Eurovision 2014

UK : Cheryl Baker “Why we put in Engelbert Humperdinck or Bonnie Tyler I will never know”

Bucks Fizz winning Eurovision in 1981 in Dublin. Photograph courtesy of

Bucks Fizz winning Eurovision in 1981 in Dublin. Photograph courtesy of

Cheryl Baker famously whipped off her skirt in Dublin in 1981 and in doing so helped the UK win the Eurovision Song Contest as part of Buck Fizz. However she recently has had some choice words on the BBC’s selection of artists and on some of her former band members.

The singer spoke of the notion in the UK media that the reason why the nation has not won Eurovision since 1997 is due to European politics.

“I’d like to say it’s because of the politics but you have got to have the right song, and we haven’t had that for years now. Why we put in Engelbert Humperdinck or Bonnie Tyler I will never know. I was drying my hair when they announced Engelbert Humperdinck on TV but I couldn’t hear what they were saying because of the hairdryer. I saw his face appear on screen and I assumed he must have died.”

She also went on to speak about the feud the band has with former member Bobby G and his wife.

Although Cheryl, Mike and Jay have kept three quarters of the band together it is Bobby G who is allowed to call his act Bucks Fizz because his wife owns the trademark.

The other three, along with Bobby McVay from Eurovision group Sweet Dreams, have to take to the stage under the rather cumbersome name of Cheryl, Mike & Jay, Formerly of Bucks Fizz.

“It really sticks in my throat,” said Cheryl. “The girl that owns the trademark on the name, Bobby’s wife; morally I don’t know how she can sleep at night. I think it’s awful that she goes out there and says they’re Bucks Fizz, but she only owns the name. We are Bucks Fizz and I think anyone going to their shows thinking they are seeing the real deal will be massively disappointed.”

However Cheryl, Mike, Jay and Bobby McVay are starting a world tour and their first show will be at Chequer Mead on November 29 at 8pm. There will also be an after-show party until 1am which the trio will attend. Tickets for the concert cost £21.50 with the after-show party costing an extra £10. Tickets are available from the box office on 01342 302000


Is Cheryl right about politics playing no part in the UK’s results at Eurovision?


Author/Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall

Source : East Grinstead Courrier


2 replies »

  1. It’s NEVER about politics – look at Russia getting such a good result this year – but ALWAYS about culture. If I lived in the Balkans or Eastern Europe and saw a big star from a neighbouring country singing at Eurovision who had was always on my television and radio, they’d have a head start on my vote purely because I recognised them and knew how they sung.

    Put it this way, it’s no different to the UK and Irish Eurovision relationship that we’ve had since 1965, is it? Everyone conveniently forgets those ‘politics’…

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