Eurovision 2021: Can UK win this Eurovision Song Contest this year?

Eurovision: James Newman debuts UK entry for 2020

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Eurovision 2021 kicks off with the semi-finals on May 18 and 20, with the grand final taking place on May 22, 2021. The international singing competition will air on the BBC and families are gearing up to support their favourite countries. Does the UK have a chance at winning this year?

Can the UK win Eurovision this year?

The world’s most famous music competition returns this week as the Eurovision Song Contest is broadcast live from Rotterdam.

This year the Netherlands will host to the competition, following the country’s victory in 2019 and last year’s coronavirus restrictions.

A total of 65 contests have been held and this year there will be 39 countries competing in the contest.

As one of the Big Five countries (United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, France, Italy), the UK does not have to qualify from the semi-final stage.

Instead, James Newman will gain automatic entry to the Saturday Grand Final, with his single Embers.

The Netherlands, as host, can also go straight through to the Grand Final.

The result of this year’s contest will be determined by a 50/50 vote. Meaning half of the votes come from the televoting in each country and the other half will come from a group of five music professionals from each of the countries taking part.

Betfair has come up with a list of odds for both the semi-final and final for the 2021 contest. 

The UK has odds of 200/1 to win, with France taking the top spot as a potential winner. 

Malta, Switzerland and Italy are behind, but that is not to say the UK cannot claim victory. 

Hosting the semi-finals on BBC Four will be Rylan Clark-Neal and Scott Mills, and they will be joined by singer Chelcee Grimes. 

They will be hosting live from London as the countries fight for a place in the Grand Final.

James Newman will be interviewed live from Rotterdam during Thursday’s semi-final, by the Dutch hosts.

Fans will also get a sneak peek of his performance, so there is plenty to be excited about.

Tuesday’s first semi-final show will be opened by the Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence.

UK viewers will be able to vote during Thursday’s second semi-final and 10 acts from each semi-final will make it through to Saturday’s Grand Final.

The star is on Instagram and he posted a photo of himself in Rotterdam with the message: “Uk Representing #RedCarpetReady.”

Back in April, he shared the news that his music video for Embers had reached one million views.

He said: “Thank you so much for the support so far it’s been incredible, I cannot wait to perform for you all in Rotterdam x.”

The UK made its Eurovision debut in 1957 and to date, the country was won the contest five times.

Fans may be interested to hear the UK holds the record for the longest-running string of top five placings. 

The country also holds the record for the longest run of consecutive appearances in the Grand Final – 59 times in a row.

Previous winners include Sandie Shaw with Puppet on a String, Lulu with Boom Bang-a-Bang, Brotherhood of Man with Save Your Kisses for Me, Bucks Fizz with Making Your Mind Up and Katrina and the Waves with Love, Shine a Light.

Where voting for this year is concerned, after viewers have voted, each national spokesperson from the 39 participating countries will present the points of their professional jury.

Amanda Holden will be the UK’s spokesperson live from London. After the presentation of the scores, the televoting points will be combined to produce a total score. 

Eurovision semi-finals begin on May 18

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