1 Feb 1975 – Series Three (20) – Viewers Winners Final 1

Stuart Jason was beaten by Malandra Newman in Heat 3.7 but got the viewers vote to appear again. Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

The eight acts appearing in this first viewers winners final were chosen by the public through the TV Times weekly coupon and were the acts the viewers felt deserved to win as opposed to the act chosen on the night by the panel of judges.

As with the two previous All Winners Finals of series three the show was guest hosted by comedian, and series two finalist, Nicky Martyn and he was joined by Tony Hatch, Mickie Most, John Smith and Derek Hobson, who would score the acts.

The eight acts returning for a second chance were;

  • 20th Century Steel Sound (nine-piece group) – Show 3.14
  • Together (five-piece group) – Show 3.2
  • Stuart Jason (vocalist) – Show 3.7
  • Bracken (boy and girl duo) – Show 3.9
  • Pete Duffy (comedian) – Show 3.10
  • Peter Crane (vocalist) – Show 3.11
  • Johnny Stafford (comedian / harmonica player) – Show 3.13
  • Mike Lancaster (comedian) – Show 3.15
20th Century Steel Band were the highest scoring act. Image © Trinity Mirror.

Making the most of their second chance were group 20th Century Steel Sound who booked their place in the series three Grand Final in July 1975. The nine-piece steel band were made up of six West Indian and three English members and achieved their astounding musical flexibility using 40 steel drums, plus other percussion instruments.

The band came to England in 1971, doing the rounds of the media including a Russell Harty Show. It was then that they decided to develop their own style of music, and the 20th Century Steel Band was formed.  After success on New Faces they secured their first big headlining tour in May 1976 and the show schedule included an appearance at Brunel University, London.

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