James Newman gets second bite at Eurovision cherry
You’ve got to feel for singer songwriter James Newton who beat out a raft of competitors to get chosen to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020. Then the pandemic hit.
For the first time in its 65 year history, Eurovision went the way of almost every other event last year and was cancelled. The organisers attempted to capture the spirit with an online show but let’s be honest, Eurovision is a team sport requiring dressing up, drinking games and sometimes even some music.
In the spirit of the competition, Newton is back to make sure he gets a fair swing at avoiding the dreaded ‘nil points’ and maybe even bringing the trophy (and 2022 hosting duties) back to Britain. Many of the other artists that were due to compete in 2020 are back too.
One band that sadly won’t be representing the UK, much to the dismay of the fans, is the United Kingdolls. Their version of Eurovision pastiche ‘Bing Bang Bong’ from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK was an instant classic, hitting the top of the iTunes charts last week after their standout performance in episode 5 of the current season. You can watch it on iPlayer here.
Sam Dowler is the co-host of the UK’s premier Drag Race podcast United Queendom. You can listen to the latest episode here.