United Kingdom: Molly Smitten-Downes

Molly UK

 

 

Its been a little while since the UK has chosen an act aged under thirty, and an act that isn’t ‘washed up’…even longer since. So when Executive Producer Guy Freeman wrote a blog post last week titled Our vision for Copenhagen (not skirting around “memorable misfires”), revealing that the 2014 act would be picked from the BBC Introducing talent pool – change was in the springtime air.

Tonight the BBC announced (although Twitter did a good job of spoiling any suspense last night, to which the BBC responded in the only way they knew how today) that Molly Smitten-Downes, a 26-year old singer from Leicestershire, is this year’s chosen one, and that she has also specially-penned this year’s entry, Children of the Universe.

She’s been writing songs since she was 11, and wouldn’t mind using the Contest as a stepping stone to Glastonbury (well, me too). She’s been a support act for Jake Bugg, Tinie Tempah, Labrinth and Chase and Status, and can say “this one time, I sang on Basshunter’s album” without lying. Molly is guaranteed a place in May’s Copenhagen final, along with France, Germany, Spain, Italy and last year’s winners, Denmark.

Youth might not be key to success – in 2009 spry Josh Dubovie finished just as low, 25th, as Engelbert Humperdinck in 2012 – but there’s always that tiny, hopeful possibility that things could take the same turn as they did for young Jade Ewen in 2009, who finished fifth.

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On the one hand, Eurovision is certainly the place for songs with messages of unity, peace, love and joy. On the other, when those messages are sung without a modicum of personality or charm, there’s a risk of being lost amongst the visually or vocally strong acts. The UK is on the up – for the first time in quite a few years it’s possible to listen to the UK’s entry without grimacing the whole way through. Yet it’s lucky that sweet Molly’s place in the final is certain as one of the Big Five: it’s less about the many merits of her entry than the quality of the other 25 that will be competing against her – some of which (France, Armenia, Sweden) are very, very catchy.

Contagious rating: 7/10

 

 

Children of the Universe

Power to the people (oh, hey, hey)
Power to the people (oh, oh, oh, oh)

I’ve been tired of this thinking (hey)
So I’ve drowned it out with drinking (oh)
Tastes like a bitter pill but I’ll just wash it down
With the taste of something sweet that some doctor gave me now
And this is a madness
I’m not giving in

We’re shining like diamonds
With fire in our bones
Standing beside you I’ve a feeling that I’ll never walk alone

We’re children of the universe, don’t you know
Dancing on the edge of time and it’s ours to own
Just children of the universe

Power to the people (oh, hey, hey)
Power to the people (oh, oh, oh, oh)
Power to the people (oh, hey, hey)
You know what we want and we’ve gotta get it now

Something’s stirring in the silence (hey, hey)
And it reeks of passive violence (oh)
Hold on tight this opportunity we’ll take, put an end to all this suffering before it gets too late
Hopes on the horizon
I’m not giving in

We’re children of the universe don’t you know
Dancing on the edge of time and it’s ours to own
Just children of the universe

We’re shining like diamonds
With love in our hearts
They said it’s the end but I’ve a feeling
It might just be the start
As I am awakened with fire in my bones
Standing beside you I’ve a feeling that I’ll never walk alone

We’re children of the uni, children of the uni,
Children of the universe don’t you know
Yeah dancing on the edge of time and it’s ours to own
‘Cause we are children of the universe
Just children of the universe

Power to the people

Courtesy of Eurovision.tv