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.Katie Taylor, Head, BBC Entertainment and Live Events
Date: 22.04.2014 Last updated: 22.04.2014 at 15.42
Molly Smitten-Downes, aged 26, from Leicestershire, will be flying the flag for the United Kingdom at the 59th Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark.
She will be performing her self-penned song ‘Children Of The Universe’ in front of an estimated global audience of over 180 million viewers.
Performing for the UK as her mononym artist name Molly, she was discovered through the BBC Introducing scheme, but 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 and Chase n Status.
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 & Laura Whitmore.
This year will also see the launch of 'Radio 2 Eurovision', a pop-up digital radio station to celebrate this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and complement the output on BBC Radio 2 and TV networks BBC One and BBC Three.
The BBC’s first digital pop-up station since Olympics Extra in 2012, it will offer the most comprehensive coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest to date, from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 May 2014, aiming to satisfy the most enthusiastic Eurovision fan.
To celebrate this year’s Eurovision, BBC Radio 2 will be broadcasting a special pop-up digital radio service, complementing the output on BBC Radio 2 and TV networks BBC One and BBC Three.
The BBC’s first digital pop-up service since Olympics Extra in 2012, Radio 2 Eurovision will offer the most comprehensive coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest to date.
Aiming to satisfy the most enthusiastic Eurovision fans, Radio 2 Eurovision will air from midday to midnight from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 May 2014, over the four days of transmission. However, on the big day Saturday 10 May, it will be simulcast with Radio 2 from 10am to 1pm with Graham Norton’s regular weekly show, when he will be live on air from this year’s host city, Copenhagen.
The network will feature shows presented by Radio 4's Paddy O’Connell, Radio 1's Scott Mills and Radio 2's Ken Bruce, Maria McErlane, Michael Ball and Terry Wogan, who presented his legendary TV commentary from 1973 to 2008.
Listeners to Radio 2 Eurovision will be able to hear highlights of the first semi-final on Thursday afternoon with the second semi-final live on Thursday night. And Paddy O’Connell will be live every day from Denmark with the latest news from behind the scenes, as well as hosting the Eurovision post-show party on the Saturday night.
Radio 2 Eurovision will also feature a range of brand-new programmes including The Luck Of The Irish in which Sir Terry Wogan reflects on why Ireland is the most successful country in Eurovision history; Scissor Sisters’ Ana Matronic takes to the air alongside members of 1981 winners, Bucks Fizz, ahead of the competition final on Saturday night which will be simulcast on both networks from 8pm to 11pm; and David Quantick presents The Blagger's Guide To Eurovision (Thursday 8 May, 5pm).
There will also be special Eurovision-themed editions of Sounds Of The 60s with Brian Matthew (Friday 9 May, 5pm repeated Saturday, 3.30pm), Sounds Of The 70s with Johnnie Walker (Thursday 8 May, 7pm repeated Sun 11 10pm) and Sounds Of The 80s with Sara Cox (Thursday 8 May, 3.30pm repeated Friday 9 May, 10pm). Stand by for songs from Bardo, Dana International, Sandie Shaw and the kings and queens of Eurovision - Abba. Plus there will be documentaries from the BBC archive.
Radio 2 Eurovision (@R2eurovision) will be on digital radio, at bbc.co.uk/radio2, on the BBC iPlayer Radio App and the UK Radio Player. A live online blog will update listeners with the latest news and images throughout the big event and will include the audiences’ views and contributions via social media.
As well as the pop-up radio station, there will be a whole host of Eurovision-related programming on BBC Radio 2 including Buck’s Fizz’s Cheryl Baker joining Ken Bruce as his special guest on Monday 5 May, playing Eurovision classics on Tracks Of My Years.
Ken will then broadcast live from Copenhagen ahead of the Eurovision Song contest (Friday 9 May), with an exclusive interview with Frida and Bjorn from ABBA and he’ll be joined by last year’s winner from Denmark, Emmelie de Forest. During the show, there will be a special edition of the daily quiz PopMaster between two Eurovision commentators Scott Mills and Marty Whelan from RTE. Ken will also be speaking to former UK entrants Sonia, The Brotherhood of Man and Bruce Welch.
On Saturday 10 May, both Graham Norton and Ken Bruce will be live from Denmark. Graham Norton will be joined by guests, including British entry Molly, plus, back in London, John Barrowman and Michelle Collins, and Maria McErlane has more Grill Grahams. And at 8pm the same night, Ken Bruce will present live coverage of the 59th Eurovision Song Contest.
Eurovision Pop-Up DAB full schedule:
Thursday 8 May
12midday-1.30pm Paddy O’Connell
1.30pm-3.30pm 1st Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest
3.30pm-4.30pm Eurovision Sounds Of The 80s
4.30pm-5pm Scott Mills Copenhagen
5pm-6pm Blaggers Guide to Eurovision
6pm-7pm Bruce & Bonnie
7pm-8pm Eurovision Sounds Of The 70s
8pm-10pm 2nd Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest
10pm-11pm Maria McErlane
11pm-midnight From Abba to Azerbaijan
Friday 9 May
12pm-1.30pm Paddy O’Connell
1.30pm-3pm Ken Bruce’s Top 20 British Eurovision Entries