7 Jun 1975 – Series Three (37) – Viewers Winners Final 2

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Young comedy impressionist Lenny Henry made the most of his second chance. Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

As with previous ‘winners’ shows comedian Nicky Martyn took over the host duties from Derek Hobson, who did not appear on the panel on this occasion as he’d done for other winners shows.

The panel for the second Viewer’s Winners Final were Tony Hatch, Clifford Davis, John Smith and George Elrick.

The seven acts returning for another chance of making the Grand Final, based on viewer feedback and votes, were;

Sixteen year-old show winner Lenny Henry was appearing for the third time this series and secured himself yet another return appearance, this time in the Grand Final, with a comedy performance that was voted top of the leaderboard by the panel.

It now seems that four-piece group Sounds Familiar, featuring Lynda Mountain. Keith Puckie, Mike Coyne and Derek Edwards, were viewer’s winners from Show 3.18 but may not have appeared on this show as scheduled.  The group appeared early in series four, on show 4.2, so it now seems likely that they were unable to take their place on this show and instead were invited back on a show in series four. 

Merseyside were represented again, with comedian Peter Price returning to the show after getting the viewer’s vote on show 3.30. Peter later hosted the first All Winners show on series four which was won by eventual series winner Roger de Courcey.

Following their second appearance on the show Country and Western group Kentucky County went on to record two LPs and increased their personnel to a four-piece.

The group Haz Elliot with Feeling were told by Tony Hatch that it was only a question of time before they appeared in the pop charts.

One-man band Bruce Thompson has continued to perform his unique brand of entertainment for over 45 years after first appearing on Opportunity Knocks in 1973 and New Faces in 1975.

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