Since the UK was confirmed as being on the EBU’s list of participating countries for Eurovision 2021, fans have eagerly been waiting for an update from the BBC. And finally the UK broadcaster has broken their silence with a promise that news about their 2021 song and artist will be coming soon.
The BBC made a post to their Eurovision Twitter account, the first update since May 2020. In celebrating #100DaysToEurovision, the broadcaster reminded fans of the upcoming Eurovision themed episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.
But almost as an afterthought, the tweet casually ended with “P.S. we promise to have 2021 artist & song news soon”
— BBC Eurovision?? (@bbceurovision) February 11, 2021
This is atypically late for the BBC. In September 2019, they confirmed they would be scrapping the national final and moving to internal selection. Singer James Newman was announced on 27 February.
While earlier this week, 2019 singer Michael Rice celebrated two years since he won the most recent edition of Eurovision: You Decide in January 2019.
However, 2021 isn’t an ordinary year. The UK has been hit hard by Covid-19 and the country is in the middle of another strict lockdown.
Rumoured UK acts for Eurovision 2021
At the top of a lot of fans’ lists is James Newman. He was originally internally selected to represent the UK at Eurovision 2020 with his song “My Last Breath”.
Last year James went on a songwriting retreat with his regular co-writing team, including the writers behind “My Last Breath”. And while it wasn’t confirmed if he was specifically writing another Eurovision entry, James told a radio interview, that “I would absolutely love to do it again [in 2021]”. He added that “I’ve already started thinking of ideas for our song and I’ll definitely be writing the song if the BBC ask me.”
Another fan favourite is X Factor star Fleur East. Fans spotted a recent song registration for a track with writing credits for both her and James Newman. However, later during an Instagram live, Fleur said she’d never been asked to do Eurovision.
And we can’t have a UK Eurovision rumours list without mentioning the Frock Destroyers. The drag trio have made no secret of their desire to represent the UK at Eurovision. During a New Year’s Eve special, group member Divina De Campo teased their plans for 2021, saying “And who knows — maybe Eurovision?”
Or could RuPaul’s Drag Race UK be taking the place of a UK Eurovision national final? That’s the outrageous suggestion some fans are making following news of the RuRuvision challenge on tonight’s episode of the popular drag competition. Will the winner of the challenge receive a ticket to Rotterdam along with their RuPeter Badge?
Whoever ends up representing the UK at Eurovision 2021, fans are at least glad to see the BBC’s Eurovision presence on social media has reemerged for the new season.
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