Category:Eurovision Song Contest entrants of 1981
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The following 26 pages are in this category, out of 26 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 26 pages are in this category, out of 26 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Eurovision Song Contest 1981 – The Eurovision Song Contest 1981 was the 26th event of its kind, and was held on 4 April 1981 at the Simmonscourt Pavilion of the Royal Dublin Society in Dublin. The presenter was Doireann Ní Bhriain, the United Kingdoms Bucks Fizz were the winners of this contest with the song Making Your Mind Up, beating second place Germany by four points. Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland, Dublin is in the province of Leinster on Irelands east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey. Founded as a Viking settlement, the Kingdom of Dublin became Irelands principal city following the Norman invasion, the city expanded rapidly from the 17th century and was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire before the Acts of Union in 1800. Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State, the contest took place under heavy guard at the 15,000 seat Simmonscourt Pavilion of the RDS, which was normally used for agricultural and horse shows. Over 250 armed soldiers and police were on hand to protect against any likely political demonstrations, having won the year before, Ireland hosted the 1981 contest - the second time they had done so. As in 1971, the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest was produced by the countrys broadcaster RTÉ, the presenter on this occasion was Doireann Ni Bhriain, who was well known in Ireland at the time as a TV presenter and for the current affairs radio show Women Today. She was chosen for her fluency in Irish and English as well as having studied French, the director was Ian McGarry, while Noel Kelehan was the chief conductor for the show. It cost RTÉ over £300,000 to stage, although this included £110,000 from the EBU, from this, the Irish Government expected to make around £2,000,000 from tourism as a result of staging the show. The RDS would go on to host the next Irish Eurovision production in 1988 and this year marked the début of Cyprus in the contest, who finished sixth. Returning to the contest was Israel, who did not compete the previous year, yugoslavia also returned to the competition after a five-year absence. Italy withdrew for the first time from the contest, due to lack of interest, of the performers, many previous contestants returned to the contest this year. Notably, Jean-Claude Pascal for Luxembourg, who had won the contest 20 years earlier, repeated entrants Peter, Sue and Marc returned for the fourth time, after 1971,1976 and 1979. Performing again for Switzerland, they remain the only act to sing in four different languages, other returnees were Marty Brem who had taken part the year before for Austria, Tommy Seebach for Denmark, and Björn Skifs for Sweden. Bucks Fizz member, Cheryl Baker had performed in 1978 with the band Co-Co for the UK, while Sheeba member Maxi had performed as a solo artist in 1973 for Ireland. Andy Hill – the producer of the single - said that had they known, the interval act was traditional Irish band Planxty, who performed the lengthy piece Timedance, which depicted Irish music through the ages. The dancers were from Dublin City Ballet with choreography by Iain Montague and this is seen as a precursor to Riverdance, which became famous after its performance in 1994. The song, which was written by Bill Whelan, went on to be released as a Planxty single, the voting proved to be memorable for its closeness
2. Jay Aston – Jay Hilda Aston is an English singer and occasional songwriter. She was a member of the British pop group Bucks Fizz and she was the youngest member of the groups original line-up, being just 19 when they won the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest. While Aston was a member, the group had 12 of their 13 UK top 40 hit singles, since 2009, she has performed alongside fellow original Bucks Fizz members Cheryl Baker and Mike Nolan. The group used to perform under the name The Original Bucks Fizz and they are now known as Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston, formerly of Bucks Fizz. Aston was born in Purley, Surrey, and came from a theatrical/circus family and her father was a comedian, her mother a former dancer before she became her husbands straight man. Her brother, Lance, had performed at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1980 with the band Prima Donna. Aston herself trained as a dancer, singer and actress at the Italia Conti School of Speech and Drama, Aston was one of the four original members of Bucks Fizz when they were formed in 1981 to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest that year. They won with Making Your Mind Up and the song went to one in many countries. Astons interest in fashion and design came into use while with the group as she designed many of the groups stage outfits. In 1983, she performed the vocal to the song When We Were Young. Aston became known for her love of physical exercise and released an album in early 1984 called Shape Up. This activity however also led to her becoming the victim of an attack while out jogging and she fought off the attacker and recovered well from the incident, which became the subject of newspaper coverage. In December 1984, while on tour, Bucks Fizz were involved in a accident in which Aston. By this time, tensions within the group had risen to the point that Aston was eager to leave, however, the following year, she left the group in acrimonious circumstances. The groups management company took Aston to court under the terms of her contract, forced to sell her house, the early 1990s saw Aston living in a small bedsit in Croydon on Housing benefits. Her brother had married Shakespears Sister star Marcella Detroit who encouraged her to new songs. In 1993 Aston released a single Naked Phoenix and recorded an album of songs and this same year she contributed a song to the controversial Michael Winner film, Dirty Weekend. By 1995 she was living with her parents but was writing and recording music
