The BBC has selected James Newman to represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
The United Kingdom will be represented by James Newman at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 this May. James was previously selected to represent the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2020 with “My Last Breath” before the contest was cancelled.
James commented on his selection:
“I’m so excited and honoured to be getting a second chance at representing my country in the Eurovision Song Contest. I haven’t stopped making new music in lockdown and I can’t wait for everyone to hear the song I’m taking to Eurovision in 2021.”
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. He released his debut EP “The Things We Do” in Summer 2020 and ended the year with another new collaboration with Armin Van Buuren, “Slow Lane”.
The song that James will perform at Eurovision 2021 will be revealed in March.
The BBC selected its representative in co-operation with record label BMG. An agreement was signed between the BBC and BMG in the summer of 2019 after the BBC had approached several record labels seeking to collaborate with one of them for the upcoming contest and eventually agreed that BMG would be the best fit as they shared the same values and visions the BBC have towards the contest.
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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.