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 is an unbelievable honour. I hope I can do us proud”

Born in Leicestershire Molly has pursued a career in music since she was 15. She Moved to London after music studies at Leicester College and the ACM, Guildford. An accomplished piano player, her musical influences are wide ranging from David Guetta, Kylie Minogue and Nelly Furtado, to Kate Bush, Billie Holliday and Jeff Buckley

Previously part of dance act Stunt, Molly had top ten chart success with their first single Raindrops; a collaboration with German producer DJ Sash. She has great connections with many dance music producers as a result, and her work is often remixed.

Molly uploaded her original track Flowers by the Road on You Tube to boost her online music profile, and the track quickly spread across the internet. She has been working on her debut album and BBC Introducing picked up her track, Strange Alien, which was championed by her local station BBC Radio Nottingham.

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by charliep

    on 14 Mar 2014 22:09

    I can't believe these dismal Johnies. I personally think this entry is our best of recent years. It's also from a singer song writer - which is a feather in our cap. So many songs are written for countries penned from other country's writers. Sweden being a case example. So when you're up against that sort of successful competition we are so lucky to have someone produce this for us and take a career gamble. It's a breath of fresh air from the last two years where we have just given up the ghost by dragging out hilarious old timers. We will never be viewed as serious contenders by our European counterparts while we are actively politically engaged in European affairs - but I really feel we have a true 'home-grown' song we can be proud of - if we are British. We will be seeing more of this talented lady in future.

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by Tom Waller

    on 9 Mar 2014 00:47

    I have been active in the Music Industry since 1967.... YES a long long time now. Eurovision is not just all about the song and 9 times out of 10 the best PERFORMANCE on the night wins. I live in Malta now and I am ashamed of the Anti Europe nonsense coming mostly from England and not the UK. Grow UP please.

    Terry Wogan had talked down Eurovision to a point that was no longer funny or even correct and that damage lingers on. Have a listen to the rubbish in the UK Top 40 before you throw the first stone. I hope tiny Malta wins, at least we give it our best shot. Eurovision is all about FUN NOT NATIONAL PRIDE. Tom Waller (International Music Services)

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by kitchew

    on 5 Mar 2014 22:59

    This is the best song we've sent for years (dare I say since Katrina and the waves?) and I'm really hoping she does well. Let's get rid of that negativity and see eurovision for what it is - a bit of fun. All this negativity really saps the fun out of something that I usually enjoy (unless we send cringe-worthy acts like Daz Sampson). Good luck Molly!

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by KittensForBreakfast

    on 5 Mar 2014 22:21

    @lordi13 there is someone with sense out there. I would like to add that it annoys me that people moan about neighbour voting but always overlook the cultural/language similarities and how those countries usually send huge stars to eurovision that known in more than 1 country. Most of all they always overlook how we neighbour vote for Ireland and them too us! also how we benefit for regular voting from the likes of Spain and Malta as well.

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by lordi13

    on 4 Mar 2014 21:34

    every year people roll out the old excuses, they won't vote for us because they all hate us, which explains why jade ewan came 5th not so long ago, how she came 5th with no votes is a miracle, coincidentally it was our best song and performer in recent years, compare that with our other recent entries, engelbert 75 and bonnie 60 who 40 years ago would have had done well and but now are well and truly past it
    remember jemini, scooch, etc they don't vote for us because in recent years we have sent acts which at best were poor or at worst were appalling
    blue ruined their chance with a poor performance and an atrocious stage setting plus grown men pretending to be a boy band again !!! it isn't going to work in eurovision
    to win you have to give voters a reason to vote for you, the only reason most of our recent entries would have gain votes would be either sympathy or comic appeal, not for song quality or performance quality
    we use to win once upon a time with acts that had quality, yes even brotherhood of man, todays contest is far more competitive and our entrants have become less competitive, it is that simple
    and as for voting for their neighbours, another myth, just as many don't vote for their neighbours it just doesn't get reported, it is just another lame excuse for failing to send a quality singer with an appealing song
    the average country has 4 neighbours at best, 48 points not enough to win the contest as you will need another 200 points to win, I believe Russia has the most neighbours, 8, and has won just the once whilst Ireland who have no neighbours have won 7 times, odd that
    last year Denmark won with a great stage setting, an ok song, a young beautiful girl who could sing in tune now compare that with bonnie, can't think why people didn't vote for us !!!!

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by mja10uk

    on 4 Mar 2014 11:21

    The only way any UK song (however good) stands a chance is if the change the way Eurovision works. The Russian and Balkan voting blocks can only be eliminated by having about 7 regional contests and then a grand final.... and the same for the voting process that takes longer than all th songs!

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by Steven_P

    on 4 Mar 2014 07:48

    Really good song, really good artist. I'm proud to have her representing us. However my concern is that the Bristish public will let the side down with their moaning about "Europe hating us" and "political voting". Maybe it might be best if we, the Bristish public, check the facts before embarrassing ourselves with such outdated and uninformed comments. I hope we can support Molly as she deserves us too.

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by scoobie

    on 4 Mar 2014 05:03

    @FelixB It's nothing like last year's winner. I think it's a pretty decent entry.

    Well done to Molly and the whole of the BBC Eurovision team for getting to this point. Now get out there and do what it takes to win it based on the lessons we've learnt from previous years.We have the best music in the world and Britain should be winning this more often.

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by Felix B

    on 3 Mar 2014 23:49

    I would really rather we withdrew from the competition than submitted stuff like this. And were I last year's winner, I'd be suing our new entry for plagiarism.

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by jackoblue

    on 3 Mar 2014 23:16

    The UK entry will do no good because even if we have the best song in Eurovision and the best performers the rest of Europe will not vote for us because basically they all hate the UK,
    and will never vote for us, they will always vote for their near neighbours and the countries that they like but it wont be the UK,

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