We’re in single figures in our Countdown To Eurovision series after today, with just over a week to go until the eyes of Europe focus on Copenhagen for the official kick-off of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. As always the competition is split into the two semi finals, from which ten countries will emerge (from each) to fight another day in the Grand Final on Saturday May 10. There, they’ll compete against the “big five” nations of the UK, France, Spain, Germany and Italy, along with the host nation Denmark.
MOLLY : Children Of The Universe
The poor old UK hasn’t had much success at Eurovision of late. They rolled out ’80s legend Bonnie Tyler for last year’s competition in Sweden and came 19th. With crooner Engelbert Humperdinck in Azerbaijan the previous year, they placed second last. Even boyband Blue couldn’t get them over the line back in 2011 in Germany, placing 11th with ‘I Can’. And the less said about Josh Dubovie’s last place position with ‘That Sounds Good To Me’ in Norway in 2010 the better.
This time around, they’ve gifted a relative unknown the honour of representing them at Eurovision. 27 year old Molly Smitten-Downes (just ‘Molly’ for Eurovision purposes) will fly the Union Jack with the song ‘Children Of The Universe’. The song title sounds a bit daft. But what about the track itself?
It’s one of the strongest tracks Britain’s fielded for a great many years. Molly’s voice is a quite smoky and emotive in its upper reaches; seductive and smooth down low and it’s certainly in with a chance of gifting the UK its first top ten placing since Jade Ewen back in 2009.