James Newman: UK’s entry makes plea to Eurovision fans ahead of live final

Eurovision: James Newman debuts UK entry for 2020

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As the UK’s entry, James will be on stage singing Embers to millions of people around the world. Last year’s Eurovision Song Contest had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so fans are more eager than ever to enjoy the show, which will be broadcast on BBC. But as talk increases of politics and negative past results for the UK, James has begged fans to be positive.

An estimated 180million viewers will tune in to tonight’s show live from Rotterdam.

The UK doesn’t historically do too well in Eurovision, usually achieving a dismal amount of points.

Since Brexit, many believe that politics has become even more relevant when it comes to the voting process at Eurovision.

But James disagrees with this take. He said: “I don’t think politics comes into play at all.

“For me, turning up with a song that fits into the modern competition, I’m showing Europe that I really care and I’m really doing everything I can to put on the best performance possible.

“People are responding so well here and everyone’s being so nice – it’s a celebration of music and people used to win all the time.

“We’re the third biggest winner. It’s just about showing people that you care and really putting in the effort and everyone’s really happy we are.”

The 35-year-old added: “I was speaking to someone from Europe and they were saying the UK is a really important country in the competition and they’re glad we’re here and making an effort and I think that’s all we can do.”

Speaking to Metro, he explained: “In Sweden, people really care and we need to do the same.

“Today, Clara Aamfo played my song on Radio One and Scott Mils – people hear it, talk and get behind the song in the UK like they do in other countries.

“We can do well if we make the effort. People need to be more positive – come on guys, it’s not like we’re terrible – we’re really good at music!”

Italy is currently favourite to win according to betting company Ladbrokes.

The country currently has 2/1 odds, while France has 7/2, Malta 10/3, Ukraine 16/1 and Switzerland 16/1.

A staggering £15m has been wagered already, which is more than 10 ten times the money that has been spent betting on the Royal Wedding.

A spokesperson from Mybettingsites.co.uk said: “Eurovision is one of the most popular non sporting events, betting wise, and it is not uncommon to see turnover of seven figures.”

France has been the best backed entry, with 7.8 percent of all wagers placed on them winning followed by 200/1 shots, UK, with 6.4 percent of all bets.

The odds suggest there is a much more likely chance of the UK entry finishing last at 7/4 than actually winning it.

The spokesperson continued: “It’s true that the UK has never been very popular amongst Eurovision punters; however, interestingly, it appears that with this being the first Eurovision since the UK left the European Union, this has caused a lot of upset which is set to be reflected in the scoring of this year’s contestants.”

Will Italy prove the gamblers correct and be crowned the winner?

The Eurovision Song Contest final airs tonight at 8pm on BBC One.

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