Award-winning singer-songwriter James Newman has been invited to represent the United Kingdom at the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam.
The multi-platinum selling, Grammy-nominated Yorkshireman had been due to compete in 2020 with his anthemic track My Last Breath. Newman will now reveal his brand new bop in March.
James explains his eagerness to take to Europe’s biggest stage:
“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.”
Jo Wallace, Acting Controller of Entertainment Commissioning for the BBC, adds:
“We are so pleased to have James back with us and representing the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2021. After 2020 and the cancellation of the 65th Contest, Eurovision is exactly what everyone needs!”
The BBC also announced a renewed collaboration between BBC Studios and record company BMG; the latter will release and publish the United Kingdom’s entry, while BBC Studios will produce the UK’s coverage of the world’s most watched song competition.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will take place in Ahoy, Rotterdam in The Netherlands on 19, 21 and 23 May 2021. Eurofans in New Zealand can watch all three shows live on the official Eurovision YouTube channel, without commentary.