I’ll stand proud
There’s nothing I’m afraid of
I’ll show you what I’m made of
Show you all it’s my time now

I’ll break through, I’ve made my move
And my faith is strong now
I’ve got the heart to reach the heights
To show you it’s my time tonight

It’s my time, it’s my time
My moment, I’m not gonna let go of it
My time, it’s my time
And I’ll stand proud
There’s nothing I’m afraid of
I’ll show you what I’m made of
Show you all it’s my time now

I’ve got the will, I’ve earned the right
Tonight, tonight

It’s my time, it’s my time
My moment, I’m not gonna let go of it
My time, it’s my time
And I’ll stand proud
There’s nothing I’m afraid of
I’ll show you what I’m made of
Show you all it’s my time now

I’ll show you all it’s my time now

2010


The United Kingdom participated at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, held in Oslo, Norway in May. The BBC announced on 29 January after months of speculation that British record producer and songwriter Pete Waterman would write the UK entry for the 2010 Contest.The song, “That Sounds Good to Me”, was performed on 12 March 2010 on Eurovision: Your Country Needs You, where Josh Dubovie was selected to represent the UK at Eurovision over five other finalists. The song came in last place. The song was 12th in the line-up for the Grand Final.

lyrics
That sounds good to me
How do I begin to imagine all the happy faces I’d like to see?
The final destination, the sounds of celebration
If I could find the opportunity

So i wonder, who can I turn to?
Who can make these wishes and dreams come true?
And when you’re there beside me, loving hands to guide me
Anything is possible to do

So if you bring the sunshine I’ll bring the good times
Just add your laughter, it’s happy-ever-after
I don’t know ’bout you but that sounds good to me

I can feel it coming together
All the love been working so very well
There’s nothing left to do now, gonna see it through now
Don’t wait and let the future right itself

Baby, if you bring the sunshine I’ll bring the good times
Just add your laughter, it’s happy-ever-after
I don’t know ’bout you but that sounds good to me
Oh…

So if you bring the sunshine I’ll bring the good times
Just add your laughter, it’s happy-ever-after
I don’t know ’bout you (sounds good to me)
I don’t know ’bout you
I don’t know ’bout you but that sounds good to me
That sounds good to me

2011


The United Kingdom participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany, sending their 54th entry to the contest. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the broadcaster responsible for the United Kingdom entry, internally selected successful boy band Blue to compete at Eurovision, where they performed the song “I Can”. Their selection was reported on 29 January 2011, and their song was publicly performed for the first time on 11 March.
Being one of the favourites to win the contest,the United Kingdom finished in 5th place in the public vote of the final with 166 points and 11th in the 50/50 jury split, receiving a total of 100 points from 25 of 43 votes.[6] Had only the jury decided the outcome, “I Can” would have finished in 22nd place.

lyrics
I can
(Ge-ge-ge-get back up again)
(Ge-ge-ge-get back up again)

You were the eyes in the face of fortune
I lost my way and I couldn’t find you
Oh… oh no

We’re not the first ones to be divided
Won’t be the last to be reunited
Oh… oh no

It’s like rain fallin’ down
Drops of pain hit the ground
I can’t speak, there’s no sound when you’re gone
(Yeah, yeah, come on)

I can, I will
I know I can untie these hands
Ge-ge-ge-get back up again
I can, I will
I know I can untie these hands
Ge-ge-ge-get back up again

I can, oh
I can
(Get back up again)

I’ve never lost anything quite like this
No second chances if I don’t find it
No, oh no, no

You closed the door and you kept on walkin’
Left me behind and there’s no more talkin’
No , oh no (Oh no)

It’s like rain fallin’ down
Drops of pain hit the ground
I can’t speak, there’s no sound when you’re gone

I can, I will
I know I can untie these hands
Ge-ge-ge-get back up again

I can, I will
I know I can untie these hands
Ge-ge-ge-get back up again
(Come on)

I can, oh
I can
(Get back up again)

We’re not the first ones to be divided, oh
Won’t be the last to be reunited, no
(Come again, one more time)
When you’re gone
(Come on)

I can, I will
I know I can untie these hands
Ge-ge-ge-get back up again
I can, I will
I know I can untie these hands
Ge-ge-ge-get back up again

I can, I can
Ge-ge-ge-get back up again

2012


On 26 February 2012, it was reported by the Daily Star Sunday that girl band Atomic Kitten are to be this year’s entry for Eurovision. These rumours were later denied by all individual members of Atomic Kitten themselves.On 1 March 2012, following speculation from fans as to when the news would be announced, BBC revealed the announcement of the chosen representative would be later that day, with Eurovision.tv also confirming they would release the news simultaneously. It was revealed later that day that Engelbert Humperdinck was to represent the UK in Baku.
Humperdinck was drawn to perform first in the line-up. At the end of the contest, the song finished in 25th place with only 12 points, ahead of only Norway, who came last.
It was reported that after the Grand Final Humperdinck refused to turn up at the after party at Euroclub and went straight to his hotel room in disappointment. The next day Humperdinck attended a lavish party as the guest of honour hosted by Azerbaijani Singer Emin Agalarov at a luxury resort just outside of Baku. Humperdinck was said to have been in good spirit drinking his favourite wine and even received a round of applause from all the other contestants when he arrived at the party.
On 18 June the EBU revealed the split televoting and jury results of the contest. In the final it was revealed that the United Kingdom had placed 21st in the televoting with 36 points, however placed last with the juries with only 11 points, leading to a combined finish of 25th place.

