James Newman has revealed that 15 songs were in the running for him to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
Speaking to Eurovision Planet, James Newman has revealed that a total of 15 songs were in the running for him to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. The singer will be competing with “Embers” next month in Rotterdam, he explained that:
I selected Embers because it is the song with which I connected the most and with which I would feel the best on stage.
James also revealed in the interview that following the announcement of the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, that he rang the BBC to say that he wanted to compete in the 2021 contest in Rotterdam. As previously reported that BBC decided to select James again in the summer of 2020.
Who is James Newman?
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.
James was internally selected by the BBC to represent his country at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. He was due to perform “My Last Breath” before the contest’s cancellation.
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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.