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 has become widely recognised on the live music scene, supporting Jake Bugg, Tinie Tempah, Labrinth & Chase n Status among others.
Now turning her attention to Eurovision 2014, The song ‘Children of the Universe’ is an anthemic, uplifting track specifically written with live performance in mind, with the music video recorded live to showcase Molly’s incredible vocal ability.
”Molly says: “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...
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 most casual viewer will be aware that over the last decade our fortunes have waned somewhat.
With 9 million UK viewers watching last year’s show and a very active online fan base, the contest is as popular as ever. There’s certainly no shortage of ideas out there as to what needs to be done.
It’s clear that people genuinely care about it and I do too. Yes, in the grand scheme of things it might all seem rather trivial to some, but when it comes to the night itself, we all want to be proud of our UK entry and then see the score displayed next to the Union Jack notch up a healthy total...
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...
Friday 10 May 2013, 10:09
In my capacity as a Eurovision pundit over the years, if there’s one recurring theme that constantly crops up in interviews it’s politics.
“It’s all political though isn’t it?” “We never do well because of Iraq” “Those Eastern Europeans only vote for their neighbours”. Just some of the usual hackneyed phrases attributed to the UK’s involvement in the contest. Do these really hold true? Is it all really a big conspiracy and opportunity for Europe to take revenge against their enemies?
The accusation that the contest is ‘political’ is nothing new; for decades Greece and Cyprus...
Tuesday 30 April 2013, 17:11
The Eurovision juggernaut rolled into London recently as the Shadow Lounge in Soho hosted the UK’s preview party, and with the competition mere weeks away the anticipation was almost palpable. Eight of this year’s hopefuls made it over to Blighty, all keen to give a good account of themselves in front of the UK’s most ardent and passionate Eurovision fans and we were on hand to welcome them. Find out their hopes, fears and costume choices for Eurovision in this exclusive video.
Hosted by Nicki French and the equally quick witted Paddy O'Connell, first of up was Austria’s entry Natália...
Friday 19 April 2013, 11:36
On Sunday 21st April 2013 a whole load of Eurovision acts from past and present will be gracing the Soho stage and we'll be right in the middle of the London Eurovision Party getting all the ESC gossip.
This year, guests include:
This is where you come in. Do you have a burning question for any of the acts? Want to know their shoe size or what they wear to bed? We will dare to go where others will not.
Leave you question below and we'll pick the best to put to the 2013 Eurovision Party acts.
Monday 15 April 2013, 20:16
Over the years there have been so many Eurovision entries have been somewhat overshadowed by the choice of outfit on the night. Compiling a short list of Eurovision fashion 'disasters' has not been an easy task for several reasons. Firstly, there are so many dodgy costumes! More importantly, styles change. It’s difficult enough to look back on old photographs of family gatherings, let alone international song contests! What might have been the height of fashion at one point might not necessarily be so at another time. It’s too easy to mock the 80s or any other decade. The outfits listed here...
Friday 12 April 2013, 17:15
With the weeks flying by and Eurovision 2013 just over a month away, we joined a Swedish film crew in South Wales to see the making of the UK’s Eurovision postcard.
Now, as most of you will know, the postcards play an integral part in the proceedings of Eurovision, the short VTs allowing the acts to get on and off the stage without the TV audience of 120 million seeing the logistic chaos happening on stage.
Despite the UK being in the grips of a second Ice Age with blizzards and Siberian winds wreaking havoc elsewhere, the Eurovision Gods were definitely on our side as Swansea Bay was bathed in...