Welcome to another edition of ’52 Weeks of Eurovision’ If you missed last week’s post on Niamh Kavanagh you can find it here.
This week we go back to 4th April 1981 where the contest was held in Dublin, after John Logan won his 1st competition in 1980 with ‘What’s another year’.
This year the UK was represented by the pop group ‘Bucks Fizz ‘ who had formed specifically for the competition. The group consisted of Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan, Bobby G and Jay Aston and went on to win the contest by a very narrow victory with only a 4 point lead over Germany.
This was not the first time that Cheryl Baker had competed. In 1978 she represented the UK with the group ‘Coco’ which came in at 11th place.
The contest itself despite the close vote, caused a lot of controversy, with Buzz Fizz’s energetic and busy number “Making your Mind Up’ , full of cheesy dance moves, and a skirt-rip gimmick causing ripples. Many fellow competitors accused the song of making a mockery of the contest, turning it into a show rather than a song competition and consequently France pulled out of the 1982 contest in protest.
Since the contest, Bucks Fizz incurred a lot of drama, with a bus crash in 1984 severely injuring many of the performers and leaving Mike Nolan with epilepsy, the group has since had many different singers…16 in total since 1981 including David Van Day from the group ‘Dollar’. Also a copyright battle for the name resulting in two different bands referring to the name; ‘The Original Bucks Fizz’ and “Cheryl, Mike and Jay, Formerly of Bucks Fizz.
Don’t get me started on the Sugababes!
Here is the original line-up, before thinks got awkward, a much mimicked routine and party piece…followed by the hilarious Gimme Gimme Gimme, where Kathy Burke aka Linda La Hughes is joined with Jez and Suze to perform it for Tom’s (James Dreyfuss) 3oth Birthday.