BBC unveils new talent Molly as UK representative at Eurovision 2014

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."Molly, singer songwriter, UK Eurovision entrant 2014
Date: 03.03.2014     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.49
Today the BBC announces singer-songwriter Molly Smitten-Downes as the 2014 entrant for The Eurovision Song Contest, performing her own song ‘Children Of The Universe’.

Molly, aged 26, from Leicestershire, was discovered through BBC Introducing and invited to compose and perform a song especially for the competition.

Performing for the UK as her artist name Molly, she has been singing and composing songs for over 10 years and has become widely recognised within the music industry and live music scene. In 2012 she was awarded Best Urban/Pop Act at Live and Unsigned, has performed at numerous festivals including Sundown and in 2013 won Best Song at the Best of British Unsigned Music Awards. She has supported artists such as Jake Bugg, Tinie Tempah, Labrinth & Chase n Status.

She will be flying the flag for the United Kingdom at the 59th Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark, in front of an estimated global audience of over 120 million viewers.

The song ‘Children Of The Universe’ is an anthemic, uplifting track specifically written with live performance in mind. The music video was 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.”

Katie Taylor, Head of Entertainment and Live Events, says: “I couldn’t be happier that Molly is continuing her musical journey with the BBC. She has the chance to make her mark by flying the flag for the UK and be appreciated by millions of people throughout Europe.”

Executive producer, Guy Freeman, says: “BBC Introducing provided us with an extraordinary range of talent to explore and in Molly we found the perfect combination of contemporary songwriting and real vocal quality. Her enthusiasm for the project is infectious and I’m sure that she’ll gain huge support on the journey to Copenhagen.”

The Eurovision Song Contest will take place on Saturday 10 May in Copenhagen, Denmark, broadcast live on BBC One and BBC One HD, with commentary by Graham Norton and live on BBC Radio 2 with commentary from Ken Bruce. The semi-finals will be held on Tuesday 6 and Thursday 8 May, broadcast on BBC Three and BBC Three HD, hosted by Scott Mills.

You can embed the official BBC Eurovision video from the BBC Eurovision website www.bbc.co.uk/eurovision and the official BBC YouTube channel from 19:30.

Pictures are available now at: www.bbcpictures.co.uk

More Eurovision gossip and chat can be found on www.bbc.co.uk/eurovision

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