The names of the five members of the United Kingdom’s jury for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest have been revealed.
The BBC has revealed the five jurors who will vote for the United Kingdom at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The members voted in last night’s jury show, and is formed of:
- Nicki Chapman
- Tom Aspaul
- Michelle Gayle
- Aisha Jawando
- Ross Gautreau
Meet the professional jury who will award 50% of the points on behalf of the UK at the #Eurovision Grand Final tonight!
🔹Ross Gautreau pic.twitter.com/ZkKGh5EcGF
— BBC Eurovision🇬🇧 (@bbceurovision) May 22, 2021
Each competing country will have a jury, made up of music professionals. The votes from the jury will make up 50% of the overall vote. The remaining 50% is made up of the public televote.
Representing the United Kingdom at the contest this year is James Newman, who will sing “Embers”.
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.