The UK's Eurovision 2020 entry has been announced

Megan Sutton
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From Good Housekeeping

When it comes to Eurovision, the UK doesn't have a brilliant track record of late.

While the United Kingdom is admittedly one of the most successful countries in the 63-year history of the beloved contest with five wins in total, it's not had a lot of success since its last win in 1997. In 2019, the UK entry Michael Rice finished in last place.

But, looking to change the UK's Eurovision reputation is this year's entry, who's been revealed as James Newman.

James is a pop songwriter who's penned lyrics for the likes of Jess Glynne and Ed Sheeran. He's the elder brother of 'Love Me Again' singer John Newman.

He's no stranger to success already as a multi-platinum selling, Brit Award winning and Grammy nominated songwriter. He won a Brit for British Single of the Year for ‘Waiting All Night’ performed by Rudimental and Ella Eyre.

James is signed to record label BMG, who the BBC worked with to select and produce this year's Eurovision entry.

On 16 May, entries from around the world will gather in Rotterdam for the Eurovision final, and that's when James will perform his song 'My Last Breath'.

Speaking to Radio 1 Newsbeat, James said he hopes his "simple, memorable and anthemic" song will help win votes.

While James took some time to think before accepting the chance to perform at Eurovision, he's said he's excited to play to such a large audience and share his music with the huge number of viewers watching at home.

"Since I was a little kid, I've always wanted to be an artist and performer myself. It just feels like the right time to start putting songs out," he said.

The Eurovision Song Contest final will be broadcast live on BBC One on 16 May.

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