Eurovision 2021: Who is the UK's entry James Newman?

22 May 2021, 12:00 | Updated: 24 May 2021, 11:52

James Newman
James Newman is the UK entry for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. Picture: Press

By Jenny Mensah

Find out more about James Newman here, watch the video for his Embers track and find out how to watch the competition here.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 returned back to our screens this year, with the semi-finals kicking off this Tuesday 18 May and the final taking place on 22 May.

The annual competition was cancelled in 2020 for the first time in its 64 year history due to the coronavirus pandemic and replaced with Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light, which celebrated the 41 Eurovision entries last year.

This year saw its return and sadly resulted in a nil points for the UK once more. But who was the UK's Eurovision Song Contest entry 2021 and how and when can we watch the show? Find out everything we know here.

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Did Eurovision 2021 take place?

Yes, the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 took place in Rotterdam on 18-22 May. The Grand Final took place on Saturday 22 May 2021.

How can I watch Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in the UK?

The final was available to watch on BBC One on Saturday 22 May from 8pm and is now available on iPlayer.

Who represented the UK in Eurovision 2021?

35-year-old James Newman is represented the UK in 2021 with his song Embers.

Sadly he failed to score a single point. Watch his live performance at the Grand Final here:

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Watch the Charlie Lightening-directed video for Embers here:

If you think the song has a Rudimental vibe to it you'd be right, as Newman wrote Waiting All Night for the outfit.

"Embers is about those sparks that don't die out," Newman told Newsbeat. "When we were writing this, it felt like I wanted to show everyone that we were coming back together.

"It's about having that connection and something reigniting. It's about us emerging from this rubbish time we've been having. It fits with the idea that Eurovision is coming back."

Who won the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest

Italian band Måneskin took home the prize with their song Zitti E Buoni.

See their winner's performance here:

Who represented the UK in the 2020 Eurovision Awards?

James Newman was also representing the UK at 2020's cancelled awards with his epic track, My Last Breath, but he was given the opportunity to return in 2021.

When did the UK last win the Eurovision Song Contest?

1997. The UK last won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves and Love Shine a Light.

How many times has the UK won the Eurovision Song Contest?

The UK has won the Eurovision Song Contest five times. They won in 1967 with Sandie Shaw’s Puppet On A String, in 1969 with Lulu and Boom Bang-a-Bang (a four-way tie with France, Spain and The Netherlands), in 1976 with Brotherhood of Man and Save Your Kisses for Me, in 1981 with Bucks Fizz and Making Your Mind Up and in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves and Love Shine a Light.

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