The UK’s Eurovision Song Contest entry has been revealed. As revealed by the Daily Mirror, James Newman will represent the nation at this year’s international singing competition in Rotterdam with his song My Last Breath.
The 32-year-old singer songwriter is the brother of Love Me Again hitmaker John Newman, and he’s currently signed to record label BMG. The entry was revealed on this morning’s Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James.
They’ll hopefully have more success than last year’s Michael Rice, who finished in dead last despite giving it his best shot.
This year’s entry was chosen by the BBC and representatives from BMG after bosses decided to ditch the public vote.
The broadcaster pulled the plug on the You Decide contest, which has seen members of the public choose who will sing for us ever since 2016.
It’s hoped that hand-picking this year’s hopeful will lead to the UK standing a better chance in the annual contest.
The BBC has previously said: “[BMG shares its] vision of selecting a song with broad international appeal and securing an artist who embodies the spirit and values of the Eurovision Song Contest. “
Mel Balac, Creative Director at BBC Studios, said the new selection process was a “turning point for the UK at Eurovision.”
She added: “We very much hope this marks the start of an exciting new chapter.”
Kate Phillips, the BBC’s Controller of Entertainment Commissioner,added: “Our commitment to finding the right song has never been higher and this collaboration with BMG, who have access to world class songwriters, is a genuinely exciting prospect and I am certain that together we can find the best song and artist possible for 2020.”
James has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, including Ed Sheeran, Rudimental and Olly Murs.
His little brother John, 29, has huge No1 hits with Love Me Again and Blame.
And in recent days, he’s posted a few teasers on social media, hinting that he may have helped his sibling pen the song he’ll perform at Eurovision.
John had posted cryptic messages, including “It’s a family affair” and “huge week incoming”, but later deleted the posts, leaving his fans desperate for more information. Upbeat pop song My Last Breath includes the lyrics: “If we were deep sea divers/And no one came to find us/If you had nothing left/I’d give you my last breath.”
The UK hasn’t won Eurovision since 1997, when Katrina and the Waves came out on top with their song Love Shine a Light. The UK is one of the ‘Big 5’, meaning that along with France, Germany, Italy and Spain, we’re automatically allowed to take part in the final.
The UK has won the contest five times and is one of only three countries to land Eurovision victories in four different decades. As well as Katrina and the Waves’ 1997 victory, Sandie Shaw won in 1967 with Puppet on a String, Lulu came joint first in 1969 with Boom Bang-a-Bang, Brotherhood of Man triumphed in 1976 with Save Your Kisses For Me, and Bucks Fizz lifted the trophy in 1981 with Making Your Mind Up.