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In 1961, the BBC introduced a new concept for the United Kingdom song selection, called A Song for Europe - a title that would be used continuously until 1995 and was reintroduced for the contests in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Transmission Date:Wednesday 15th February 1961
Channel:BBC Television
Time:19.20-20.30
Venue:BBC TV Theatre
London

Presenter:

Katie Boyle
Backing Vocals:
Beryl Stott Singers and George Mitchell Singers
Musical Associate:Alan Bristow

Voting:

Twelve regional juries: Aberdeen, Glasgow, Belfast, Leeds, Bangor, Manchester, Norwich, Birmingham, Cardiff, London, Bristol & Southampton

Winning Song:

Are You Sure
The Allisons
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SCOREBOARD

1st. Are You Sure - The Allisons
2nd . Suddenly I'm In Love - Steve Arlen
3rd. Why Can't We - Ricky Valance
4th. Dream Girl - Mark Wynter
5th. A Place In The Country - Bryan Johnson
6th. I Will Light A Candle - Anne Shelton
7th =. The Girl Next Door - Craig Douglas
7th=. Too Late For Tears - Valerie Masters
7th=. Tommy - Teresa Duffy
  • A more detailed scoreboard for this event may be viewed on desktop, laptop and tablet devices
SONGPerformer(s)Composer(s)ConductorTOTALPosition
1Dream GirlMark Wynter (aka Terence Lee Lewis)William Crompton & Morgan JonesJohnny Douglas164
2The Girl Next DoorCraig Douglas (aka Terence Perkins)Bunny Lewis (aka Bridges Lewis) & Harry Robinson (aka Henry MacLeod Robertson)Harry Robinson (aka Henry MacLeod Robertson)37=
3Why Can't WeRicky Valance (aka David Spencer)Eric BoswellFrank Barber243
4A Place In The CountryBryan JohnsonTim Page, Harry Shaberman & John HarrisJohnny Douglas65
5I Will Light A CandleAnne SheltonJack WaterhouseWally Stott46
6Suddenly I'm In LoveSteve ArlenEric BoswellFrank Cordell302
7Too Late For TearsValerie MastersDavid Lee & Clive WestlakeJohnny Gregory37=
8TommyTeresa DuffyJohn WatsonBob Sharples37=
9Are You SureThe Allisons (Bernard Colin Day and John Alford)John Allison (aka John Alford)Harry Robinson (aka Henry MacLeod Robertson)311
Voting information taken with permission from Songs For Europe Volume One - The1950s and 1960s by Gordon Roxburgh
  • Are You Sure reached No. 2 in the UK charts.
  • In addition the song Dream Girl by Mark Wynter reached No. 27 in the UK charts.
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The Allisons at The Eurovision Song Contest 1961

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AT THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 1961

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At the Eurovision Song Contest 1961 in Cannes, France on Saturday 18th March 1961, Are You Sure finished in 2nd place with 24 points. The song was conducted by Harry Robinson.

Tom Sloan provided the commentary for BBC Television.