In a week’s time, James Newman will be flying off to Rotterdam for his Eurovision 2021 rehearsals in the Ahoy arena. Before he goes, the British singer has taken the opportunity to perform his entry “Embers” live on CBBC morning TV show Saturday Mash-Up!.
This is the first full live performance of “Embers” that James has given on a British TV show.
James Newman performs “Embers” live on Saturday Mash-Up!
Saturday Mash-Up! is a children’s morning entertainment programme that features a mixture of games, quizzes, cartoons and more. Each week there are a few special guests on the show, which this Saturday included James Newman as well as Chelcee Grimes, who will commentate on the Eurovision 2021 semi-finals on BBC4 this year.
Towards the end of the show, James took to the microphone in order to perform his Eurovision 2021 entry “Embers”. James was joined by two backing singers and all three were separated in line with social distancing measures.
James largely stood in place for the performance, which gave him chance to deliver a solid vocal presentation. The energy and life of the song was still showcased through the camera cuts and with James bouncing along to the beat. The other guests and hosts of the show can also be seen dancing along at various points.
Visibly smiling throughout, James clearly has fun performing “Embers”. In a post on Instagram after the show, the British singer said: “Thank you for a really fun morning performing my single #embers on #saturdaymashup @cbbc loved it!”.
There are natural limitations with performing in a TV studio while maintaining social distancing, so not too much should be read into the staging aspect per se. Lee Smithurst, part of the UK’s delegation team, previously revealed that James’ stage show for Rotterdam will be directed by Jerry Reeve and Tom Denning – they’ve previously worked with artists such as John Legend, Jonas Brothers and Taylor Swift. So no doubt bigger things are to come.
Before the performance, James Newman also had a quick conversation with the show’s host Joe Tasker. James announced that he’ll be releasing a new single after Eurovision and then a full album later on in the year.
Meanwhile, Chelcee Grimes also got involved with segments of Saturday Mash-Up!. She was voted by the audience at home to be put under questioning and slimed for every wrong answer she gave. If you’d like to get to know the UK’s new Eurovision commentator a bit more, while watching her get increasingly covered with slime, you can watch here.
What do you make of James Newman’s live performance of “Embers”? Do you think it’s a good sign of things to come in Rotterdam? Let us know in the comments below!