Molly Smitten-Downes to represent UK at Eurovision

Unknown singer Molly Smitten-Downes has been unveiled as the hopeful who BBC chiefs believe could help to raise the UK's flagging fortunes after recent flops at Eurovision.

Molly Smitten-Downes Credit: BBC/PA Wire

The 26-year-old from Leicestershire has been chosen to perform her self-written song Children Of The Universe.

She will compete in front of a potential TV audience of 120 million at the contest in Copenhagen on May 10.

"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," the singer said.

Molly Smitten-Downes has been writing songs for a decade and has supported acts such as Jake Bugg, Tinie Tempah and Labrinth.

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