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Molly Smitten-Downes: 'Thanks for all the support'

British Eurovision contestant Molly Smitten-Downes has tweeted thanks to her fans after coming 17th in the competition:


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UK entry Molly meets fans ahead of Eurovision final

The UK's Eurovision hopeful Molly Smitten-Downes has been meeting fans in Copenhagen ahead of tonight's final.

Former music student Molly is hoping for success performing 'Children of the Universe', a song she composed herself.

Molly Smitten-Downes meeting fans in Copenhagen ahead of tonight's Eurovision. Credit: Kevin Johnston

Leicester singer one of the favourites for Eurovision

Molly Smitten-Downes from Leicester is one the favourites to win this years Eurovision Song Contest in Denmark.

The 27-year-old from Anstey will be representing the UK with the song Children of the Universe and is third favourite to win.

Molly is pleased her song has had a positive reaction but anything can happen in the competition.


Leicester's Molly Smitten-Downes on preparing for Eurovision

This year's Eurovision Song Contest entry, Molly Smitten-Downes from Leicester, say she still can't believe she'll be representing the UK next month.

Ahead of the competition - which is expected to attract up to 180 million viewers - Molly gave a special performance in London for her fans.

In an exclusive interview with ITV News Central, she says wherever she finishes, she will feel like a winner.

Leicestershire singer says it's an 'honour' to represent the UK at Eurovision

Molly Smitten-Downes will represent the UK at Eurovision Credit: Molly Smitten-Downes

Molly Smitten-Downes from Rothley in Leicestershire could sing before an audience of 120 million people during the Eurovision Song Contest in May.

She is a relatively unknown artist compared to some previous performers: last year Bonnie Tyler came 19th and Engelbert Humperdinck was 25th out of 26 acts in 2012.

Molly said: "I'm so excited for everyone to hear Children of The Universe. I'm so happy with it.

To represent the United Kingdom in such a huge competition, not only as a singer and performer but as a songwriter is an unbelievable honour. I hope I can do us proud."

Leicestershire singer chosen for Eurovision entry

Molly Smitten-Downs (Pictures: YOUTUBE)

A relatively unknown singer from Rothley in Leicestershire has been picked to represent the United Kingdom in Eurovision song contest.

26 year old Molly Smitten-Downs has been writing songs for a decade and has supported artists like Jake Bugg and Tinie Tempah.

She will be singing her self-written song Children of the Universe in Denmark in May.

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Humperdinck congratulates Bonnie Tyler on Eurovision

Last year's UK entry for the Eurovision Song Contest Engelbert Humperdinck has congratulated Bonnie Tyler as she takes the baton this year.

Welsh singer Tyler was unveiled yesterday as the UK hopeful with a track called Believe In Me which she will sing at the event in Malmo, Sweden.

Humperdinck referred to the competition as a "pyramid of paradise" and said "You can do it Bonnie" Credit: BBC

In a letter, Humperdinck, 76, wrote:

"Dear Bonnie, I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate you on being the one to represent our wonderful country.

"The loss of winning had me stepping on a loose unforgiving stone on a pyramid to paradise.

Bonnie Tyler performs on German television last month Credit: Andreas Lander/DPA/Press

"But paradise will always be there for someone else to triumph in fair judgment to pride our country once again

PS You can do it Bonnie."