Cheryl Baker began her professional singing career with the band Co-Co. The group entered A Song for Europe, the UK national preselection round, in 1976 with the song "Wake Up". They came second, being beaten by (eventual Eurovision winners) Brotherhood of Man by two points.
The group continued to perform together and in 1978, they entered A Song for Europe again with "The Bad Old Days". This time they won and went on to perform for the UK in Paris coming 11th place - the lowest placing by a UK entry up to that point.
Not to be beaten, after a short break, Cheryl was contacted by Nichola Martin, who was setting up a new group under the name Bucks Fizz, with a view to entering a song "Making Your Mind Up" into the Song For Europe in 1981. Joined by Mike Nolan, Bobby G and Jay Aston, Baker performed the song at the contest and won.
On 4 April 1981, Baker represented the UK again at the Eurovision Song Contest, winning the competition with 136 points. Their performance with it's famous 'skirt-rip' catapulted Bucks Fizz into overnight stardom.
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