Spotlight on: United Kingdom

May 22, 2021

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Artist Profile

Artist: James Newman

Date of Birth: 19 October 1985

Hometown: Settle, England

Selection Method: Internal Selection

Song: Embers

Composer: James Newman, Conor Blake, Danny Shah, Tom Hollings, Samuel Brennan

Producer: Tom Hollings, Samuel Brennan

Eurovision Result: 26th Place

James Newman is an English singer-songwriter based in London. At the 2014 Brit Awards, Newman won the Brit Award for British Single of the Year as a co-writer of “Waiting All Night”, a song by English drum and bass band Rudimental.

Newman was chosen to represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with the song, “My Last Breath” before its cancellation. Newman will instead represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with the song “Embers”.

Song Lyrics

Sometimes I know my fire burns low
But as long as you’re with me I’ll never get cold
‘Til day and night, through darkness and light
I’ll never worry when you’re by my side

Oh, feelings change and seasons fade
But nothing will burn us out
Nothing can stop us now

Out of the embers
You and I are gonna light up the room (Yeah, you and I gonna light up the room)
Out of the embers
There’s a fire burning for you (Yeah, there’s a fire burning for you)
I feel it heatin’ up
There’s still a chance for us
Down here in the ashes, yеah, there’s something glowing
Out of thе embers
You and I are gonna light up the room (Yeah, you and I gonna light)

Light up the room
Light up the room

You and me forever, we’re free
We’re cool under pressure, and that’s all we need
So take my hand, and forget the past
We’re in this together, there’s no looking back

Oh, feelings change and seasons fade
But nothing will burn us out
Nothing can stop us now

Out of the embers
You and I are gonna light up the room (Yeah, you and I gonna light up the room)
Out of the embers
There’s a fire burning for you (Yeah, there’s a fire burning for you)
I feel it heatin’ up
There’s still a chance for us
Down here in the ashes, yeah, there’s something glowing
Out of the embers
You and I are gonna light up the room (Yeah, you and I gonna light)

Light up the room

Out of the embers
You and I are gonna light up the room (Yeah, you and I gonna light up the room)
Out of the embers
You and I are gonna light up the room (Yeah, you and I gonna light up the room)

Light up the room
Light up the room

Country in the Eurovision Song Contest

Debut: 1957

Appearances: 62

Finals: 62

Best Result: 1st (1967, 1969, 1976, 1981, 1997)

Top 10:

1959 – Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson – Sing, Little Birdie, 2nd Place

1960 – Bryan Johnson – Looking High, High, High, 2nd Place

1961 – The Allisons – Are You Sure?, 2nd Place

1962 – Ronnie Carroll – Ring-A-Ding Girl, 4th Place

1963 – Ronnie Carroll – Say Wonderful Things, 4th Place

1964 – Matt Monro – I Love the Little Things, 2nd Place

1965 – Kathy Kirby – I Belong, 2nd Place

1967 – Sandie Shaw – Puppet on a String, 1st Place

1968 – Cliff Richard – Congratulations, 2nd Place

1969 – Lulu – Boom Bang-a-Bang, =1st Place

1970 – Mary Hopkin – Knock, Knock Who’s There?, 2nd Place

1971 – Clodagh Rodgers – Jack in the Box, 4th Place

1972 – The New Seekers – Beg, Steal or Borrow, 2nd Place

1973 – Cliff Richard – Power to All Our Friends, 3rd Place

1974 – Olivia Newton-John – Long Live Love, 4th Place

1975 – The Shadows – Let Me Be the One, 2nd Place

1976 – Brotherhood of Man – Save Your Kisses for Me, 1st Place

1977 – Lynsey de Paul & Mike Moran – Rock Bottom, 2nd Place

1980 – Prima Donna – Love Enough for Two, 3rd Place

1981 – Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up, 1st Place

1985 – Vikki – Love Is, 4th Place

1988 – Scott Fitzgerald – Go, 2nd Place

1989 – Live Report – Why Do I Always Get it Wrong?, 2nd Place

1992 – Michael Ball – One Step Out Of Time, 2nd Place

1993 – Sonia – Better the Devil You Know, 2nd Place

1997 – Katrina and the Waves – Love Shine a Light, 1st Place

1998 – Imaani – Where Are You?, 2nd Place

2002 – Jessica Garlick – Come Back, 3rd Place

2009 – Jade Ewen – It’s My Time, 5th Place

Are you backing th UK this year? Which British entry is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below!

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