One Step Out of Time
|"One Step Out of Time"|
|Single by Michael Ball|
|Eurovision Song Contest 1992 entry|
|◄ "A Message to Your Heart" (1991)|
|"Better the Devil You Know" (1993) ►|
The song is a mid-tempo ballad, relating the singer's comfort with being "one step out of time" in relation to rejecting the reality around him, instead pining after his former lover. Not accepting that his relationship is over, and spurning the disapproval of his friends, he wishes to put "his love on the line" one more time, imploring his former lover to just let him know what he had done wrong.
After the disappointing result Samantha Janus received on behalf of the United Kingdom at Rome in 1991, the UK national final, A Song for Europe, was retooled. Reverting to the selection process which decided the entries from 1964 to 1975, a singer was picked internally by the BBC, and the public would vote on which song would go with them to the Eurovision finals. Ball sang eight songs on A Song for Europe 1992, and "One Step Out of Time," performed seventh, emerged as the winner by an overwhelming margin (over 60,000 telephone votes separated the first and second-place finishers).
At Malmö, the song was performed sixteenth on the night, after Austria's Tony Wegas with "Zusammen geh'n", and before Ireland's Linda Martin with "Why Me?" At the end of judging that evening, "One Step Out of Time" took the second-place slot with 139 points, it had been the pre-contest favourite. Belgium, Austria, Denmark and Germany awarded the UK their 12 points that evening. Despite losing by 16 points to Ireland's entry "Why Me?", the UK received more 12 point designations than Ireland (four to three). This would be the third of four second-place finishes the UK had placed between 1988 and 1993.
|UK Singles Official Charts Company||20|
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