The United Kingdom selected successful singer-songwriter James Newman as their act for this year’s cancelled contest. But will he return for the struggling Eurovision nation in 2021?
In today’s episode, we look at the United Kingdom in 2021. For a full review of their potential entry for 2020, check out this article on our partner website Eurovision Union. Check out our thoughts for next year below.
Key takeaways: A proven and succesful songwriter
Many were impressed by the United Kingdom’s decision to send James Newman to Eurovision. A proven and successful singer-songwriter, Newman’s selection definitely generated a buzz in the Eurovision community. This perhaps justified a move back to an internal selection for the UK, after a string of mid to low finishes in the Grand Final. The UK have long been regarded as a nation that does not take Eurovision as seriously as other nations, but this artist selection could be the start of a shifting mentality.
‘My Last Breath’ was a fresh pop song written by Newman and a team of songwriters. It is difficult to predict how this song would have fared at Eurovision, but it was widely considered a step in the right direction for the UK. It was radio-friendly, yet also had the potential to be performed well as a live production.
How to proceed with James Newman?
There has not yet been any official confirmation that Newman will represent the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2021. James Newman has come out since the cancellation of Eurovision to confirm that he would like to represent the UK if possible. It would be a sensible and fair move to let him write and compete with another original song for 2021.
In James Newman, the UK has a natural-born songwriter and a true professional. His experience will no doubt serve him well if he is to represent his country in Rotterdam. He is a composed and reliable performer on a live stage. The fact that he is a seasoned songwriter is also promising for 2021. If he is selected, the UK can be confident that he will be able to write a quality entry, and likely have a clear staging concept to match.
Exploring other options
It is not clear whether the United Kingdom is considering returning to their ‘You Decide’ national final format for 2021, although that scenario would be unlikely. They have a strong artist in James Newman, and it would make sense to give him a second opportunity in Rotterdam. It is not certain why there has not been any confirmation of his participation, but a decision should come in due time.
If the BBC is to opt for a different artist or preselection format, there will be pressure on them to produce something special. James Newman is arguably one of the most relevant and high-profile artists that the United Kingdom has selected for Eurovision in their recent history.
About “Next Up: Eurovision 2021”
In our series Next Up: 2021, we look ahead to the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. After the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, all participating countries now face the choice: Stick with their Eurovision singer, or come up with a new preselection or internal selection.
We make an analysis based on what we know so far. What will this country do, or most likely do? And is that the wise choice, looking at the fact that the Eurovision Song Contest remains a music competition?