In recent years Eurovision has been followed by a torrent of press decrying the UK’s poor results. That Engelbert Humperdinck came 25th and that Bonnie Tyler finished 19th was a source of national anger…and a bit of frothing at the mouth. “Europe hates us!” so many seemed to say.
Thankfully we’ve largely been spared that drama this year. People seem to accept that Molly Smitten-Downe’s performance was sound and her vocals on point, but that it simply did not resonate with Europeans as much as Britons. Molly, a pre-contest favourite, may not have won. But her 17th place finish continues Britain’s upward trajectory. The positive press in the run-up to the contest also restored a bit of pride among British Eurovision fans. The BBC selection process appears to be back on track.
Now Miss Molly has something else to be happy about. Our readers have named her their favourite automatic qualifier!
Our readers cast a total of 3,922 votes, and Molly walked away with an impressive 1,334 of them—or around 34%. That put her just ahead of Spain’s Ruth Lorenzo (30%) and well ahead of third-place finisher Emma Marrone from Italy (11%).
You can see the complete poll results below. Now that you’ve had time to reflect, who was your favourite Big 5 + Denmark act? Did the actual results from Eurovision sit well with you? Sound off below!
1. United Kingdom’s Molly: 1,334 votes, 34.01%
2. Spain: 1,175 votes, 29.96%
3. Italy: 443 votes, 11.3%
4. France: 366 votes, 9.33%
5. Denmark: 327 votes, 8.34%
6. Germany: 277 votes, 7.06%
Actual results at Eurovision 2014
17. United Kingdom
Photo: Sander Hesterman (EBU)