It’s been a long wait, full of rumours and speculation, but finally the BBC has confirmed. James Newman will represent the UK at Eurovision 2021. The singer is returning after previously having been selected to represent the UK in 2020.
UK broadcaster the BBC confirmed the news in an official announcement this morning.
James Newman shared his excitement at getting the return ticket to Eurovision, saying:
“I’m so excited and honoured to be getting a second chance at representing my country in the Eurovision Song Contest. I haven’t stopped making new music in lockdown and I can’t wait for everyone to hear the song I’m taking to Eurovision in 2021.”
While little has been revealed about James Newman’s song for Eurovision 2021, the BBC has confirmed that his song will be released in March.
The BBC are continuing their partnership with music publisher BMG. James Newman’s Eurovision song will be released and published by BMG.
James Newman’s Eurovision journey
James Newman is a British singer and a BRIT Award-winning and Grammy-nominated songwriter. He has an extensive list of songwriting credits on many chart-hitting songs, including “Waiting All Night” by Rudimental (feat. Ella Eyre) and “Brave” by Calvin Harris (feat. John Newman).
Last year, James was internally selected by the BBC to represent the UK at Eurovision 2020. He was due to perform the uplifting song “My Last Breath”, complete with a dramatic music video featuring Dutch extreme athlete Wim ‘The IceMan’ Hoff.
While some broadcasters were quick to give their 2020 acts the return ticket to Rotterdam, the BBC kept quiet on their plans. In May, however, James said he would happily return to Eurovision if the BBC offered him the chance.
Super happy to announce that I'll be representing the UK at the 2021 @Eurovision song contest! (for real this time!)
— James Newman (@JamesNewmanUk) February 19, 2021
What will James Newman sing at Eurovision 2021?
Fans can expect something upbeat. James Newman told BBC Newsbeat, “I feel like everyone wants a party and to have some fun so when I was writing, that’s what I had in my head. I wanted something people can dance to, even if it’s just in their kitchen”.
In August, James Newman confirmed he had been busy writing songs in Norfolk with his regular songwriting partners Ed Drewett, Adam Argyle and Iain James.
Recently wiwiblogger Oliver spotted a newly added listing in BMI’s database of songs, showing a new song called “Your Love” credited to the four songwriters. However, it’s not known if this is James Newman’s Eurovision 2021 entry.
— Oliver | wiwibloggs (@AlphaOliver_) February 16, 2021
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