Speaking on a special episode of The Euro Trip podcast released to coincide with the debut of James Newman’s entry for Eurovision 2021, former UK act Nicki French has claimed ‘Embers’ could bring the United Kingdom their best result in over a decade.
Appearing on a panel alongside fellow former UK representative James Fox, Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan, and BBC Radio 1’s Music Reporter Steve Holden, Nicki praised the quality of the song and gave an exciting prediction for where the song could end up on the scoreboard in May.
“So far this is far and away the most lively and the one with the most energy, so I’m going to say top 5…yes!”
🎧 "I've been playing it all afternoon"
🥳 "We're gonna have fun"
🎉 "It's a real party song"
— The Euro Trip | A Eurovision Podcast 🎶 (@EuroTripPodcast) March 12, 2021
The other members of the discussion were equally hopeful, with 2004 UK act James Fox full of praise for James Newman’s track.
“I think it has the potential, but top ten would be an absolute result.”
‘Embers’ currently sits in the top five places in the UK iTunes chart (at the time of writing), with the song being well received by large sections of the fan community and media outlets.
BBC Radio 1’s Steve Holden appeared on the podcast having spent the day with James Newman as the track was released, and explained how the UK’s 2021 artist was feeling.
“It has been great to see him see the reaction… I’m sure he would tell you that he was really nervous before the song was released. But he has just been buzzing all day.”
The last time the UK reached the top ten at Eurovision was in 2009, with Jade Ewan’s “Its My Time” finishing 5th.
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The Euro Trip is a podcast available on Acast, Apple Podcasts and Spotify with Rob Lilley and James Rowe bringing you a weekly show featuring big guests and fun games from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Brought to you by Eurovoix, every Wednesday Rob and James will be bringing you interviews with some of the biggest names from the contest, finding out what makes them tick and giving us their memories of performing on the Eurovision stage.
Games will also keep the listeners entertained with the European Quiz and the One Second Song featuring in the weekly show. In addition, they’ll also bring you the very latest news.
Hosts Rob and James have been fans of the contest for well over a decade, with Rob having been the presenter of Eurovoix’s Eurojury for the past five years and James having produced the last two editions.