Eurovision 2021 is slated to take place this year after James Newman was confirmed to represent the UK in the annual singing competition.
The BBC confirmed it will re-broadcast the event in May with Graham Norton as the host.
Where will the Eurovision 2021 take place?
This year’s Eurovision competition will take place on May 22nd at the Amsterdam Arena in the Netherlands.
James – a BRIT Award winning singer-songwriter – says he’s excited to represent the UK.
“I am so excited and honored to have a second chance to represent my country in the Eurovision Song Contest,” he said.
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“I haven’t stopped making new music in lockdown and I can’t wait for everyone to hear the song I’m bringing to Eurovision in 2021.”
The song he will bring to Holland will be announced in March.
Why was Eurovision canceled last year?
The global coronavirus pandemic weighed on Eurovision last year.
A statement from the European Broadcasting Union said: “In the last few weeks we have examined many alternative options to make the Eurovision Song Contest possible.
“However, the uncertainty created by the spread of COVID-19 across Europe means that the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has made the difficult decision not to continue the live event as planned.”
The uncertainty caused by the spread of COVID-19 across Europe means the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has made the difficult decision not to continue the live event as planned.
As one of the Big Five countries, Great Britain does not have to qualify for the semi-finals of this year’s competition.
Therefore, James will automatically get access to the Grand Final on Saturday.
As the current champions, the Netherlands do not have to qualify for the semi-finals.
Eurovision 2021 primer: what happened last time and where did the UK land?
The last Eurovision event took place in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2019.
Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands won with his song Arcade, while Italy finished second and Russia third.
Unfortunately, Great Britain – and its participant Michael Rice – came in last.
His tune, Bigger Than Us, couldn’t impress anyone across the continent.
When was the last time Britain won the competition?
The UK has recently set a miserable record at Eurovision.
Sandie Shaw was the first British winner in 1967 but it’s been a slim pick since then.
Lulu won it two years later and the Brotherhood Of Man was crowned Eurovision winner in 1976.
Bucks Fizz memorably won the 1981 competition with Making Your Mind Up, but Britain had to wait another 16 years for its next win.
It has been a barren hunting ground for Britain since Katrina And The Waves won in 1997.
How long has Eurovision been running?
Eurovision – formerly the Eurovision Song Contest – has been held annually since 1956.
Seven nations took part in the first competition aimed at improving European cooperation in the years after the Second World War.
As the competition grew, the organizers decided in 1958 to give the winner of the competition the right to host the next year’s Bash.
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Since this very first Eurovision Song Contest, a total of 64 competitions have taken place in which 52 countries have participated.
As for the winners, Ireland has won the competition seven times, followed by Luxembourg, France and the UK with five wins apiece. Next up are Sweden and the Netherlands with four wins each.
ABBA remains the most successful act in Eurovision history after winning in 1974 and becoming global superstars.
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