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.

I was lucky enough to be alongside Terry Wogan in the commentary box at the Point Theatre in Dublin, when Katrina’s performance of ‘Love Shine A Light’ earned us ten sets of “douze points” and ultimate victory, in 1997. It created an instant feel-good factor and put Britain at the top.

That’s why my small team and I, who produce the nine hours of Eurovision-related programming, happily took up the challenge of finding our 2014 entry last Autumn. It’s up to participating broadcasters how they go about selecting their entries. Some countries use selection shows and we’ve done this in the past, but this year we began by taking a dispassionate look at recent winners. We discovered that simply by and large they’ve been very good songs that have deserved to win.

It’s clear there’s a disconnect between what kind of songs and artists are now winning Eurovision, versus the stereotype that many people – including much of the music industry - still hold in their minds. Yes, novelty songs and acts do still turn up in the show, provide great entertainment and make good press – but they don’t tend to win. So, early on in plans for 2014, we took the view that we needed a bespoke, contemporary song, written specifically to suit the conditions of the competition – rather than trying to get lucky with a pre-existing track from an artist.

Although Eurovision is a song contest, it’s not a pre-recorded, post-produced and auto-tuned song contest. It’s a live vocal performance song contest and we all know what can go wrong there. The choice of song is inextricably linked to the ability of its singer. And the process of finding a song that’s right for the competition and marrying it with an artist who can perform it live, perfectly, to millions of TV viewers and in front of a live arena audience is definitely an art, rather than a science.

In trying to practice that art, we all listened to a great many potential songs and looked at footage of a great many artists performing live. Nothing was quite right until we looked at a resource right under our nose: BBC Introducing. This is the gateway for undiscovered and unsigned music makers to upload their best tracks and get them heard and featured by the BBC. Some of the artists who’ve received BBC Introducing support at the start of their careers include Florence and The Machine, Ed Sheeran, Rizzle Kicks and Jake Bugg.

It was a real treat to discover the work of artists highlighted by BBC Introducing and what most excited us was the quality of singer-song writing. We carefully approached a few artists who stood out to us and once they understood what we were trying to achieve, they embraced the idea of writing a song for the competition from scratch. Knowing that they’d be the one who’d have to go out there and sell it, they could write specifically to exploit their talents.

The end result is that we now have a powerful and impressive song that we hope will do us proud in Copenhagen. We’re keen to introduce the song and artist to everyone as soon as possible, so it will be premiered on BBC Red button next Monday (3rd March) evening at 7.30pm and available to catch up on BBC iPlayer.

Guy Freeman, Executive Producer, BBC Eurovision

Tune in and hear the song in full. Monday 3rd March 7.30pm on BBC Red Button, followed by iPlayer.

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  • Comment number 38. Posted by Ruby Room

    on 5 Mar 2014 13:42

    This is a great idea. We are not loved by lots of countries in Europe and it gives an unknown artist a chance of exposure. So let's drop all expectations of winning and stop trying to second guess what Europeans like with all this "Stars of yesterday" nonsense. Why not somebody use a writer like Eg White or Paul Epworth to co-write a song with (or someone else with a track record) with a new artist... Forget the competition just go for getting a good song heard by a massive audience! And if it's good enough like Katrina and the Waves "Love shine a light" it may win as well!!!

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  • Comment number 37. Posted by RedPhoenixx

    on 4 Mar 2014 21:16

    I don't know if Guy will read this....but if so...dear lord when will you get it right?? Yet another generic, politically correct, wishy washy song by a singer who is good, but nothing spectacular, live... (am I the only one who struggled to actually make out some of the lyrics??) It is a safe song, nothing memorable or emotion inspiring. Another embarrassing episode of "this is the best the UK has to offer". Do it right, stop trying to work to a formula. Create a contest with real artists (i do not mean the likes of Katie Price!!) that the public can vote on and be proud of.....maybe then, people like me who used to watch the show religiously might start watching again!.

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  • Comment number 36. Posted by escSocialcom

    on 4 Mar 2014 19:25

    BBC Eurovision Facebook Page...
    "About
    The official site for the BBC's Eurovision Song Contest coverage! Twitter: @bbceurovision. This page is maintained by BBC Eurovison website: www.bbc.co.uk/eurovision
    Plot outline
    Countries across Europe will compete for the ultimate prize - victory in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. After a landslide win in 2012 with Loreen's song "Euphoria", the contest this year will take place in Malmö, Sweden."

    Err needs updating somewhat...

    Anyone saying bad things about Scooch etc... yeah, it was a crap song, but hey... you can still sing it and you remember it. Can you sing along with Bonnie? or Engelbert? I dont thinnk so!

    same will be so with Molly, nice girl, but the song is instantly forgettable, why? cos its the choice of the BBC and NOT the UK!

    Not in My Name!

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  • Comment number 35. Posted by Paul Hobbs

    on 4 Mar 2014 12:40

    Think you need the best AOR singer/songwriter the uk has for next years competition,Mr Steve Overland of FM.His new solo album Epic has a couple of fab songs that would be absolutely fantastic for Eurovision!Get on the phone to his record label and get him signed up for next years competition !!!

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  • Comment number 34. Posted by Ben Wright

    on 4 Mar 2014 10:20

    I've picked the winner the last two years (Sweden with Euphoria by Loreen in 2012 and Only Teardrops by Emilie de Forrest last year(not sure if that's the right spelling of her name though)) and I think we have a really good chance this year. Like the last two winners, it is anthemic, it gets the crowd going (i was singing along by the second chorus of the first time i heard it), the lyrics are well written, Molly has a good voice and it just gives me that infectious feel good feeling i associate with good euro pop (for an example listen to Fascination by Alphabeat - europop peformed well with a spring in its that you cannot fail to love)

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  • Comment number 33. Posted by Gareth Jones

    on 4 Mar 2014 10:02

    Whoever thought this was a good song? I can feel a definite "nul" points on the Copenhagen horizon.

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  • Comment number 32. Posted by Cannychanta

    on 4 Mar 2014 09:50

    Ireland finished last in 2013. They have clearly decided to put matters right. Please listen to their entry, there is a world of difference.

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  • Comment number 31. Posted by Cannychanta

    on 4 Mar 2014 09:47

    Please let us not confuse the issue here. The singer is unimportant. Germany won recently with a nineteen-year-old schoolgirl who had no experience .... But she had a good song. Let us select the song FIRST.

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  • Comment number 30. Posted by Cannychanta

    on 4 Mar 2014 09:41

    Looking at comments on Fb I'm afraid you have managed to misjudge the taste of the people again with this song.

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  • Comment number 29. Posted by Eurows

    on 4 Mar 2014 09:12

    Who picks these songs. The lyrics are true Eurovision but it has no Rhythm. If this wins or comes in the top ten I'll eat my hat.

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