22 March 2014

Eurovision 2014: UK: Children of the Universe

Molly Smitten-Downes: Courtesy YouTube
It's been almost three weeks since the BBC revealed that the song Children of the Universe would represent the United Kingdom at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.

Since then, Molly Smitten-Downes (or just Molly for performing purposes) has been rightfully lauded for writing a song that finally reflects what is currently happening on the British music scene.

Or, at least, a flavour of it. After all, this is still Eurovision and the song is going to have to appeal to a broad base of voters.

That said, Children... is what the BBC promised: anthemic and fresh. Fresh in both its sound and how it is delivered. Molly is 26 and a good forty years plus younger than her most recent predecessors: star names from decades past who could not deliver on the big night.

Having seen the reaction since the song announcement, delivery should not be a problem for Molly. I think we can all agree that UK supporters should not be concerned about her live performance. Her vocals are strong, even if her diction is occasionally unclear and her breathing erractic.

But the performance is not all about Molly. The song has been composed with both strong orchestral instrumentation and backing vocals to help carry it and make it memorable. I'm hoping both the drummer and the backing singers are a focal point of the staging in Copenhagen.

When Molly gets to Denmark, I believe the juries are going to love this and help push it up the scoreboard. With such an open field, it is currently among the favourites to win. Rightfully so, in my opinion.

UPDATE: Here is the official video for the song, released on April 23.

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