The United Kingdom held a national preselection to choose the song that would go to the Eurovision Song Contest 1976. It took place on 25 February 1976 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. For the first time since 1964 a single act did not perform each of the nominated songs with rather each song being performed by a different act. Michael Aspel acted as presenter for the event.
A Song for Europe was watched in 6.3 million homes (giving it a general viewing figure of 12.6 million viewers), and finishing as the 18th-most watched programme of the week.
« Save Your Kisses for Me » won the national final, performed on stage with dance moves and four brightly dressed singers, it ultimately went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest itself and become a UK No1 single, the group had a 3 UK No1 singles including one prior and one after this.
Michael Aspel also provided the television commentary for the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest for BBC 1, Terry Wogan once again provided the radio commentary for BBC Radio 2 listeners and Andrew Pastouna provided commentary for British Forces Radio. Ray Moore acted as spokesperson for the UK Jury results.
Fourteen regional juries voted on the songs: Bristol, Bangor, Leeds, Norwich, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Birmingham, Manchester, Belfast, Cardiff, Plymouth, Glasgow, Southampton and London.
|Polly Brown||Do You Believe in Love at First Sight||10||71|
|Brotherhood of Man||Save Your Kisses for Me||1||140|
|Hazel Dean||I Couldn’t Live Without You for a Day||8||77|
|Champagne||A Love for All Seasons||8||77|
|Frank Ifield||Ain’t Gonna Take No for an Answer||12||21|
|Tammy Jones||Love’s a Carousel||6||97|
|Joey Valentine||Going to the Movies||11||52|
|Sweet Dreams||Love, Kiss and Run||4||109|
|Louise Jane White||Take the Money and Run||5||100|
|Tony Christie||Queen of the Mardi Gras||3||129|
|The table is ordered by appearance.|
The songs were backed by the Alyn Ainsworth Orchestra. A Song for Europe was watched in 6.3 million homes (giving it a general viewing figure of 12.6 million viewers), and finishing as the 18th-most watched programme of the week. « Save Your Kisses for Me » won the national final and ultimately went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest itself.
Points Awarded to the United Kingdom
|12 points||10 points||8 points||7 points||6 points|
|5 points||4 points||3 points||2 points||1 point|
Points Awarded by the United Kingdom
- Television’s Greatest Hits, Network Books, Paul Gambaccini and Rod Taylor, 1993. ISBN 0 563 36247 2
- Roxburgh, Gordon (2014). Songs For Europe – The United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest Volume Two: The 1970’s. UK: Telos Publishing. p. 231. ISBN 978-1-84583-065-6.
- Eurovision Song Contest 1976
(Note: Entries scored out are when United Kingdom did not compete)
(Note: All information are in order of appearance. « Withdrawn » refers to entries that withdrew after applying to enter)