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February, 19

UK's Eurovision entry revealed ahead of socially-distanced Rotterdam show

UK's Eurovision entry revealed ahead of socially-distanced Rotterdam show

The UK has found its Eurovision champion.

The act representing us in the contest later this year will be none other than James Newman - returning for duty after 2020's show was ditched.

James - older brother of hitmaker John Newman - was lined up at the end of February last year, just three weeks before the UK was plunged into the first lockdown.

Now bosses are hoping to pull off a socially distanced show in Rotterdam in May, with James taking to the stage on behalf of his native Blighty.

After his track My Last Breath earned critical acclaim last year, he's been tasked with writing a fresh tune for the contest.

And having penned tracks for the likes of Ed Sheeran and Little Mix, his prospects are solid.

James told The Sun : "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."

A music industry insider added to the publication: "James has been writing songs non-stop to create the perfect single for the contest and is planning on unveiling it next month.

"It has been a tough year for everybody, including James, who was struck down with Covid last March, but it's made him even more determined to make a belter of a song."

If the show can't go ahead again, bosses have organised plans for artists to perform from their own countries, which will be beamed into the main event.

It will mark the first Eurovision since 2019, when nearly 8 million Brits tuned into the Tel Aviv show.

And James' is hopeful of his chances, sharing last May: "I'm a firm believer in visualising what you want to achieve in life so I was imagining myself standing on stage winning, because you've got to.

"I started something and I really want to finish it. I was on such a journey.

"If I got the opportunity to go next year I would love to."

Good luck, James!

The Eurovision Song Contest will return on May 22.

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