After fans saw the first rehearsals of the Big Five, one question was on everybody’s lips. Will James Newman light up the room? Well now, the man himself has confirmed. The United Kingdom’s Eurovision 2021 entry “Embers” will now feature pyrotechnics during the grand final stage show.
This comes after he previously said there were no plans to include pyro in the “Embers” staging.
James Newman will use pyro in “Embers” stage show
The Settle-born star confirmed the use of pyros in his “Embers” stage show during an interview with wiwibloggs on the Eurovision 2021 Moroccanoil Turquoise Carpet.
James Newman’s current “Embers” stage show features two giant white trumpets hanging from the ceiling and four dancers equipped with white brass instruments. “We love those trumpets on stage, tell us about it,” our William said while speaking to James at the opening ceremony.
“I’m glad they’re made of polystyrene ‘cause I was like, are they gonna fall on my head and kill me?” the Yorkshire singer-songwriter laughed.
“I just love the staging”, he continued. “The best thing about rehearsals is we’ve had the chance to look at it. And we’ve decided that we’re gonna put pyros into the set as well now.”
This change comes after James’ second rehearsal had no pyrotechnics. When no fire was seen in any of the United Kingdom’s run-throughs, some viewers were left wondering if pyro would make an appearance in the final stage show.
During Saturday’s press conference, wiwibloggs’ Oliver Adams asked James and the British panel:
“The phrases ‘light up the room’ and ‘embers’ suggest fire. Will there be pyro in the final performance?”
“I’m a bit worried that if there’s fire, that my jacket might set on fire which would not be fun”, James responded. “So no, we’re not doing the pyro unfortunately. But we’re still bringing the party. We’re still bringing the heat.”
This left “Embers” fans somewhat disappointed. Many described the lack of fire and sparklers as a missed opportunity given the song’s lyrics.
I asked James in the press conference: Will there be pyro in the final run?
— Oliver Adams (@AlphaOliver_) May 15, 2021
But this new change suggests the British delegation are listening to criticism and responding by implementing changes.
We are yet to see a pyrotechnic rehearsal from the United Kingdom. The Big Five and host country the Netherlands will each next perform during the jury show of the semi-final they have been allocated to vote in. The United Kingdom will vote in the second semi-final on Thursday 20 May, thus James will get the chance to perform “Embers” during the evening jury show on Wednesday 19. We will have to wait and see what James’ updated performance has in store for us.
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