United Kingdom: It’s James Newman for Eurovision 2021
The British broadcaster, BBC, confirmed today that James Newman has been invited back to represent the nation at Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam next May.
United Kingdom is joining the list of nations that have opted for their ESC 2020 hopeful which missed out the chance to complete last year’s journey to Rotterdam due to the contest’s cancellation. Thus, James Newman will defend the UK’s colors at Eurovision 2021 next May in The Netherlands.
The British act stated on his return:
“I’m so excited and honoured to be getting a second chance at representing my country in the Eurovision Song Contest. I haven’t stopped making new music in lockdown and I can’t wait for everyone to hear the song I’m taking to Eurovision in 2021.”
About James Newman
James Newman is an English singer-songwriter based in London and hails from Settle, Yorkshire, in North England.. He is the brother of pop star John Newman. At the 2014 Brit Awards, Newman won the Brit Award for British Single of the Year as a co-writer of “Waiting All Night” by Rudimental. He has also co-written hits such as “Blame” by Calvin Harris (feat. John Newman) and “Love Me Like You” by Little Mix.
James is no stranger to the Eurovision family as he was co-writer of “Dying to Try” by Brendan Murray, who represented Ireland at ESC 2017, in Kiev. He has also collaborated with the Australian ESC 2015 act, Guy Sebastian, in his track “Keep Me Coming Back” which is included in his album entitled Conscious.
The Eurovision Story so Far
The United Kingdom debuted in the Eurovision Song Contestin 1957 and has been crowned winner five times (1967, 1969, 1975, 1981, 1997). The UK holds the record of finishing in the 2nd place the most times than every other country in the contest, specifically 15 times. In the recent years its results are rather disappointing for a country with such a big share in the international music industry.
UK followed held a national selection in 2016 to select Joe and Jake who finished 24th. In 2017 through the same process Lucie Jones was decided to represent the UK ending in the final 15th while last year Eurovision You Decide 2018 winner, SuRie finished in the 24th place in the grand final.
In Michael Rice won the national selection Eurovision You Decide 2019 and represented the British colours in Tel Aviv with his entry Bigger than Us, but scored another disappointing result for the Uk as he finished last in the Grand final.
Last year James Newman was set to represent the country with the song “My last breath”. Unfortunately, he never had the chance to perform in Rotterdam as the contest was cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic.