In the days (and soon to be weeks) since Eurovision 2020’s cancellation, fans have been scouring the internet for any nuggets of content relating to this year’s acts. With no preview parties, live performances and such are hard to come by, especially for internally selected acts.
And so, we throwback to the only televised live performance to date of the United Kingdom’s James Newman singing “My Last Breath”.
James Newman “My Last Breath” Live
On 6 March — when dedicated fans were busy with national finals in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Portugal — the BBC released a 15-minute special on its iPlayer platform. During this, James delivered his first (and to date last) live TV performance of “My Last Breath”.
Accompanied by a guitarist, a pianist and two backing vocalists, the award-winning songwriter delivers a more stripped back version of the track which most will only know from the studio cut.
Graham Norton interviews Graham Norton
The remainder of the special’s runtime consists of an interview with famed TV chatshow host Graham Norton. Of course, the Irishman is also the UK’s Eurovision longtime commentator. Those residing in Great Britain or Northern Ireland can watch the full conversation on the iPlayer.
However, the platform is blocked to viewers from elsewhere, so they must make do with the three-minute segment which has been uploaded to YouTube.
In it, James tells Graham how he came up with some of his biggest hits as a songwriter, including Rudimental’s “Waiting All Night” and Ed Sheeran’s “Lay It All on Me”.
An additional clip on Instagram, sees Graham introduce James to some of Eurovision’s “finest moments” from recent years. They include Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke from 2019, Croatia’s Jacques Houdek from 2017, Austria’s Conchita Wurst from 2014 and the Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence from 2019.
As per the modern tradition for UK Eurovision acts, James was also expected to make an appearance on Graham Norton’s flagship Friday night chatshow. However, even though the series is set to continue airing, it is not clear whether James’ performance will go ahead.
What do you think of James’ live performance? Do you think the UK might select him again for 2021? Let us know in the comments.