He’s one of the world’s best-selling artists and his shelf is lined with Grammy Awards, including for Song of the Year in 2016 for “Thinking Out Loud”. And it’s now confirmed that Ed Sheeran is a huge Eurovision.
Speaking to Dutch broadcaster Humberto Tan on Friday, the “Shape of You” hitmaker said: “Eurovision is my favourite thing to watch every year. I love it.”
So would he ever think about competing himself?
“I get pissed when I watch it every year and I text my manager being like, ‘I’m gonna do this one day’ and he was just like, Not on my watch.'”
“I think if I’m gonna do it, it would have to be…England has to be loved by Europe again and I don’t know if that’s gonna happen.”
Een bijzondere ontdekking over Ed Sheeran! Hij schijnt een groot fan te zijn van @thisismaneskin en van @Eurovision. “Elk jaar word ik dronken en stuur ik mijn manager een berichtje dat ik het ooit wil doen.” #Humberto pic.twitter.com/uA5G8lcYfw
— Humberto (@HumbertoRTL) June 25, 2021
Ed Sheeran would do Eurovision if the UK “is loved by Europe again”
Yes, Ed Sheeran has made his contribution to the irritating and patently false notion that the UK’s failures at Eurovision reflect a European dislike of the United Kingdom. This, of course, flies in the face of the fact that British artists — from Dua Lipa to Little Mix to Ed himself — have made a packet topping the charts across, um, Europe.
Humberto rightly challenges him on this point, saying, “We do love England. But we love Ed Sheeran more.”
Ed then dives deeper into the “they hate us” theory”: “Mate, every year England comes last. Every year. Without fail.”
This is, of course, not true either. First of all, England doesn’t compete — the UK does. And second, in the past 20 editions of Eurovision, the UK has finished last five times. It also notched up a third place (2002) and fifth place (2009) finish along the way.
Ed Sheeran loved Måneskin, Jendrik and Daði Freyr
But anyway: who were his favourites?
“Mate, Germany’s entry I loved this year,” he said. “I don’t feel hate, I just feel sorry. Hit. Smash.”
He struggled to remember the Dutch entry, saying, “Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,” before moving on to the winners Måneskin and Iceland’s Daði.
“I think Italy had the best song and performance of the night, but I loved Iceland as well. I think the Italians were — it was very, very good.”
@edsheeran singing part of the song i wrote, no biggie, no biggie LIKE WHAT IM DEAD DYING RIGHT NOW DEAD like
b u c k e t l i s t
be part of ESC
[✔️] Skinny dipping in Ocean by moonlight
[ ] Ed Sheeran singing part of your song [✔️]
— Jendrik (@Jendrikkkk) June 25, 2021