EUROVISION may have been cancelled this year but the UK’s entry James Newman has vowed to come back even stronger in 2021 – if we’ll have him.
His future in the competition, which is watched by 200million people each year, is hanging in the balance.
The BBC is yet to decide whether they will send him to the contest next time — but he has insisted he won’t get the dreaded nul points if he does.
In an exclusive interview, he said: “I’m a firm believer in visualising what you want to achieve in life so I was imagining myself standing on stage winning, because you’ve got to. It felt like there was a lot of positivity around it.
“I started something and I really want to finish it. I was on such a journey. If I got the opportunity to go next year I would love to”
James, the older brother of singer John Newman, had written My Last Breath for Saturday’s song contest before it was axed due to the coronavirus pandemic — the first time it has been cancelled since it began in 1956.
He admitted he feels “sad” his song will now not get the recognition it deserves, as acts have been told they will not be allowed to return next year with their entries for the 2020 contest.
But he insisted he will be able to write his best tune yet for next year, having penned hits for Little Mix and Ed Sheeran in the past.
He continued: “It’s given me more insight into the Eurovision world. I feel I’ve learnt so much now that I’ll be able to connect with people even more than I would have done on this song.
“Next time writing the song, I would have in the back of my head what I would do for the stage show as well, because it is so important.”
His new single Enough is released on Friday and he is planning to put out his debut album this year, which could give him more of a boost.
He said: “If I do get to do it next year, my album will be out and I’ll hopefully have lots of fans and more support than I’ve already got. It will put me in a good position, I think.”
But James said the best thing to come out of his Eurovision entry was his ramped-up rivalry with brother John.
He joked: “He’s a bit worried now that the world has finally realised who the better singer is out of the pair of us.”
He will need that sort of fighting talk if he makes it to next year’s contest.
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