Royaume-Uni 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.

A Song for Europe 1984

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. It was held on Wednesday 4 April and was hosted once again by Terry Wogan. Of the entrants, songwriter Paul Curtis had no less than four of the eight entries (going on to take three of the top four places). Singers Sinitta and Hazell Dean would later go on to become successful chart acts – both under the producership of Stock Aitken Waterman.[1] The latter scoring her first top 10 hit just a few weeks after the contest.[2]

Draw Song Composer Artist Points Place
01 « Magical Music » Mike Finesilver Caprice 60 6th
02 « Look At Me Now » Jeremy Hall Nina Shaw 78 3rd
03 « This Love Is Deep » Steve Glen, Mike Burns & Nicky Chinn Bryan Evans 53 8th
04 « Love Games«  Paul Curtis & Graham Sacher Belle and the Devotions 112 1st
05 « Where The Action Is » Paul Curtis & Graham Sacher First Division 79 2nd
06 « Let It Shine » Paul Curtis Miriam Anne Lesley 62 5th
07 « Imagination » Tony Hiller & Paul Curtis Sinitta 77 4th
08 « Stay In My Life » Hazell Dean & Mike Bradley Hazell Dean 55 7th

Edinburgh, Norwich, Belfast, London, Cardiff, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham were the centres delivering their votes. As usual it was 15 points to their favourite followed by 12, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 and 5.[3]

At Eurovision

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« .

Terry Wogan once again provided the television commentary for BBC 1, for the second consecutive year Radio 2 opted not to broadcast the contest, however the contest was broadcast on British Forces Radio with commentary provided by Richard Nankivell. Colin Berry once again served as spokesperson for the UK jury.

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