How Much Does The UK’s Eurovision Entry Actually Know About Europe?

Spoiler: She doesn’t know that much.

1. This is Molly. She’ll be representing the U.K. in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

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Molly Smitten-Downes, a 27-year-old from Leicestershire, was selected by the BBC to represent the UK in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Denmark.

Eurovision entrants are selected by participating broadcasters. Molly was chosen by Guy Freeman, BBC Eurovision’s Executive Producer, and his team in March. “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,” he explained in a BBC blog.

Molly was discovered through BBC Introducing, which Guy describes as “the gateway for undiscovered and unsigned music makers to upload their best tracks and get them heard and featured by the BBC.”

He explains, “We carefully approached a few artists who stood out to us and once they understood what we were trying to achieve, they embraced the idea of writing a song for the competition from scratch.”

“It was a bit of a surprise when the BBC got in touch and asked me to have a go,” Molly told BuzzFeed. “But I’m so glad they did. I’m absolutely loving it.”

Molly thinks Armenia will be her biggest competition, but picks Spain out as her favourite act. “Ruth Lorenzo is incredible,” she says. “She’s all about the performance.”

Molly is at 14 - 1 to win Eurovision, according to Paddy Power.

Molly will be performing in Copenhagen on 10th May. But does she know where Denmark is?


We asked her to identify 10 European flags.

2. 0/1. Molly didn’t get off to a good start, mistaking Finland’s flag for Latvia.

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3. 1/2. But things picked up when she correctly identified Russia.

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4. 1/3. Molly didn’t even want to guess Belgium’s flag.

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5. 2/4. At least she recognised the flag of Denmark, this year’s host country.

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6. 3/5. She recognised Austria.

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7. 3/6. But not Macedonia.

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8. 4/7. She got Estonia.

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9. 5/8. And Portugal.

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10. 6/9. And obviously Ireland.

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11. 6/10. But failed to guess Hungary correctly.

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12. She finished with a score of 6/10, which isn’t too bad. But how would she do at placing countries on a map?


We gave Molly a map and a pen.

It didn’t go very well.

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Let’s zoom in, shall we?

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That’s Ireland, The U.K., Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Norway and Russia correctly placed.

But that’s also Switzerland in the place of Sweden, Denmark in the place of Finland and Poland in the place of Ukraine.

Oh, Molly.

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13. Watch Molly perform her Eurovision entry, “Children Of The Universe” here.

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