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Who Is The UK's Eurovision 2021 Entry James Newman?

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Who Is The UK's Eurovision 2021 Entry James Newman?

Since Katrina and the Waves last won the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1997, the United Kingdom has made an embarrassing habit of finishing near the bottom, but how do we fare with this year's entry?

The so-called 'big five' countries - the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, France and Italy - all gain automatic access to the final after last year's competition was cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The UK will be represented by the multi-platinum selling, BRIT Award-winning and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter James Newman with his catchy single 'Embers'.

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After the cancellation of Eurovision in 2020, James Newman has been given a second chance to take part
After the cancellation of Eurovision in 2020, James Newman has been given a second chance to take part

Newman describes the brassy, dance track as a "banger", and says he wanted to create something "full of positivity" following the pandemic.

The 35-year-old won a Brit Award for 'British Single of the Year' in 2013 as a co-writer of 'Waiting All Night' by English drum and bass artists Rudimental and singer Ella Eyre.

The singer has also co-written other smash-hit songs including 'Blame' for Calvin Harris, 'Let 'Em Talk' for Kesha and 'Coping' for Toni Braxton's 2018 album.

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Newman now faces the task of trying to claim the UK their sixth win in the contest - but he faces stiff opposition.

Will the UK be on the receiving end of multiple douze points or will it, as per usual, be nul points?

Who is James Newman?

James Newman was born on October 19 in 1985 and is 35-years-old.

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The singer was born in Settle, North Yorkshire where he and his brother John were brought up by his mum after his father left when he was just six-years-old.

The Newmans are one seriously talented family, too, with his brother James also being a chart-topper after his single 'Love Me Again' went to number one in the UK in 2014.

James moved to London by the time he was in his 20's and had already managed to establish himself as a well-known singer, songwriter, musician and record producer working with some of the country's best-known artists.

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What is the United Kingdom entry?

James Newman was selected to represent the United Kingdom at last year's competition with 'My Last Breath' before the contest was called off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to the BBC in March, Newman said he wanted to write something "fun and upbeat" to mark his return to the competition.

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What has the reaction been like?

Let's face it, the UK hasn't had the best of luck in the last few years at Eurovision, what with Michael Rice coming dead last in 2019 and SuRie's 2018 performance being interrupted by a stage invader.

But this year's effort could just change the UK's fortunes, as James Newman heads to Rotterdam with a total bop.

Will it win? Probably not. But with the right staging, Newman could well indeed 'light up with room' with Embers.

For the first time in a long time, it isn't totally out of the question that the UK could finish on the left-hand side of the board.



Where and when is Eurovision taking place?

The Netherlands is hosting the 65th Eurovision Song Contest at the Ahoy arena in Rotterdam.

They're hosting after Duncan Laurence won the 2019 competition with the song 'Arcade' - and he will open the first semi-final show.

The semi-finals will take place on Tuesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 20 at 8pm (BST).

The final will then be help on Saturday, May 22 at 8pm.

Topics: UK News, Europe, Music, TV & Film

Robert Mann
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