The fourteenth artist in our Who Is series for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 is James Newman from the United Kingdom.
James Newman was born in Settle in North Yorkshire but is currently based in London. He is the older brother of singer John Newman.
As a songwriter, James has written for several international artists such as Calvin Harris, Little Mix and Jess Glynne. He won the Brit Award for British Single of the Year in 2014 for the song “Waiting All Night” by Rudimental feat. Ella Eyre. He also wrote “Dying to Try”, the Irish entry for Eurovision 2017. James has also been a featured vocalist on many tracks, most notably “Therapy” by Armin van Burren, which reached number 4 on the Dutch Top 40.
The song that James will perform in Rotterdam is called “My Last Breath”. James wrote the song alongside Ed Drewett, Iain Farquharson and Stuart Argyle. Iain previously wrote “Running Scared”, the winning entry of Eurovision 2011. James was internally selected to represent the United Kingdom in Rotterdam through a collaboration between the BBC and record label BMG.
James will perform in the Grand Final on May 16.
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
The United Kingdom debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 and holds the record for the most consecutive appearances in the contest. To date the UK has won the contest a total of five times, with their first victory coming in 1967 and their latest in 1997. The UK holds the record for the most second place finishes in the contest, having been runner-up a total of 15 times. Since 2000 the UK has finished within the top 10 only twice, this being in 2002 with Jessica Garlick and in 2009 with Jade Ewen.