United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014

Eurovision Song Contest 2014
Country United Kingdom
National selection
Selection process Internal Selection
Selection date(s) 3 March 2014
Selected entrant Molly
Selected song "Children of the Universe"
Finals performance
Final result 17th, 40 points
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
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The United Kingdom participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The British entry was selected through an internal selection, organised by the British broadcaster BBC. Molly represented the United Kingdom with the song "Children of the Universe". Despite being one of the favourites to win, Molly finished in 17th place with a score of 40 points in the final. That was United Kingdom's 4th best placing since the introduction of the semi finals.

Internal selection

BBC confirmed that the United Kingdom would participate in the 2014 contest on 1 October 2013.[1] On 19 February 2014, the BBC confirmed that the United Kingdom would once again opt for an internal selection.[2] On 28 February 2014, the executive producer of Eurovision for the BBC Guy Freeman announced in his blog that the British artist and song would be revealed on 3 March 2014 at 19:30 on the BBC Red Button service by semi-finals commentator Scott Mills.[3] Eurovision.tv also broadcast the show for viewers across the world.[4]

On 3 March 2014, the BBC announced that Molly Smitten-Downes (as her artist name Molly) would represent the United Kingdom with the song "Children of the Universe".[5][6]

At Eurovision

As a member of the "Big Five", the United Kingdom automatically qualified for a place in the final, held on 10 May 2014. In addition to their participation in the final, United Kingdom was assigned to vote in the second semi-final on 8 May 2014.[7] During the British delegation's press conference on 6 May 2014, United Kingdom was allocated to compete in the second half of the final.[8] In the final, the producers of the show decided that United Kingdom would close the show and perform 26th, following San Marino.[9] United Kingdom placed 17th in the final, scoring 40 points.[10]

On stage, Molly was joined by drummer Joe Yoshida and four backing vocalists: Lincoln Jean-Marie, Katie Holmes, Victoria Beaumont, and Sharleen Linton. The British performance featured Molly performing in front of a stage set-up that included the drummer in the centre with two backing vocalists on each side. The LED screens project floral patterns and Chinese lanterns.[11][8]

In the United Kingdom, the semi-finals were broadcast on BBC Three with commentary by Scott Mills and Laura Whitmore.[12] The second semi-final was simulcast on Radio 2 Eurovision, a pop-up DAB station, with commentary from Ana Matronic.[13] The final was broadcast on BBC One with commentary by Graham Norton. The final was broadcast via radio on BBC Radio 2 and on Radio 2 Eurovision with commentary by Ken Bruce.[14] Highlights of the final were broadcast on Radio 2 Eurovision the following day. The British spokesperson revealing the result of the British vote in the final was Scott Mills.[15]

Points awarded to United Kingdom

Points Awarded to United Kingdom (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
  • Ireland
  • Denmark
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
  • San Marino
  • Spain
  • Iceland
  • Malta
  • Georgia
  • Norway
  • Belgium

Points awarded by United Kingdom

Split voting results

The following five members comprised the British jury:[18]

Semi-final 2

The British votes in the first semi-final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[19]
Semi-final 2 – British Results
Draw Country C. Grant S. Allen C. McKenzie G. Gowland L. Wright Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01 Malta 8 1 1 4 5 3 7 4 7
02 Israel 7 14 10 8 9 13 10 13
03 Norway 5 13 12 6 4 7 12 11
04 Georgia 15 12 14 14 11 14 15 15
05 Poland 14 15 15 15 15 15 1 7 4
06 Austria 1 3 8 2 2 2 3 1 12
07 Lithuania 13 5 6 3 7 5 2 2 10
08 Finland 4 6 3 1 1 1 8 3 8
09 Ireland 12 4 4 13 12 11 4 6 5
10 Belarus 10 2 13 9 8 9 11 12
11 Macedonia 11 8 5 7 13 10 14 14
12 Switzerland 9 7 11 5 10 8 9 8 3
13 Greece 3 11 7 11 14 12 6 10 1
14 Slovenia 2 10 2 12 3 4 13 9 2
15 Romania 6 9 8 10 6 6 5 5 6

Final

The British votes in the grand final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[20]
Final – British Results
Draw Country C. Grant S. Allen C. McKenzie G. Gowland L. Wright Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01 Ukraine 22 16 20 18 7 18 12 16
02 Belarus 17 7 17 25 19 19 19 21
03 Azerbaijan 5 4 25 13 6 8 24 18
04 Iceland 8 14 22 14 13 15 4 7 4
05 Norway 7 22 19 11 5 11 17 13
06 Romania 19 11 18 20 22 22 9 17
07 Armenia 20 24 23 16 18 24 16 23
08 Montenegro 16 10 15 23 24 21 25 25
09 Poland 25 25 24 24 25 25 1 11
10 Greece 13 18 8 6 23 14 7 9 2
11 Austria 1 8 9 2 4 3 3 1 12
12 Germany 18 21 16 9 8 16 20 19
13 Sweden 6 12 10 3 1 5 8 4 7
14 France 24 23 12 17 21 23 15 20
15 Russia 14 9 6 19 14 10 18 14
16 Italy 23 19 7 12 15 17 22 22
17 Slovenia 4 6 4 8 16 6 23 15
18 Finland 2 13 3 1 3 2 11 5 6
19 Spain 12 3 1 5 10 4 10 6 5
20 Switzerland 11 17 11 7 12 9 13 10 1
21 Hungary 15 15 13 10 11 12 14 12
22 Malta 3 2 2 4 9 1 5 2 10
23 Denmark 10 5 14 21 17 13 6 8 3
24 Netherlands 9 1 5 15 20 7 2 3 8
25 San Marino 21 20 21 22 2 20 21 24
26  United Kingdom

See also

References

  1. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (1 October 2013). "Eurovision 2014: United Kingdom confirms participation". Esctoday.com. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (19 February 2014). "United Kingdom: BBC opts for internal selection". Esctoday.com. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Freeman, Guy (28 February 2014). "Our vision for Copenhagen". BBC Eurovision Blog. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (28 February 2014). "UK entry revealed on March 3". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest: Little-known artist set to be UK's hopeful". BBC News. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (3 March 2014). "Molly Smitten-Downes to represent the UK". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Escudero, Victor M. (20 January 2014). "Allocation Draw results: Who's in which Semi-Final?". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Storvik-Green, Simon (6 May 2014). "United Kingdom: Molly's powerful message to the people". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Storvik-Green, Simon (9 May 2014). "Running order for the Grand Final revealed!". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Grand Final". Eurovision.tv. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  11. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (4 May 2014). "A powerful universal beat for Molly". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Laura adds more Irish sparkle to BBC's eurovision song show". Herald.ie. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Radio 2 Eurovision Schedule: Thursday 8 May". Radio 2 Eurovision. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "BBC unveils new talent Molly as UK representative at Eurovision 2014". BBC Media Centre. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2014: ecco l’elenco degli spokesperson" (in Italian). Eurofestival News. 8 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Semi-Final2". Eurovision.tv. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Grand Final". Eurovision.tv. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  18. ^ Brey, Marco (1 May 2014). "Who will be in the expert juries?". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 First Semi-Final". Eurovision.tv. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Grand Final". Eurovision.tv. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 

External links

  • BBC's official Eurovision website
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