Tomorrow morning, the BBC will finally reveal who will be representing the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2020. While fans wait in anticipation for the big reveal, the speculation over who the mystery artist is has continued. Now, rumours on social media suggest that James Newman may be the one heading to Rotterdam for the UK, with the song “My Last Breath”.
Earlier this week, attention began building around John Newman, brother of James Newman. The “Love Me Again” hitmaker posted a series of cryptic tweets (that have since been deleted), which some interpreted as being linked to the UK Eurovision announcement on Thursday.
Since then, the attention has turned to the older of the brothers, James Newman. The audio for a song called “My Last Breath” has also appeared online, which fans have linked to James’ potential Eurovision participation.
James Newman to perform “My Last Breath” at Eurovision 2020 for the United Kingdom?
One of John’s now deleted tweets read “It’s a family affair”. This was widely interpreted to refer to James, and that his older brother could be involved with the Eurovision entry in some way.
Some initially thought that James may have co-written a Eurovision song for his brother. However, many have begun to change their line of inquiry, instead suspecting that James is the artist who will perform in Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena in May.
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.
Realistic UK theory: I notice that John Newman’s brother, James, has recently started following Ken Bruce on here. He has his own page on the BMG site and co-wrote “Dying to Try” by Brendan Murray. Just throwing it out there, more likely than Mabel or Steps
— conJackulations ?? ?? (@IfJackWereSorry) February 24, 2020
However, Eurofans are known to be persistent in their search for answers. The speculation has now turned to the song that James may perform at Eurovision.
The first signs of a potential song appeared on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. User @tchuqo shared a screenshot of an entry they had found in a song licencing catalogue.
The song in this entry is titled “My Last Breath”, with the artist stated as James Newman. James has not currently released a song with this title, suggesting that it will be released at some point in the future. Notably, the rights to the song are owned by BMG.
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— Matthew (@tchuqo) February 26, 2020
This specific song is said to be co-written by Iain Farquharson, Adam Argyle and Edward Drewett.
Ed Drewett is a majorly decorated songwriter, having written hits such as “Black Magic” and “Shout Out to My Ex” for Little Mix, as well as Jonas Blue’s “Rise”. He’s also written for One Direction, The Wanted, Olly Murs and Craig David.
Adam Argyle is credited on songs by Dua Lipa, former Spice Girls member Melanie C and James Arthur.
Iain Farquharson (more commonly known as Iain James) has also written for big stars such as Little Mix, Olly Murs and One Direction amongst others. He’s also co-written two previous Eurovision entries – “Running Scared” by Ell & Nikki (Azerbaijan 2011) and “Love Kills” by Roberto Bellarosa (Belgium 2013).
Interestingly, this isn’t the first suggestion that the UK’s Eurovision song for 2020 may have been co-written by a Eurovision winner. Twitter user @shane_reaction_ tweeted on Monday that someone had informed him of who the UK’s Eurovision 2020 act was.
He replied to his own tweet on Tuesday, saying: “Just hope when you hear who our Eurovision entry is you don’t blame it on me, don’t blame it on me”. The lyrics “don’t blame it on me” are most likely taken from Calvin Harris’ song “Blame”, which features John Newman (and was co-written by James Newman).
He added in a separate reply:
A co-writer of the UK’s entry has written a *very* successful Eurovision song in the last ten years. VERY successful.
Many would interpret “VERY successful” to mean a Eurovision winner. This adds another link to Iain James’ involvement with Azerbaijan’s winning Eurovision entry in 2011.
Look, I'll give you one bit of information and one bit only.
A co-writer of the UK's entry has written a *very* successful Eurovision song in the last ten years. VERY successful.
— SHANE (@shane_reaction_) February 24, 2020
“My Last Breath” audio available online
Further digging by Eurovision fans has revealed that a song credited to James Newman called “My Last Breath”, with a 2020 release date, is currently available to listen to at youradio.cz. You can click here to listen to the track.
The song on the Czech online catalogue is around 2:30 minutes in length. This is well below the three minute boundary that Eurovision songs have to adhere to, making it eligible for participation at the contest.
It is important to note that the BBC has NOT confirmed any of the above. Any suggestion that James Newman will represent the UK at Eurovision 2020, or that “My Last Breath” is his Eurovision entry, is still only speculation at this point.
However, we won’t have long to find out the truth. The UK’s Eurovision 2020 artist will be revealed tomorrow morning on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Greg James. Ken Bruce will also be playing the song and interviewing the artist on BBC Radio 2.
Who is James Newman?
James Newman is a British singer-songwriter from Settle in North England. He has an extensive list of song-writing credits on many chart-hitting songs.
In 2014, he won a Brit Award for British Single of the Year for his involvement with Rudimental’s “Waiting All Night”. 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 also no stranger to Eurovision. He was a co-writer of “Dying to Try” by Brendan Murray, who represented Ireland at the contest in 2017.
The hitmaker was also behind “Keep Me Coming Back”, which was included on Guy Sebastian’s eighth studio album Conscious. Guy Sebastian was Australia’s very first Eurovision representative in 2015 with the song “Tonight Again”.
What do you make of the speculation? Do you want to see James Newman represent the UK at Eurovision 2020 with “My Last Breath”? Let us know in the comments below!