3. Cheryl Baker – Cheryl Baker is an English television presenter and singer. She best known for being a member of 1980s pop group Bucks Fizz, the group had 20 singles reach the UK top 60 between 1981 and 1988, including three number one hits with Making Your Mind Up, The Land of Make Believe and My Camera Never Lies. Baker left the group in 1993 and she had previously represented the UK at the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest as a member of the band Co-Co. In 2004, she began performing alongside Shelley Preston and fellow original Bucks Fizz member Mike Nolan as The Original Bucks Fizz, Preston was replaced by original Bucks Fizz member Jay Aston in 2009. Due to a dispute in 2011, the group now call themselves Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston. Cheryl Baker was born in Bethnal Green, London, after leaving school and a series of secretarial jobs, she began her professional singing career with the band Co-Co. The group entered A Song for Europe in 1976 with the song Wake Up and they came second, being beaten by Brotherhood of Man by two points. The group continued to perform together and in 1978, they entered A Song for Europe again with The Bad Old Days and this time they won and went on to perform for the UK in Paris. The song managed 11th place - the lowest placing by a UK entry up to that point, the song became a hit single, reaching 13 in the UK Singles Chart. On the back of this, the released their first album as well as further singles. None of these found any success, in 1980, the group tried for Eurovision one more time. Now under a new name, The Main Event, their song Gonna Do My Best came last in A Song for Europe and soon afterwards, joined by Mike Nolan, Bobby G and Jay Aston, Baker performed the song at the contest and won. On 4 April 1981, Baker represented the UK again at the Eurovision Song Contest, the song went on to win by a margin of four points and Bucks Fizz were catapulted into overnight stardom. By winning the contest, Baker became only the singer to represent the UK twice, following in the footsteps of Ronnie Carroll. This feat, however, was matched once again the following year, by Sally Ann Triplett. When Bucks Fizz went on to win the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Making Your Mind Up, Making Your Mind Up became a No.1 hit in many countries, including the UK and began a run of success for the group for the next five years. Baker along with the group toured the world and gained many hit singles and albums, Bucks Fizz became established as one of the biggest groups of the 1980s. On 11 December 1984 Baker was involved in a crash, while on tour with the group
4. Bucks Fizz – Bucks Fizz are a British pop group that achieved success in the 1980s, most notably for winning the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Making Your Mind Up. The group was formed in January 1981 specifically for the contest and comprised four vocalists, Bobby G, Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and they achieved instant attention with the dance routine which accompanied the song, involving a skirt-rip. They also had UK Top 10 hits with Now Those Days Are Gone, If You Cant Stand the Heat, When We Were Young and their worldwide record sales have exceeded 15 million. The line-up of the group has changed a number of times over the years, in late 1980, Nichola Martin and Andy Hill sought to create a new group to enter their song Making Your Mind Up in the Eurovision Song Contest. The first member to be recruited was Mike Nolan, who was known to Martin, together, they recorded a demo of the song and entered it for inclusion in A Song for Europe – the preliminary heats for the contest. Realising that a name was needed for the artists, Martin quickly decided on Bucks Fizz. In January, Martin contacted Cheryl Baker to join them, as he remembered her from the 1978 Eurovision group, concurrent to this, Martin was holding auditions for another male vocalist and female vocalist, should Baker turn down the position. At the end of auditions, Martin had found a male singer, Stephen Fischer and female. Fischer then became unavailable as he was starring in a musical at the time and Martin hired another auditionee, the four members met for the first time on 11 January 1981. An associate of Martins, Jill Shirley agreed to manage the group, the routine itself was choreographed by Chrissie Wickham, a former member of dance troupe, Hot Gossip, although Martin, Baker and Aston have all since laid claim to the skirt-rip idea. On 11 March, A Song for Europe took place with the unknown Bucks Fizz competing against well-known act Liquid Gold, as well as Hill and Martins own group, Making Your Mind Up became an easy winner and the group recorded the song with Hill as producer. Later in the month it was released as a single and entered the charts at No.24, by the time the contest was staged, the single had risen to No.2. On 4 April, Bucks Fizz represented United Kingdom in the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest, although they were favourites to win, the song faced stiff competition and after a vocally unsound rendition, the early votes were poor. Halfway through the process, Bucks Fizz took the lead. Ultimately, Bucks Fizz won the contest by a margin of four points, Making Your Mind Up became a major hit around the continent, reaching No.1 in the UK as well as eight other countries. It charted highly in other such as Australia, eventually selling four million copies worldwide. A follow-up single was recorded amid promotional tours and the image was revamped. In May, the single Piece of the Action was released, the song boasted a contemporary pop sound and high production values, in contrast to the rocknroll style of Making Your Mind Up