Molly Smitten-Downes, Britain”s Eurovision hopeful, has revealed she”s keeping her cool before Saturday night”s big event.
Speaking ahead of the competition, which takes place in the Danish capital of Copenhagen on 10 May, Leicestershire-born Molly said she”s more excited than scared.
“I wouldn”t say I was nervous just yet – mostly excited,” said Molly, who personally wrote the song she will perform, Children Of The Universe. “There are some really good songs and I think I”ve got some stiff competition. It”s not going to be an easy call.”
The 27-year-old said her song is “quite contemporary, with a bit of a tribal feel” and revealed it was inspired by Max Ehrmann”s 1927 poem Desiderata.
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“People can judge what they want and they will,” she said. “But I”m pleased with this song and I”m confident in it.
“I”ve always found it [the poem] really inspiring and comforting,” Molly explained. “It starts off where you”re in a bit of a bad place and transcends into a sort of awakening, realising you”re worth so much more than that.
“I”m not compromising my artistic integrity at all, which is really important, especially with all the negative Eurovision stigma that can come with it.”
Molly, who has supported Jake Bugg, Tinie Tempah, Labrinth and Chase and Status at previous gigs, has already had a taste of the limelight. She scored a place in the UK top ten when she sang on Sash”s Raindrops (Encore Une Fois) in 2008.
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Molly also won the urban/pop category at the Live and Unsigned contest at the O2 Arena in 2012, and sang on Basshunter”s 2009 album Bass Generation.
The UK last won Eurovision in 1997, when Katrina and the Waves scored top points with Love Shine A Light.
Sweden”s entry Sanna Nielsen is favourite to win
Molly will be the last act to perform during Saturday”s final, with experts saying this is a positive thing as her track will be fresh in the judges” minds when they come to vote.
According to bookmakers William Hill, Sweden”s entry Sanna Nielsen is favourite to win the contest 11/4 although spokesman Rupert Adams said “We have never seen so many bets on the Eurovision Song Contest – records could be broken and there is even a chance we will see a UK winner.”