On Saturday, the British Eurovision delegation arose from its annual slumber to break the news that the UK’s entry for Rotterdam would be released on Thursday 27 February. Then, on Tuesday, the BBC released a snowy teaser.
The silent clip, which shows a wintery forest akin to the ones in the music videos for Austria’s 2017 and 2018 entries, doesn’t give away much. However, it has seen anticipation for the upcoming release reach new highs. Especially, following the hype that had begun building up around the singer John Newman since the night before.
By Tuesday afternoon, many fans were all but convinced that the multi-time chart-topper would be flying the Union Jack next May.
BBC Eurovision 2020 teaser
— BBC Eurovision?? (@bbceurovision) February 25, 2020
United Kingdom at Eurovision 2020 — John Newman
Throughout Monday night and into Tuesday morning, momentum began to grow behind a theory that John Newman is the United Kingdom’s chosen act.
It’s difficult to pinpoint where the social media buzz first started. Some are attributing it to a couple of Eurovision-related journalists suddenly following John. Others seem to be pointing towards Instagram.
Regardless, the buzz intensified when Newman sent out a flurry of tweets on Tuesday morning.
- “It’s a family affair”
- “Nearly time for a head to head that’s been coming a while”
- “Huge week incoming”
- “Sush sush whispers. Im locked loaded and ready hahaha”
- “I’m ready take me into next week like……”
Only the last two tweets remain online at the time of writing.
Now, these tweets might mean nothing to the average person. But Eurovision fans are renowned sleuths. Many are taking the “huge week” to refer to the aftermath of his song release. Although, the mention of “next week” is a bit of a curveball.
The “family affair” is being taken to refer to John’s brother James Newman. He’s a renowned songwriter who has penned massive hits for John and other artists, including Jess Glynne, Little Mix and Ed Sheeran. He also co-wrote Ireland’s Eurovision 2017 entry.
James’ involvement would put a convenient bow on this parcel of guesswork. Because, while John is singed to the Island record label, James has a deal with BMG. And, as announced last autumn, BMG is partnering with the BBC to select the UK’s Eurovision 2020 entry.
Of course, this could all come to nothing. Earlier this season, fans had a field day joining the dots between the social media mutterings of several other established singers, including X Factor stars Sam Bailey and Fleur East. Both women subsequently confirmed that they were not entering in 2020.
Wait, so it's John Newman that is rumoured for UK #eurovision?
Tbh, I don't care if it's him or some other known singer. I'm just hoping for a great song so UK fans can support their entry 100% again. They are great fans!
It's what they deserve ?
Go UK ? Reveal that bop ? pic.twitter.com/UaXN6kqaxQ
— EuroGuy #teamHurricane ?? (@EuroGuyXX) February 25, 2020
If the rumour is true and it is John Newman doing Eurovision for the UK this year it would be the most relevant name competing for the UK in a generation. It could be an “Anouk moment” for the UK. ?
— Neil MacInnes (@Neilis2cool) February 25, 2020
Looking extremely likely that John Newman is, or is involved with, our UK Eurovision artist for 2020 ?
That, or he’s just casually trolling eurofans since the BBC announcement of an announcement.. https://t.co/TWWUh2dx3h
— Lewis J 815? ???? (@LewisJ815) February 25, 2020
If the rumours are true that John Newman is representing us at Eurovision (he’s even trending on Twitter now ?) I’m just thinking about how his song Fire In Me would have been a good Eurovision song
— Laura Dixon ??????? (@LauraSianDixon) February 25, 2020
We should aim for James Newman and be ecstatic if we get John Newman ? no shade, James has a killer voice but John has the industry clout! #eurovision
— AC (@CardwellA92) February 25, 2020
Who is John Newman?
John Newman was one of the most successful British male vocalists of the earlier part of the last decade. Between 2012 and 2014 he enjoyed three number one singles — “Feel The Love” (with Rudimental), “Love Me Again” and “Blame” (with Calvin Harris). The 29-year-old has four Brit nominations and an Ivor Novello nod to his name. However, his career has been hindered by health issues.
He has twice been diagnosed with brain tumors. He underwent surgery in 2012 and 2016. He has also battled with his mental health.
Do you think the Twitter sleuths have cracked it? Would John be a good choice? Or will the UK go with someone else? Let us know in the comments.