Eurovision is serious business, with over 180 million people tuning in to watch Europe’s largest televised entertainment event. And yet every year some contestants tune out all the pressure and just show up and do their thing. This year, for his tremendous spirit, we take our hats off and salute the United Kingdom’s James Newman.
We’re pleased to announce James Newman as the winner of wiwibloggs’ Vision Music Award 2021 for Least Bothered by the Results.
This award was voted for by members of the Wiwi Jury.
James Newman wins Least Bothered by the Results at the Vision Music Awards 2021
James Newman is a name Eurovision fans will likely never forget.
At the Eurovision 2021 grand final in Rotterdam, James sang “Embers” starting from ninth position, following Serbia’s Hurricane with “Loco Loco” and preceding Greece’s Stefania with “Last Dance”. There, he hoped to bring the United Kingdom back to Eurovision glory.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be.
After the first portion of voting, “Embers” stood in 26th place with zero points from the professional juries. And when the televote points rolled in, James remained at the bottom of the scoreboard. This made the Settle-born star the first act ever to receive nil points from both the jury vote and televote since the introduction of the split result scoreboard.
But James Newman, being the good sport he is, didn’t let the results get to him. After the initial shock, the British representative rose to his feet, beer in hand, and jumped around with his delegation. The crowd inside the Rotterdam Ahoy arena matched his response with an uproar of applause.
And he was in good company. In the moments following, hosts Jan Smit and Chantal Janzen announced Germany’s Jendrik, Spain’s Blas Cantó and the Netherlands’ Jeangu Macrooy also received zero points from the public.
“The thing about writing songs is that there is no guarantee that a song you think will connect with people will connect with an audience.
Thank you to all the amazing dedicated fans who have supported me through the whole thing made it all worth it. Because at the end of the day they are the people who you do this all for.
I just want to say a huge massive thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has been on this journey with me, supported me, listened to my music and filled my life with positivity and love.
The times when it doesn’t play out how you hoped it might, teach you how to pick yourself up and be stronger.”
The results might not have gone in James Newman’s favour, but the United Kingdom should be proud of James’ good sportsmanship and song contest etiquette. He’s a class act!
Vision Music Awards 2021
This award is just one of 14 awards we have launched as part of the Vision Music Awards 2021 (VMAs).
Our 14 categories — from Best Dressed to Best Use of Social Media — identify the contestants who left the biggest impression on Eurovision fans, regardless of whether they won the contest or not.
Click here to see the remaining categories, and stay tuned to find out the remaining Vision Music Award winners!
Do you agree that James Newman was the act least bothered by the Eurovision results? Who else deserves an honourable mention? Let us know in the comments down below.