Lulu Goes Out With a Boom-Bang-a-Bang

Lulu Eliminated From Strictly Come Dancing

Despite achieving her highest score of the series, former Eurovision Song Contest winner, Lulu, was voted off Strictly Come Dancing this evening. Her fate hung in the balance from the moment she was third from bottom on the scoreboard after the judges had given their votes on the live show yesterday.

Lulu’s Kiss with a Bit of Dirty Dancing on Strictly Come Dancing


Lulu didn’t have to wait long to strut her stuff on the latest instalment of the BBC1 dancing show. She was the first of the celebrities to dance in front of a slightly revised panel.

Lulu Continues to Impress on Strictly Come Dancing

Spooky Lulu

There was a suitably spooky theme to the BBC1 show tonight, as the dancers aimed to avoid the nightmare of being eliminated from the competition. Lulu looked the part as she aimed to continue her steady progress in the dancing show with risk taking partner, Brendan Cole in a Halloween special.

Lulu wants to break Brendan's curse in Strictly Come Dancing

Lulu and Brendan dancing Samba in Strictly Come Dancing ©  BBC

Saturday evening it was time for Lulu's fourth dance in the 9th season of the British Strictly Come Dancing. The 1969 Eurovision Song Contest winner had to improve if she wanted to stay much longer in the tough competition. With plenty of energy she was hoping to break a curse. 

Lulu Does All That Was Asked Of Her In Strictly Come Dancing

Lulu on the dancing floor, week 3 of UK Strictly Come Dancing season 9 ©  BBC

Last week, Eurovision winner, Lulu, won enough votes from the public on the BBC1 show, Strictly Come Dancing to stay out of the dance-off. Tonight, she hoped to do the same when she performed her third dance on tonight’s show, which had a Broadway theme.

Lulu Gives Judges Something to Shout About in Strictly Come Dancing


This evening on BBC1 show, Strictly Come Dancing. Lulu performed her second dance of the series as she faces the very real prospect of being the first celebrity to leave the popular show.

Lulu gets an explosive start in Strictly Come Dancing

Lulu in Strictly Come Dancing 2011 ©  BBC

BBC launched their 9th series of Strictly Come Dancing Saturday evening. Among the non professionals who will be competing on dancing skills over the next few months is 1969 Eurovision Song Contest winner Lulu. Together with New Zealand dancing partner Brandan Cole she will try to beat, among others, Australian's '80's pop star Jason Donovan.


1969 ©  EBU
Basic information
29 March 1969
Teatro Real, Madrid, Spain
Laurita Valenzuela
About the contest: 

Everyone’s a winner! Well, almost. A quarter of the songs in the contest can claim to have won. As there was no rule for two or more songs scoring the same points, there was no way of splitting them, so all four were declared the winner.

Feminism reached Eurovision. All the winning songs were sung by women, and three of the songs have a lady’s name in the title. Sixteen countries travelled to Madrid, one less than in 1968. Austria withdrew and Denmark stayed out, and wouldn’t return until 1978.

Tommy  Körberg and Paola del Medico made their Eurovision debuts, Romauld appeared in his second contest, while Louis Neefs and Kirsti Sparboe both sung for the third and final time.

The winners were decided by ten jury members in each country, who all gave one point to their favourite song.

About the songs: 
IvanIvan Yugoslavia - Ivan - Pozdrav Svijetu (Serbo Croat)

Music/Lyrics: Milan Lentic/Milan Lentic

Conductor: Miljenko Prohaska

Once the idea for the song was established, the lyrics couldn’t have taken long to write. Ivan sings ‘hello’ in various languages. A clever tactic or laziness? You decide.

 RomualdRomuald Luxembourg - Romuald - Cathérine (French)

Music/Lyrics: Paul Mauriat & André Borly/ André Pascal

Conductor: Augusto Augueró

Five years after representing Monaco, Romuald hopped over the border, strolled through France, and found himself representing another small principality. He sung with French passion about Catherine.

 SalomeSalome Spain - Salome - Vivo Cantando (Spanish)

Music/Lyrics: Maria José de Cerato/Aniano Alcade

Conductor: Augusto Augueró

The hosts won again (sort of) with a song from the same mould. While only proper words are used this time, the verses are slow and the chorus’ are more up-tempo. 

 Jean JacquesJean Jacques Monaco - Jean Jacques - Maman Maman (French)

Music/Lyrics: Jo Perrier/Jo Perier

Conductor: Hervé Roy

Jean was easily young enough to get away with singing about his mother. It’s a happy sounding, up-tempo song, which slows down occasionally to sound all military.

