Thursday 17 April 2014, 18:08
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 faithful (wearing blue ponchos!) to make a huge Union Jack flag. Not only that, Molly had to nervously get in a cherry picker and rise high up over her art installation to take the perfect picture of the flag.
Check out this behind-the-scenes video to see how Molly got on!
Don’t forget you can only see the final UK postcard film exclusively on the Eurovision Final, 10th May 2014!
Do you have any favourite Eurovision VTs from over the years? Let us know!
Thursday 10 April 2014, 17:35
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 which is fair and not based on personal choice. One of my all time UK Eurovision entries was from 2000 by Nicki French. Yet she came 16th and her song reached 34 in the charts… Giving her a score of erm… 50! Fan favourites are of course different from the reality of what does well in the contest. So here goes, I’m sure you’ll not be shy in sharing your thoughts!
10) 1993: ‘Better The Devil You Know’ by Sonia, 2nd place, #15 in the UK charts
Total score: 17
This might seem a random choice given that there are other entries which did better in the charts. However Sonia really deserves to...
Thursday 10 April 2014, 10:06
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 Eurovision2014@bbc.co.uk. 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.
*Children must be at least 12 years old and must be accompanied by an adult. Please be aware that it is an outside shoot so wear appropriate clothing. Your involvement will confirm participation in footage that will be broadcast.
Thursday 3 April 2014, 14:08
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.
The producers of show will use your voices to create a gigantic virtual choir, and this choir will be shown as part of the first...
Thursday 27 March 2014, 16:18
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 they pay...
Monday 3 March 2014, 19:30
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 iPlayer.
No stranger to competitions, in 2012 Molly was awarded Best Urban/Pop Act at Live and Unsigned and in 2013 won Best Song at the Best of British Unsigned Music Awards. With her incredible vocal range, Molly...
Friday 28 February 2014, 15:53
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 even the...
Wednesday 19 June 2013, 15:49
The 2013 results for the UK Eurovision Jury and their rankings for both the Grand Final and first Semi-Final are as follows…
6. The Netherlands
Tuesday 14 May 2013, 17:56
When you think of the Eurovision Song Contest, you might not always think of ground breaking music, or performances that push the envelope style-wise. But amongst the ballads and Euro-floor fillers there have always been acts brave enough to do their own thing, to break from convention, the acts that have danced to a different beat. We asked BBC Three presenter and Scissor Sisters’ singer Ana Matronic to delve down into the archive and pick her top five Eurovision trail blazers.
Do you agree with Ana’s choices? Which acts would you add to the list?
Saturday 11 May 2013, 22:12
No sooner had Team UK landed in Copenhagen for the short drive to host city Malmö, it seemed most of Europe's press had descended en masse with the news that Bonnie Tyler had finally arrived. Accomodating a Swedish crew on the Eurovision bus, we even made the evening news.
Clearly the biggest draw in town, Bonnie charmed a host of European TV crews today. Many of whom couldn't resist letting Bonnie know they were actually fans too...
Finland's presenter get's a little star-struck around Bonnie Russian soundmen are made of sterner stuffWe spotted the Danish cameraman taking a surreptitious fan-pic of Bonnie! Croatian act Klappa S Mora turned up to serenade Bonnie Contest, what contest? Even the Croatian act are backing Bonnie The Croatian crew sneaked in a couple of pictures for Bonnie to sign The Montenegrin act give Bonnie the thumbs up... errrr or some kind of gang hand signal
Our own Scott Mills asks Bonnie how big her hair was in the 80s Flying the flag. Bonnie meets the Spainsh crew Bonnie and the German presenter bond over the same handbag