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Road to Rotterdam: United Kingdom

James Newman was supposed to represent the United Kingdom last year with the song “My last breath”. The BBC was silent for a long time, but eventually announced that he will represent the UK with “Embers” this year. At that time Newman had already had a big international hit with “Therapy”, a song by Armin van Buuren on which Newman provided the vocals. James is also the older brother of John Newman, for whom he also wrote songs. He also did that for Rudimental, Calvin Harris, Little Mix and the Backstreet Boys, among others. So it is not exactly a ‘nobody’ who represents the UK.

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James Newman

© EBU/Thomas Hanses About Quick Facts NameJames Richard Newman Born19 October 1985 Nationality🇬🇧 British National SelectionInternal Selection In EurovisionRotterdam 2020 (Cancelled)Rotterdam 2021 SongMy Last Breath (2020)Embers (2021) Biography James Newman is a London-born British singer and songwriter. In 2014, he won a Brit Award for British Single of the Year as a co-writer for “Waiting all night”, a song performed by Rudimental. He also wrote for artists like Calvin Harris, Little Mix, Ed Sheeran, Foxes, Matoma, Digital Farm Animals, Daya and Louis Tomlison, while he was featured in several hits himself. The most successfull one was “Therapy” by Armin van Buuren. In 2017 he co-wrote the Irish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, “Dying to try” for Brendan Murray. In 2020 he was supposed to represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “My last breath”. However, due to cancellation of the contest it didn’t happen. BBC however invited him to represent the UK in 2021 with the song “Embers”, which sadly did not receive any points at all at the Eurovision Song Contest.   Entries Embers Country United Kingdom Year2021 LanguageEnglish Lyrics & MusicJames NewmanConor BlakeDanny ShahTom HollingsSamuel Brennan BackingsAnnabel Williams DancersIsrael DonowaShaun NilesYves CueniAlex Chambers Results Semi Points: –Position: –Running order: – Results Finals Points: 0Position: 26Running order: 9 My last breath Country🇬🇧 United Kingdom Year2020 LanguageEnglish Lyrics & MusicJames NewmanAdam ArgyleEd DrewettIain James Backings– Results Semi Points: –Position: –Running order: – Results Finals Points: –Position: –Running order: –

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