The BBC has named a relatively unknown singer-songwriter as the UK’s entrant for The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.
26 year old Molly Smitten-Downes was discovered through BBC Introducing and invited to compose and perform a song especially for the competition.
The resulting song, Children Of The Universe, is described as an “anthemic, uplifting track” and will performed live in Copenhagen, Denmark, in front of an estimated global audience of over 120 million viewers.
Smitten-Downes has been singing and composing songs for over 10 years and was awarded Best Urban/Pop Act at Live and Unsigned in 2012.
She’s also performed at numerous festivals including Sundown and supported artists such as Jake Bugg, Tinie Tempah, Labrinth & Chase n Status. In 2013 won Best Song at the Best of British Unsigned Music Awards.
Katie Taylor, Head of Entertainment and Live Events, says: “I couldn’t be happier that Molly is continuing her musical journey with the BBC. She has the chance to make her mark by flying the flag for the UK and be appreciated by millions of people throughout Europe.”
Smitten-Downes added: “I’m so excited for everyone to hear ‘Children Of The Universe’. I’m so happy with it. To represent the United Kingdom in such a huge competition, not only as a singer and performer but as a songwriter is an unbelievable honour. I hope I can do us proud.”
The Eurovision Song Contest takes place on Saturday 10 May and will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC One HD, with commentary by Graham Norton and live on BBC Radio 2 with commentary from Ken Bruce.
The semi-finals will be held on Tuesday 6 and Thursday 8 May, broadcast on BBC Three and BBC Three HD, hosted by Scott Mills.