13 Apr 1974 – Series Two (2)

Harvest. Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

With the returning acts opening episode kicking off the new series the previous week, heat two featured seven new acts as well as a new judge.  Joining series one regular judges Tony Hatch and Clifford Davis, fresh from the Eurovision host duties, was Katie Boyle.

Only the previous week Katie had been in Brighton presenting the Eurovision Song Contest 1974, which had introduced the UK to another new face when Swedish group Abba won with Waterloo.

The judges were presented with the following acts;

  • Harvest (vocal-instrumental trio)
  • Sweet Sensation (eight-piece group)
  • Duggie Small (comedian)
  • Meg Johnson (vocalist)
  • Mike Alexander (pianist-vocalist)
  • Rick Lomas (comedian)
  • Reg Coates Experience (five-piece group)
Viewers were encouraged to pick their favourite newcomer by completing and posting the coupon in the TV Times.

The winning act were Manchester soul group Sweet Sensation who would be seen again in the Gala Final at the end of the series.

Before their appearance on the show the group were earning around £30 a night, playing in working men’s clubs and discos. After their successful appearance on the show the commanded fees of around £700 a night and their second single Sad Sweet Dreamer hit the top of the UK charts, this despite regular panelist Mickie Most stating he didn’t think the song was ‘strong enough for the group’, proving once again that the public decide on the success of these acts and not the panel.

One other act that viewers would see again was Duggie Small, when he reappeared with his comedy act in New Faces ’86, the first series of the 1980s revival.

Missing Details

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