Speaking on the latest episode of The Euro Trip podcast, UK Eurovision representative James Newman has revealed he has enlisted the help of a former Olympic boxer to help him prepare for this year’s contest.
In the interview with presenter James Rowe, James [Newman] explained he was training every day in order to be in the best shape for Rotterdam.
“I’ve got a boxing coach called Ryan Pickard and he has boxed for Team GB before.”
“He says when he goes into a boxing match, when he steps into that ring he has done everything he can to be the best version of himself that he can… and I want to do that.”
Speaking about how he hopes he training will help his performance, he explained it’s all about getting into the right physical and mental mindset.
“When I step onto that stage I want to know that I couldn’t have done anything more to be the best.”
James Newman will perform ‘Embers’ in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest, with the song eventually revealed in March.
As part of the interview, James was also asked whether he feels nervous given the United Kingdom’s recent history at Eurovision.
“It’s a lot of pressure, but I like a challenge, it’s a fun challenge as a songwriter and an artist to do something different.”
If I do well then I’ll be really happy, fingers crossed.”
James Newman will fly to Rotterdam on Thursday 13th May, and is expected to rehearse in the Ahoy Arena for the first time next Friday.
You can listen to the full interview by scrolling to 40.34″ in this week’s episode, which also features a chat with Eurovision 2021 Exec Producer Sietse Bakker.
About The Euro Trip
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, and 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.
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