Back in April, the UK’s BBC unveiled its slate of Eurovision-related programming for 2021. Among the highlights is the documentary – Eurovision 2021: The Road To Rotterdam.
James Newman BBC documentary
The 30-minute iPlayer documentary acts as a sequel to Eurovision 2020: The Cancelled Coronavirus Year and is made by the same Radio One Newsbeat team.
We see exclusive access to James Newman as he prepares to represent the UK with “Embers”. The documentary makers have followed him for the last few months as he gets ready for the biggest moment of his life. We see scenes from his music video shoot, his rehearsals, all the way up to his arrival in Rotterdam. The documentary also features many of the other 38 acts. The show also examines how Eurovision takes place in the midst of a global pandemic.
British viewers can watch on the BBC iPlayer. International fans can stream the programme on YouTube.
Other BBC Eurovision 2021 programming
You can check out the BBC’s full Eurovision 2021 schedule here. In addition to the live shows on BBC One and BBC Four, there is also a vast range of online-only content. These include podcasts with some past Eurovision acts. Eurovision 2012 winner Loreen shares her favourite songs in My Life In A Mixtape. Her choices range from Whitney Houston to Massive Attack.
Three more past winners – Emmelie de Forest, Duncan Laurence and Conchita Wurst join Iceland’s Daði Freyr for Music Life. They share their experiences of the Eurovision Song Contest, including what makes a winning Eurovision entry, how taking part in the Contest has influenced their music outside of Eurovision, and the personal stories they tell through their songs.
Will you watch the James Newman documentary? What about the podcasts? Let us know below.
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