United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1987

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Eurovision Song Contest 1987
Country United Kingdom
National selection
Selection processA Song For Europe
Selection date(s)10 April 1987
Selected entrantRikki
Selected song"Only the Light"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Final result13th, 47 points
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1986 1987 1988►

The United Kingdom participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 1987 with its entry "Only the Light" performed by Rikki and written by Richard Peebles. The song was chosen through the A Song for Europe national final which consisted of eight songs in 1987. At the Eurovision Song Contest 1987, Rikki and his song was placed thirteenth with 47 points.

A Song for Europe[edit]

A Song for Europe 1987 was held on 10 April, live from Studio 1 of the BBC Television Centre, London. The contest was hosted by Terry Wogan. It was also broadcast on BBC Radio 2, and this was the first and only instance in which the radio commentator could also be heard on television, passing comment after each song, and during the interval act.

The BBC Concert Orchestra under the direction of Ronnie Hazlehurst as conductor accompanied all the songs, but despite performing live, the orchestra were off-screen, behind the set. The title music had changed from previous years, as an upbeat arrangement of the traditional Te Deum music.

In a change to previous years, 10 songs were performed instead of the usual eight. None of the performers had ever performed in A Song for Europe before, and none of the writers had ever written for the contest before. As well as Music Publisher's Association selecting some of the songs, songs from record publishers were also submitted. They were selected in the following manner (as recounted by the radio commentator during the interval act): "Around 400 songs were selected by the Music Publisher's Association and the British Phonographic Industries. These songs were reviewed by 10 juries of 6 people, whittling them down to 50 songs. They were down reduced to 20 songs, which were sent to the BBC, and the 10 were chosen by producer Brian Whitehouse, Mike Batt, Bruce Welch, some radio and television producers, and representatives from the MPA and BPI". The interval act was a pre-recorded dancing performance by The Anthony Van Laast Dancers.


Nine regional juries located in Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Belfast, Edinburgh, London, Norwich, Newcastle and Bristol voted for the songs. Juries ranked the songs internally and awarded 15 points to their favourite, 12 to the second, 10 to the third, 9 to the fourth, 8 to the fifth, 7 to the sixth, 6 to the seventh, 5 to the eighth, 3 to the ninth and 1 to their least preferred.[1]

A Song For Europe – 10 April 1987
Draw Song Composer Artist Points Place
01 "Only the Light" Richard Peebles Rikki 112 1st
02 "Lion Within" David Hughes, Richard Marcangelo Siy 48 8th
03 "I Want You" Steve Thompson, John Verity Mike Stacey 72 5th
04 "Everybody" Mal Pope Mal Pope 58 7th
05 "Too Hot To Handle" Bob Heatlie Ann Turner 101 2nd
06 "Master of the Game" Ian Prince Ian Prince 34 10th
07 "Just Let Me" Gordon Campbell Gordon Campbell 43 9th
08 "Bless Your Lucky Stars" Stephen Carmichael Zuice 78 3rd
09 "What You Gonna Do" John T Ford, Malcolm Poole John T Ford 75 4th
10 "Romeo" Gordon Bonner, Gary Moat, Steve Hayman Heavy Pettin' 60 6th

At Eurovision[edit]

The 1987 Eurovision Song Contest saw the UK's worst performing entry up to that point, as Rikki's "Only the Light" received only 47 points, reaching 13th place overall. Johnny Logan repeated his 1980 success and won again for Ireland.

Points Awarded by United Kingdom[2][edit]

12 points  Ireland
10 points  Germany
8 points  Belgium
7 points  Denmark
6 points  Cyprus
5 points  Greece
4 points  Israel
3 points  Netherlands
2 points  Luxembourg
1 point  Italy

Points awarded to United Kingdom[edit]

Points Awarded to United Kingdom (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point