The BBC will hold an ‘X-Factor’ style talent search to determine the UK’s next Eurovision hopeful.
After years of Eurovision disappointment, the BBC are hoping the UK can do better next year, by handing the decision of who will represent the country back to the public. The UK’s Eurovision entry had always been chosen by the public until 2011, when a ‘panel of experts’ were brought in by the Beeb to make the decision.
Last year Electro Velvet were chosen with the song ‘Still In Love With You’, which earned an embarrassing five points and saw the UK finish fourth from last. The biggest success the UK has had in recent years was back in 2009 when Jade Ewen finished fifth with ‘It’s My Time’. Ewen won the right to represent the UK through BBC show ‘Eurovision: Your Country Needs You’.
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Everybody loves Conchita Wurst, it's offical, but what do we know about the Eurovision's break out star?
Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst stole the show at this year’s Eurovision. Winning by a mile she managed to overcome controversy and triumph thanks to her mesmerising performance of ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’. But who is the Austrian sensation who first gained famed as Thomas Neuwirth?
Conchita Wurst won this year's Eurovision
Conchita Wurst is the alter ego of Thomas Neuwirth, a 25 year old Austrian singer born in the small town of Gumden. Neuwirth’s first brush with fame came in 2007 when he reached the final of Austrian talent show Starmania, which is kind of like the X-Factor without the Simon Cowell influence. Wurst made it all the way to the final but eventually came in second to Nadine Beiler. who coincidently went on to represent Austria in the 2011 Eurovision, but only managed 18th place.
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Conchita dominated the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.
Molly Smitten-Downes Finished 17th
Dubbed the "bearded lady", drag queen Wurst delivered a sickeningly grandiose James Bond style ballad, Rise Like a Phoenix and pulled away from the competition midway through the results.
Conchita Wurst, the contestant from Austria, has won the Eurovision Song Contest. The bearded drag act performed ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’ and won by a considerably margin.
Austria has won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest which was held last night (10th May) in Copenhagen. Conchita Wurst, a drag act, won the competition with her son ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’ which received 290 points.
Conchita Wurst won the Eurovision Song Contest representing Austria.
Austria won by a considerably number of points. The Netherlands came in second with 238 points whilst Sweden obtained third place with 218. The British act, Molly Smitten-Downes came in 17th place with her song ‘Children of the Universe’. Molly gained 40 points and came in 17th out of the 26 countries in the final.
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The little-known singer-songwriter Molly Smitten-Downes, whose only previous taste of the limelight was featuring on the 2008 Sash song 'Raindrops (Encore Une Fois)' is the UK's selection of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. The 26-year-old will represent the UK in Copenhagen, Denmark, in May with her track 'Children of the Universe.'
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Her selection comes after previous UK entrants Bonnie Tyler and Engelbert Humperdinck struggled with middling ballads. Humperdinck finished 25th, while Tyler managed 19th.
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Scandinavia makes it two wins on the trot, with Ireland, Spain and Finland bringing up the rear
Denmark emerged as the winners of Sunday's (May 19) Eurovision Song Contest, with 20-year-old singer Emmelie de Forest taking home the crown with her folk-pop selection 'Only Teardops.' The competition, held in Malmo, Sweden, also gave Scandanavian it's second successive win, with singer Loreen's 'Euphoria' taking home the award in Baku, Azerbaijan, last year.
Considering the massive cost of the song contest in recent years, with host cities spending upwards of £50 million over the past few years, Malmo decided for a stripped back approach this time, with de Forest's song reflecting this austere mood. He singing was complemented by a drums and a tin whistle, resulting an uplifting pop song that was a far cry from the extravagant displays soundtracked by a EuroPop anthem that was the norm for most other countries.
Emmelie de Forest is ushered from the stage after being presented with her award
Bonnie Tyler appears to have little chance at the Eurovision song contest this year.
With just one day to go until this year's Eurovision Song Contest, the UK's entry Bonnie Tyler has been pushed out to 50/1 from original odds of 40/1. The British songstress has courted little support in a market dominated by Denmark's Emmelie De Forest, who is now considered the overwhelming favourite at 4/6. The barefooted beauty has attracted more than a third of all the money placed on the competition and the odds suggest that it's unthinkable she could lose the title.
Though Bonnie Tyler appears to face an uphill task to win - have you heard her song?! - Azerbaijan are attracting some support having been cut to 12/1 from 20/1 in the space of 24 hours. Belgium have been the week's biggest movers having been cut from 300/1 to 100/1. A spokesperson for Paddy Power said "It's unusual to have an odds on favourite for the Eurovision but our punters seem to be in agreement with us. At 25/1 Ryan Dolan [Ireland] certainly has a chance but Bonnie Tyler will need a huge performance to prove her odds wrong."
Elsewhere, Russia are still available at 14/1, while Germany and the Netherlands are still 25/1. Sweden could be worth a bet at 66/1 while Finland, Greece and Georgia are priced at a modest 33/1. It appears that Denmark's main rival will be nearby Norway, currently available at 11/2.