lyrics
Love will set you free
So graceful and pure
A smile bathed in light
No matter the distance
A miracle of sight

Though I should have known
I could not turn away
When faced with your beauty
No reason can stay

As you kiss him in the moonlight
With heavy words I say

If you love someone, follow your heart
‘Cause love comes once if you’re lucky enough
Though I’ll miss you forever, the hurt will run deep
Only love can set you free

Trust in your dreams
Run with no fear
And if you should stumble
Remember I’m near

As a ghost I will walk
I’ll look deep in my soul
I might find another
You gave me that hope

So as you kiss him in the moonlight
With heavy words I say

If you love someone, follow your heart
Because love comes once, if you’re lucky enough
Though I’ll miss you forever and the hurt will run deep
Only love can set you free

And if you love someone, follow your heart
‘Cause love comes once, if you’re lucky enough
Though I’ll miss you forever, the hurt will run deep
Love will set you free, yeah….

2013

lyrics

United Kingdomthe real results

United Kingdom 1957 Patricia Bredin All 6 7
United Kingdom 1959 Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson Sing Little Birdie 16 2
United Kingdom 1960 Bryan Johnson Looking High, High, High 25 2
United Kingdom 1961 The Allisons Are You Sure? 24 2
United Kingdom 1962 Ronnie Carroll Ring-A-Ding Girl 10 4
United Kingdom 1963 Ronnie Carroll Say Wonderful Things 28 4
United Kingdom 1964 Matt Monro I Love The Little Things 17 2
United Kingdom 1965 Kathy Kirby I Belong 26 2
United Kingdom 1966 Kenneth McKellar A Man Without Love 8 9
United Kingdom 1967 Sandie Shaw Puppet On A String 47 1
United Kingdom 1968 Cliff Richard Congratulations 28 2
United Kingdom 1969 Lulu Boom Bang-A-Bang 18 1
United Kingdom 1970 Mary Hopkin Knock Knock – Who’s There? 26 2
United Kingdom 1971 Clodagh Rodgers Jack In The Box 98 4
United Kingdom 1972 New Seekers Beg, Steal Or Borrow 114 2
United Kingdom 1973 Cliff Richard Power To All Our Friends 123 3
United Kingdom 1974 Olivia Newton-John Long Live Love 14 4
United Kingdom 1975 The Shadows Let Me Be The One 138 2
United Kingdom 1976 Brotherhood of Man Save Your Kisses For Me 164 1
United Kingdom 1977 Lynsey de Paul & Mike Moran Rock Bottom 121 2
United Kingdom 1978 Co-Co The Bad Old Days 61 11
United Kingdom 1979 Black Lace Mary Ann 73 7
United Kingdom 1980 Primadonna Love Enough For Two 106 3
United Kingdom 1981 Bucks Fizz Making Your Mind Up 136 1
United Kingdom 1982 Bardo One Step Further 76 7
United Kingdom 1983 Sweet Dreams I’m Never Giving Up 79 6
United Kingdom 1984 Belle & The Devotions Love Games 63 7
United Kingdom 1985 Vikki Watson Love Is 100 4
United Kingdom 1986 Ryder Runner In The Night 72 7
United Kingdom 1987 Rikki Only The Light 47 13
United Kingdom 1988 Scott Fitzgerald Go 136 2
United Kingdom 1989 Live Report Why Do I Always Get It Wrong? 130 2
United Kingdom 1990 Emma Give A Little Love Back To The World 87 6
United Kingdom 1991 Samantha Janus A Message To Your Heart 47 10
United Kingdom 1992 Michael Ball One Step Out Of Time 139 2
United Kingdom 1993 Sonia Better The Devil You Know 164 2
United Kingdom 1994 Frances Ruffelle We Will Be Free 63 10
United Kingdom 1995 Love City Groove Love City Groove 76 10
United Kingdom 1996 Gina G Ooh Aah … Just A Little Bit 77 8
United Kingdom 1997 Katrina & The Waves Love Shine A Light 227 1
United Kingdom 1998 Imaani Where Are You? 166 2
United Kingdom 1999 Precious Say It Again 38 12
United Kingdom 2000 Nikki French Don’t Play That Song Again 28 16
United Kingdom 2001 Lindsay No Dream Impossible 28 15
United Kingdom 2002 Jessica Garlick Come Back 111 3
United Kingdom 2003 Jemini Cry baby 0 26
United Kingdom 2004 James Fox Hold On To Your Love 29 16
United Kingdom 2005 Javine Touch My Fire 18 22
United Kingdom 2006 Daz Sampson Teenage Life 25 19
United Kingdom 2007 Scooch Flying The Flag 19 22
United Kingdom 2008 Andy Abraham Even If 14 23
United Kingdom 2009 Jade Ewen My Time 173 5
United Kingdom 2010 Josh That sounds good to me 10 25
United Kingdom 2011 Blue I can 100 11
United Kingdom 2012 Engelbert Humperdinck Love will set you free 12 25

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