• Executive Producer

    After a long, hot summer and time to reflect on the excellence of Copenhagen, our thoughts are now turning to next year’s diamond anniversary show in Vienna.

    The question of how we arrive at our UK entry is understandably foremost in many minds and the continued popularity of the contest is certainly reflected in the level of interest and comment it generates. With 60 years of heritage and an array of different approaches taken by the BBC and other participating countries, over the years, it’s no wonder there’s such a variety of views as to what works best.

    There are pros and cons to every method and in the long run, no one formula has proved to be more likely to guarantee success than any other. As we suggested last year though, the one thing that has changed more recently is the quality of the songs and performers that win or come close to winning the contest. Although it is a SONG contest, the real secret is in the sum of the parts - song, performance and staging – coming together perfectly at the contest, as did Conchita’s ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’.

    So, alongside finding a brilliant song, we have to find a brilliant performer to interpret it, believe in it…

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  • The Eurovision Song Contest is well known for its outrageous costumes and outlandish songs. Writing songs in a language other than the native tongue is a challenge, however as this list shows, we’ve got a bit of a chequered history in the UK when it comes to song writing. Whilst some songs might get lost in translation, they can provide for some amusing lyrics. This is an affectionate retrospective of some of the bizarre lyrics and songs from over the years.

    20) Belarus 2014 – Cheesecake

    Kicking off with this year’s entry from Belarus, singer Teo sings “I look over all the maps trying to escape ‘cause I’m tired of your sweet cheesecake”. Perhaps try a different dessert then?

    19) Ireland 2000 – Millennium Of Love

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  • Controversy and the Eurovision Song Contest go hand in hand. From Paul Oscar’s raunchy leather-clad performance for Iceland in 1997, to the presenter’s skirt ‘accidently’ coming off in 1985, to the 1981 Yugoslavian jury spokesperson announcing “no I don’t have it” when asked for the votes, Eurovision always throws up surprises and scandals. It’s the perfect mix of high drama and tension which has kept people watching for reasons other than just the music. Here is a top ten of just some of the scandals that have rocked the Eurovision world.

    10) The Bearded Lady from Austria

    Drag is nothing new to Eurovision or particularly controversial. However Conchita Wurst, Austria’s entry for 2014 and the drag persona of Austrian singer Tom Neuworth, is different. Conchita’s character challenges traditional ideas about gender, notions of beauty and conformity. Recently there have been complaints in some countries from groups calling for Austria's performance to be censored from the Eurovision broadcast as they view her as a corruptive influence! Conchita's performance takes place during tense times in Europe. Only last week Russian politician Vitaly Milonov described…

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  • We are only weeks away from Eurovision 2014 kicking off in Copenhagen. A jolly film crew from Denmark flew over to London to shoot Molly’s UK Eurovision Postcard.

    Now, as many of you will know, the postcards play an integral part to the Eurovision programme. The postcards are short video clips that introduce each act before they go up on stage and perform to a TV audience of 120 million.

    This year’s postcard concept is very ambitious! It’s all about the artist creating their own flag. Molly rolled out white carpet, directed iconic red double decker buses and lots of the Team Molly…

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  • Did you know to date the UK remains overall, the most successful country in Eurovision? Ok we’ve not done well recently… but with five wins and 15 runner-up positions, we’ve made the two top spots a startling 20 times!! That’s a record that we should be rightly proud of.

    The songs featured in this top 10 are worked out as a combination of their Eurovision placing and their UK chart performance. In a strange anti-Eurovision twist, the entries with the lowest combined numbers were included in the list (since they were technically the most successful). I tried to develop a formula…

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  • We are filming our Eurovision postcard this Saturday 12th April, and you could be part of it! We are looking for fans to come to our location in West London and take part in what we promise will be quite a spectacular shoot.

    If you’d like to take part please email You will receive a confirmation email if you are successful with all the necessary details. Numbers are limited so please be quick to avoid disappointment.

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  • Have you ever wanted to perform on Eurovision?! Yes? Well this year’s Host Broadcaster, DR in Denmark is offering you the chance to shine on stage at the biggest music contest in the world!

    For the first time ever, Eurovision fans will be given the chance to dance or sing on a gigantic video screen on stage. Viewers can join a huge virtual choir, singing last year’s winning tune sung by Emmelie de Forest, Only Teardrops, by sending over their vocals via webcam.

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  • They say that money makes the world go round. It certainly counts when it comes to Eurovision! Let’s take a look at some of the costs involved in both participating in, and the hosting of, the Eurovision Song Contest.

    The on-going global economic crisis has impacted upon the contest, not only in terms of how the event has downsized in recent years, but also in terms of number of participants. Every national broadcaster has to pay a fee to enter the contest. The UK, as part of the so-called 'Big Five', get automatic entry into the final along with France, Spain Germany and Italy since…

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  • We are very pleased to announce Molly Smitten-Downes will be flying the flag for the UK at Eurovision 2014 with the song Children of the Universe.

    After discovering her work on BBC Introducing we invited singer-songwriter Molly to compose a song especially for the 59th Eurovision Song Contest, the result is a powerful, contemporary track revealed exclusively tonight on Red Button and…

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  • Executive Producer

    I'm pleased to announce the premiere of our UK act and song will be in a Red Button / iPlayer exclusive Monday 3rd March at 7.30pm.

    If Eurovision's participating countries somehow took it in turns to win the competition, the UK wouldn’t be due another victory until at least the year 2037. A nonsensical idea, but it helps to set the gap since our last win into some sort of perspective. Having won the Contest five times, we still rank joint second on the leader board of victories and despite some memorable misfires, we still have the highest cumulative points total of any country. But…

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