After months of speculation the United Kingdom’s representative will be broadcast to the nation on BBC RB. On a one-off show called ‘Eurovision 2014: The UK Launch’ it will be announced that Molly Smitten-Downes, AKA ‘Molly’, will be representing the United Kingdom in Copenhagen.
A week ago, it was still being rumoured that a number of well-known acts would be representing the United Kingdom, until Thursday when it was announced by Guy Freeman, who is in charge of organising the United Kingdom’s participation for Copenhagen, that the BBC have opted to utilise the fact that they have a whole department aimed at developing and introducing new acts, this is known as BBC Introducing. Prior to Freeman’s announcement the United Kingdom’s betting odds were 50/1, and highly unlikely to win in May, however, on the day of the announcement, the odds fell to 25/1, and over the weekend when more information came to light regarding possible acts the odds were once again shortened to 16/1, which is 5th favourite to win the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, the odds are subject to change after 19:30 GMT (20:30 CET) when the song becomes available.
It has been rumoured that the song in entitled ‘Children of the Universe’ although ‘I Will be Strong’ is also a title that has been mentioned. Whatever the title, Molly recorded it with a 16 piece orchestra. Guy Freeman has stated that the song will be a “powerful and impressive song that we hope will do us proud in Copenhagen”. Freeman was responsible for selecting the UK songs in the mid-late 1990s, which includes the UK song in 1997, when Katrina and the Waves were selected to represent the United Kingdom with their song ‘Love Shone a Light’ which won the contest and brought the contest to Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena in 1998.
Although it has been unofficially announced as Molly who will fly the Union Flag in Denmark, the BBC are still to officially announce her name, even the BBC website state it is “Strongly suggested it will be newcomer Molly Smitten-Downes”. 26 year old Molly was discovered by the BBC through BBC Introducing when she sent hers song ‘Strange Alien’ through the Introducing portal, and has been played on BBC radio since then.
Scott Mills will host the Eurovision 2014: The UK Launch. Here is a small photo on Scott on stage hosting the UK presentation show.
At 19:30 GMT (20:30 CET) the song will be aired for the first time, and will be an opportunity for the British public to find out the song that will succeed ‘Believe in Me’ performed by Bonnie Tyler in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest last may.
ESCUnited.com will bring you the information as it comes in this evening, and will provide a video of the song when it becomes available.