Our series of poll battles continues. A massive 26 artists will return to represent their countries following the cancellation of Eurovision last year. But as per the standard Eurovision rules, they’ve all got new songs for the 2021 contest.
Thus, comparisons to their previous entries are inevitable. So, we want to hear from our readers. We’re running a series of polls to ask — do you prefer the returning artists’ 2020 or 2021 songs?
Today, we’re saying hello to the United Kingdom. In 2020, James Newman was set to take “My Last Breath” to Rotterdam. This year, he’ll be singing “Embers” at Eurovision 2021. But which song is your favourite? Vote in our poll now!
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“My Last Breath” (United Kingdom 2020)
British broadcaster BBC collaborated with record company BMG for Eurovision 2020. In the end, they chose James Newman to represent the United Kingdom with the song “My Last Breath”. The song was a steady pop song that James wrote with friends whilst on a trip to Scotland.
The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — awarded “My Last Breath” a 6.08 out of 10. Wiwiblogger Natalie had the following to say about the song:
“Maybe give the UK another five to ten years and they’ll send a song that may be good enough to win Eurovision 2011. They’re slowly getting the picture, but in an era when dark pop music is the trend and Bulgaria and Romania are paying attention, the UK still thinks X Factor winners’ singles are the way to go. The lyrics are so bloody cheesy and the production is not original in the slightest. I can see it has a bit of spark and passion in it, but it takes a lot more than woah-oh-oh choruses to win Eurovision.”
“Embers” (United Kingdom 2021)
After a long wait, the BBC eventually revealed that James Newman would return to represent the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2021. This time, James is aiming to set the Rotterdam Ahoy stage on fire with “Embers”.
James’s 2021 entry turns the BPM up compared to his previous song. The singer noted that he wanted to return with a “big banger” and he does so with one full of brass instrumentation.
Poll battle — United Kingdom: Which James Newman entry do you prefer?
In this poll, you can only vote for one song — so choose wisely. And as always, you can only vote once. Let the battle commence!
Which of James Newman’s Eurovision songs did you vote for? Are you Team “My Last Breath” or Team “Embers”? Let us know in the comments below!