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. At Eurovision, they placed first winning the competition with 136 points.
A Song for Europe 1981
The BBC reduced the number of finalists from twelve to eight in 1981. Terry Wogan hosted the contest on 11 March. It was held at the Television Theatre. 581 songs were submitted to the Music Publisher’s Association to pick eight songs. There was an orchestra off screen, conducted by John Coleman. The show was the 16th most watched programme of the week with a rating of 12.4 million viewers, the highest for three years.Johnny Logan was scheduled to appear as a guest on the programme, but had to cancel shortly before the air date.
|01||« Not Without Your Ticket (Don’t Go) »||Luís Jardim & Jean Gilbert||Headache||50||7th|
|02||« All Cried Out »||Gary Benson||Gary Benson||63||=4th|
|03||« For Only a Day »||John Dawson Read & Chris Gunning||Unity||38||8th|
|04||« Wish »||Steve Elson & Don Gould||Beyond||67||3rd|
|05||« Making Your Mind Up«||Andy Hill & John Danter||Bucks Fizz||97||1st|
|06||« Have You Ever Been in Love »||Andy Hill, Peter Sinfield & John Danter||Gem||63||=4th|
|07||« Where Are You Now »||Lindsey Moore||Lezlee Carling||56||6th|
|08||« Don’t Panic »||Adrian Baker||Liquid Gold||70||2nd|
Seven regional juries voted on the songs. They were based in Birmingham (spokesperson: David Stevens), Cardiff (Ewan Thomas), Manchester (John Mundy), Belfast (Peter Dixon), Edinburgh (Jim O’ Hara), London (Ray Moore) and Bristol (Andy Battern Foster). At the close of voting, Terry Wogan incorrectly announced the winning song as « Where Are You Now ». The prizes were presented by Wogan to John Danter, one of the songwriters, and to Mike Nolan, one of the performers.
Headache were: Dave Cooke(husband to Blue Peter presenter Tina Heath), Jean Gilbert, Luis Jardim, Val McKenna and Martyn David.
Beyond were: Steve Stroud (later Cheryl Baker‘s husband), Adrian Shepherd (later Cheryl Baker’s fiancé), Gary Deans, Alan Ashe and Derek Austin.
1981 was the year that Bucks Fizz won the Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom with their song « Making Your Mind Up« . It received 136 points from the 19 juries, beating West Germany‘s Lena Valaitis with the song « Johnny Blue« .
Points Awarded to United Kingdom
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Points Awarded by United Kingdom
(Note: Entries scored out are when United Kingdom did not compete)