Little-known singer tipped to be UK's Eurovision entry

Unknown singer Molly Smitten-Downes is being tipped as the UK's entry for Eurovision as the BBC ditches its recent strategy of enlisting veteran stars for the annual music bash.

"We took the view that we needed a bespoke, contemporary song, written specifically to suit the conditions of the competition - rather than trying to get lucky with a pre-existing track from an artist," the BBC's executive producer for Eurovision, Guy Freeman, said in a blog.

BBC bosses will be hoping to fare better than recent years with last year's entry Bonnie Tyler finishing in a lowly 19th position.

A year earlier Engelbert Humperdinck's place was even more disastrous when he came 25th out of a field of 26.

The UK's entry will be announced officially tonight.