VIDEO: Remember these iconic UK Eurovision performances?

It only seems like yesterday

As we all get ready for the Eurovision final, here are some past UK performers and their songs. How many do you remember?

Scott Fitzgerald

Scott Fitzgerald

One of the most dramatic wins at Eurovision involved a certain Scott Fitzgerald who was winning for the UK right up to the last set of points awarded in the 1988 event.

Scott, who was born Billy McPhail, had previously been encouraged to change his name by his agent who gave him a list to choose from – one of which included the famous American literary writer F Scott Fitzgerald, which he ended plumping for minus the ‘F’.

Born in 1948, he released singles in 1974, Judy Played the Jukebox and Never Too Young to Rock where he featured with glam rock acts The Glitter Band, Mud and The Rubettes.

If I Had Words, which he sang with Yvonne Keeley, reached number three in the UK charts in 1978 and had success in Australia, Ireland, Belgium, The Netherlands, New Zealand and Scandinavia, selling more than one million copies. It later featured in the score of the 1995 film Babe.

In 1988, Scott was the first ever artiste chosen by telephone vote to sing the UK's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Go which was written and composed by Julie Forsyth, daughter of the entertainer Bruce Forsyth.

And with just two countries of the 21 countries to vote Scott was ahead by 14 points, and still ahead with the final set of points to be delivered he lost by one point to an unknown singer representing Switzerland by the name of... Celine Dion.

Scott, who has been married to wife Shereen for many years, has two children, Neeley and Ki – who is an original member of the UK boy band Busted and is now a top songwriter to global music artistes.

Scott, who these days spends time with his family, spoke to us exclusively to say: “It's Eurovision again!

“Shereen and I are well and just enjoying our grandchildren most of the time and loving.

“This year I'm supporting UK, win, lose, or draw.”

Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson

Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson

Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson were a duo that became familiar faces on both stage and screen

The pair, Pearl, 95, and Teddy, 97, are husband and wife team who gained popularity in the 1950s and 1960s.

The duo, who have been married for more than 60 years, were stars in their own right – Carr was the lead vocalist with the Keynotes who had two hits in 1956, and Johnson who was both a drummer and a recording artiste for Columbia. As well as being a DJ on Radio Luxembourg he also appeared on TV shows including the popular BBC children's programme Crackerjack.

The pair represented the United Kingdom with the song Sing Little Birdie at the Eurovision Song Contest 1959, finishing runner up. 

They duo also tried to represent the UK again in 1960 after entering the song When The Tide Turns to the final where it was up against Johnson's own brother, Bryan.

As it turned out, Bryan won and went on to represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1960, where he came second with the song Looking High, High, High.

Carr and Johnson now live in a retirement home in the South of England.

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

A vocal trio who could (and should) have been a bigger hit than they were represented the UK in 1983.

Sweet Dreams were put together specifically to perform I’m Never Giving Up.

The trio was made up of then teenagers Carrie Gray, Helen Kray and Bobby McVay were often compared with Bucks Fizz which had won the contest in 1981 with making Your Mind Up.

The final was staged in Munich when Sweet Dreams performed third in a field of 20. The group finished in a very respectable sixth place which Carrie Gray, now known as Carrie Grant, still believes it was a half decent result in comparison to the dismal finishes in recent years.

Little chart success followed led to the group splitting up at the end of 1983.

Following the break up, McVay became a local radio presenter but in 2015 joined founding Bucks Fizz members Jay Aston, Cheryl Baker, and Mike Nolan in a Bucks Fizz reunion tour.

There is no further information available on the what Helen Kray has done since leaving the group.

However, Carrie Gray (see image above) married singer David Grant, later becoming a vocal coach and appearing in BBC’s Fame Academy between 2002 and 2004. She has also participated in BBC Three Eurovision programmes.

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