Live: United Kingdom Song Premiere

Tonight, the tight-lipped BBC will present the United Kingdom’s entry for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen. Radio DJ and Eurovision semifinal commentator Scott Mills will host the show which will be broadcast on the BBC’s Red Button service.

There has been an unprecedented amount of speculation surrounding the UK selection this year with the rumour mill going into overdrive in the past few months. Even in the past 24 hours it has been reported by both the EBU and the BBC that Molly Smitten-Downes, an unsigned singer-songwriter from Leicester will fly the UK flag in Copenhagen. However this news has yet to be made official and the song will be presented tonight in a special broadcast at 1925GMT (2025CET).

In a blog post by Guy Freeman, the executive producer for the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest, it was revealed that the UK act has been carefully selected with a vision based upon recent Eurovision winners. It was also revealed that the artist had been discovered through BBC Introducing, who have ignited the careers of Ed Sheeran and Florence + The Machine, to name a few. The song has been written specifically for the purpose of representing the UK in Eurovision and will not be another album track from a well-known artist, which the UK have become known for over the past few years.

Molly Smitten-Downes is the name of the unestablished artist who will be stepping into the spotlight tonight for the UK. The song she will sing is rumoured to be titled “Children of the Universe”, you can find out if the speculation is true and you can also hear the song first by following our liveblog of the BBC’s special Eurovision broadcast tonight at from 1925GMT (2025CET). You can also watch the show here.

Time for the show:
Scott Mills is hosting an interview with Molly Smitten-Downes. The rumours are true. Molly was discovered through BBC Introducing, and was first championed by DJ Dean Jackson, from BBC Introducing. She’s also revealed that she hasn’t even told her family and friends that she’ll be participating in Eurovision! When questioned about the style of the song, she says she wants to write a song which is personal to her, that she can connect with the audience over and share with Europe. Although admitting she was nervous about her reputation, she’s been given the thumbs up from her friends who are in the music industry.

The Performance: Children of the Universe is the name of the song and it’s an uplifting and inspiring anthem. The crowd are going wild, she’s joined on stage by a band consisting of a drummer, guitarist and three backing singers. The crowd are swaying from side to side, it’s a “lighters in the air” tune. “Power to the People” is the message of the song, the vocals are powerful and it’s a very inspiring song. In a pop-rock style, she delivers the song flawlessly.

And after the performance there is a short video of her family’s reaction to the news of her participating in Eurovision, to which they are overjoyed. A very short but positive and uplifting press release from the United Kingdom. What do you think? Have the UK gone down the right route this time? Do you like Children of the Universe? We want to hear all of your comments at and thank you again for reading tonight’s liveblog, below, you can see the first performance of Children of the Universe.

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