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ACM would like to congratulate Vocal Degree Alumna (2006) and UK entrant for 2014’s Eurovision Song Contest Molly Smitten-Downes on her performance in Copenhagen, Denmark. The UK entrant, who was selected via the BBC Introducing programme, performed her self-penned song Children of the Universe in front of a packed out stadium and to an estimated 125 million televised audience from across Europe and the World.
Performing 26th and last on the night, Molly and the UK team, which included ACM Drum Tutor Joe Yoshida, were up against the hotly tipped and eventual winner Conchita Wurst from Austria and 24 other European states before a nervous wait saw all her efforts rewarded with a 17th place finish.
‘Children of the Universe’ – The UK’s 2014 Eurovision Song Contest Entry
“Molly was a driven and creative student gaining a grounded understanding of working in the music industry and developing her obvious vocal talent! She graduated with a degree in Vocal Performance 2006 and has been working steadily ever since, winning critical acclaim and showcasing her songwriting talent in collaboration with other artists. Watching student successes like this alongside other members of ACM behind her (Joe Yoshida, drummer for Molly and drum tutor at ACM) is a huge inspiration for our future, current and former students. We’ve all been following her Eurovision journey closely and are so proud of her performance on the night and final placing!”
Julia Martin Head of Teaching and Learning at ACM
Once again ACM would like to congratulate ACM Alumna Molly Smitten-Downes and ACM Tutor Joe Yoshida on their performance at 2014’s Eurovision Song Contest Final and very much look forward to welcoming them back to Guildford!