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In 1986, the eight songs in contention to represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest were presented during Terry Wogan's Wogan chat show on BBC One. Two songs were presented during each of four broadcasts between Friday 21st March 1986 and Friday 28th March 1986, with all eight songs being featured in the A Song for Europe show on Wednesday 2nd April 1986. The songs were also featured in various programmes on BBC Radio 2, which also simulcast the A Song for Europe final in stereo.
Transmission Date:Wednesday 2nd April 1986

BBC Radio 2


Terry Wogan
Radio Commentary:Ray Moore
Musical Director:Ronnie Hazlehurst
Guest Artists:Bobbysocks


Yvonne Littlewood
Sound:Hugh Barker
Lighting:Warwick Fielding
Design:Grenville Horner
Costume Designer:Verity Lewis


Eleven regional juries: Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Norwich, Newcastle, Cardiff, London, Leeds, Glasgow,,Plymouth & Belfast.

Winning Song:

Runner In The Night


Songs & Scoreboard

SONGComposer(s)Performer(s)Group MembersPointsPosition
1DreamerValerie AvonVanity FareJimmy Cassidy, Mark Ellen, Eddie Wheeler, Bernie Hagley, Phil Kitto & Stuart Wood993
2Dancing With You AgainPeter MasonPalaceMichael Palace, John Bartlett & Dedi Madden914
3No Easy Way To LoveTony Hiller, Stewart & Bradley JamesColin Heywood (with Stewart James, Bradley James, Caroline McPherson & Kit Rolfe)-806
4I'm SorryPaul GriggsChad Brown (with Michael Richardson, Paul Carmichael, Paul Griggs, Gary Hutchings and Des Dyer)-787
5Tongue TiedJimmy ScottKenny Charles (with Jill Keating, Janet Stevens, Vicki Brown and Sam Brown)-865
6Runner In The NightMaureen Darbyshire & Brian WadeRyder Maynard Williams, Dudley Phillips, Paul Robertson, Andy Ebsworth, Geoff Leach & Rob Terry1451
7Don't Hang Up On LovePaul Curtis & Graham SacherJumpDavid Ian, Peter Beckett, Julie Fay, Vicky Jones & S Van Der Muelen152
8War Of The RosesGary Osborne & Johnny WarmanFutureLaura Bannon, Sammy Spiers, John Hunter, Davr Sinclair, Rob Hewitt & Johnny Warman58


2Dancing With You Again57676715109910914
3No Easy Way To Love76799857769806
4I'm Sorry89888566578787
5Tongue Tied9810107688686865
6Runner In The Night15151515121012121215121451
7Don't Hang Up On Love1210121215159151012151372
8War Of The Roses1059559105855768
Voting information taken with permission from Songs For Europe Volume Three - The 1980s by Gordon Roxburgh
  • Runner In The Night reached No. 98 in the UK charts.


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Ryder at The Eurovision Song Contest 1986


At The Eurovision Song Contest 1986

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At the Eurovision Song Contest 1986 in Bergen, Norway on Saturday 3rd May 1986, Runner In The Nigh finished in 7th place with 72 points. The song did not use a conductor. Instead Maynard Williams was introduced as the lead vocalist.

Terry Wogan provided the commentary for BBC One Television. Ray Moore provided the commentary for BBC Radio 2.