Ellie Goulding Voted BBC's Choice For 2010

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Aidan Williamson

08th January 2010
At 11:55 GMT

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Who's the artist which should be giving you a nervous breakdown as a result of the excitement generated by their presence. Turns out it's Ellie Goulding.

The Welsh-born, Hertfordshire-based singer-songwriter was chosen as the leader of the BBC Sound of 2010 list, a list which seeks to highlight the most exciting acts to look out for each year. Capturing the company's attention with her hybrid of soft-rock and drum 'n bass slash electro. her profile is likely to sky-rocket now. 

Recalling the genesis of her new musical style, she told BBC News: "I'd got back from lectures and had probably been to the gym and would instantly play the guitar in my bedroom. All of a sudden I heard this drum 'n' bass coming from my friend's room and it sounded amazing and so new. I'd heard nothing like it.

"It was Frankmusik and I immediately looked up his MySpace and asked him to work on one of my songs, not expecting him to answer. But he replied within about five minutes. The next week, I went round to his house and ended up staying for a week and recorded a couple of songs.

"It was like my songs had come alive. He made me realise that they could be something much more exciting and much more sparkly and pretty."

Previous winners of the BBC Sound of... poll include 50 Cent, Keane, The Bravery, Mika, Adele and Little Boots. Don't let that put you off though, listen to the video below.

VIDEO: Ellie Goulding - 'Under the Sheets' [Live on Jools Holland]

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