 Muriel Day and the LindsaysMuriel Day and the Lindsays Ireland - Muriel Day and the Lindsays - The Wages of Love (English)

Music/Lyrics: Michael Reade/Michael Reade

Conductor: Noel Kelehan

Two firsts for Ireland - the first woman to represent them and the first up-tempo song for the Irish. No-one could accuse her of underselling the song.

 Iva ZanicchiIva Zanicchi Italy - Iva Zanicchi - Due Grosse Lacrime Bianche (Italian)

Music/Lyrics: Piero Soffici/Daiano

Conductor: Ezio Leoni

In a year that produced four winners, Italy could have been the fifth. Experienced Iva delivered this beautiful and emotional song perfectly.

 LuluLulu United Kingdom - Lulu - Boom Bang-a-Bang (English)

Music/Lyrics: Alan Moorhouse/Peter Warne

Conductor: Johnny Harris

After Cliff Richard, the BBC commissioned another well known and popular singer. Elements of the song could be compared with Puppet on a String, but it’s aged quite well. Aware of her surroundings, Lulu added an ‘Ole’ at the end.

 Lenny KuhrLenny Kuhr The Netherlands - Lenny Kuhr - De Troubadour (Dutch)

Music/Lyrics: Lenny Kuhr/David Hartsema

Conductor: Frans de Kok

Another of the winners, and in many people’s eyes, possibly the most unworthy of the four. Never mind Ziggy, Lenny played guitar, which is as prominent as the ‘la la la’s’ throughout the song. 

 Tommy KörbergTommy Körberg Sweden - Tommy Körberg - Judy, Min Vän (Swedish)

Music/Lyrics: Roger Wallis/Britt Lindeborg

Conductor: Lars Samuelson

Nineteen years before his second appearance in the contest, Tommy’s voice is already mature enough to deliver a very solid performance of this melodic, mid-tempo song.

 Louis NeefsLouis Neefs Belgium - Louis Neefs - Jennifer Jennings (Flemish)

Music/Lyrics: Paul Quintens/Philippe van Cauwenbergh

Conductor: Francis Bay

The brass section of the orchestra added a bit of ‘oomph’ at appropriate moments, creating a bit of life for the chorus after fairly uneventful verses. Louis finished one place higher than his previous entry two years previously.

 Paola del MedicoPaola del Medico Switzerland - Paola del Medico - Bonjour, Bonjour (German)

Music/Lyrics: Henry Mayer/Jack Stark

Conductor: Henry Mayer

Another singer making her first appearance, Paola sings in German. The song moves along steadily. The use of brass towards the end lifts the song.  

 Kirsti SparboeKirsti Sparboe Norway - Kirsti Sparboe - Oj, Oj, Oj, Så Glad, Jeg Skal Bli (Norwegian)

Music/Lyrics: Arne Bendiksen/Arne Bendiksen

Conductor: Øivind Bergh

Appearing for the third and final time, Kirsti sang a feel good song and left the contest with her worst result.

 Siw MalmkvistSiw Malmkvist Germany - Siw Malmkvist - Primaballerina (German)

Music/Lyrics: Hans Blum/Hans Blum

Conductor: Hans Blum

In an early example of the international nature of the contest, Swede Siw represented Germany with a song that was a possible winner. Primaballerina contains elements of the fairground.

 Frida BoccaraFrida Boccara France - Frida Boccara - Un Jour, Un Enfant (French)

Music/Lyrics: Emile Stern/Eddy Marnay

Conductor: Franck Pourcel

In many people’s opinion, France supplied the best of the four winners. A classy, gentle ballad sung with feeling by Frida.

 Simone de OliveiraSimone de Oliveira Portugal - Simone de Oliveira - Desfolhada Portuguesa (Portuguese)

Music/Lyrics: Nuno Nazareth Fernandes/José Carlos Ary dos Santos

Conductor: Ferrer Trindade

While this sounds jollier than their entries to date, there is still a melancholy undercurrent to the song. Perhaps taking its cue from the winner from the previous year, there are a few ‘la la la’s.’

 Jarkko and LauraJarkko and Laura Finland - Jarkko and Laura - Kuin Silloin Ennen (Finnish)

Music/Lyrics: Toivo Kärki/Juha Vainio

Conductor: Ossi Runne

This is a chirpy little number in a style which was starting to become typical of the Finnish entries. No surprise then that the result was typical as well, although Jarkko’s Boater hat and the little dance they both did during the instrumental couldn’t have helped.

1969uk Lulu - Boom Bang A Bang

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This was one out of four winning songs from the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest. United Kingdom, Spain, The Netherlands and France all recieved the same amounts of votes.






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