Embers (James Newman song)

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    • That comment was made before the song even came out. Now that it's out, it's obviously different. ―JochemvanHees (talk) 20:06, 12 March 2021 (UTC)
      • Every other Eurovision entry has its own article I think this should just be moved to the article space. DoctorAB (talk) 10:53, 16 March 2021 (UTC)


"Embers"
Single by James Newman
Released11 March 2021
LabelBMG[1]
Songwriter(s)
  • James Newman
  • Conor Blake
  • Danny Shah
  • Tom Hollings
  • Samuel Brennan[2]
James Newman singles chronology
"Alone"
(2020)
"Embers"
(2021)
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Eurovision Song Contest 2021 entry
Country
United Kingdom
Artist(s)
James Newman
Language
English
Appearance chronology
◄ "My Last Breath" (2020)   

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Embers is a song by British singer-songwriter James Newman that will be released on 11 March 2021. It is set to represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.[3] The song is about enduring passion that Newman says has resonances with the approaching end point of the COVID-19 pandemic.[4]

In an interview on Newsbeat, Newman stated: "I feel like everyone wants a party and to have some fun so when I was writing, that's what I had in my head. I wanted something people can dance to, even if it's just in their kitchen".[5]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Newman was selected to represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with the song "My Last Breath", before the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe. On 19 February 2021, the British broadcaster BBC announced that Newman was again internally selected for the 2021 contest.[5]

As a member of the Big Five, the United Kingdom will automatically qualify for the final on 22 May 2021.

Reviews[edit]

Roisin O'Connor of The Independent gave the song 3 out of 5 stars. O'Conner stated that "But Newman delivers these lyrics in charismatic whoops – he actually sounds like a children’s entertainer – so you can forgive the clichés. And anyway, as he’s probably noticed, Eurovision judges are fans of a few clichés. So nice one, James. It probably won’t get the coveted Douze Points, but it will raise more smiles than our usual efforts."[6]

Jochan Embley of the Evening Standard also rated the song 3 out of 5 stars overall feeling that "This feel-good dance-pop bop should be more than enough to avoid any nil points catastrophe". Embley also stated that "It is a pretty by-the-numbers dance-pop track — with some faint steel dreams in the intro, plucky pianos and hand claps in the chorus, and fairly ambiguous lyrics about how “you and I are gonna light up the room” — but it’s most certainly the most fun this nation has had with its entry since the ever so slightly unhinged electro swing of Still in Love with You from 2015."[7]

References[edit]

  1. Luukela, Sami (2021-03-10). "James Newman to sing "Embers" at Eurovision 2021". ESC Extra. Archived from the original on 2021-03-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "James Newman will sing 'Embers' for the UK at Eurovision 2021!". BBC. Archived from the original on 2021-03-11. Retrieved 2021-03-11. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Washak, James (2021-03-10). "United Kingdom: James Newman's Eurovision Entry Is Titled "Embers"". Eurovoix. Archived from the original on 2021-03-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. Beaumont-Thomas, Ben (2021-03-11). "UK's 2021 Eurovision entry revealed: Embers by James Newman". MSN. Archived from the original on 2021-03-11. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Holden, Steve (2021-02-19). "Eurovision Song Contest 2021: James Newman reselected as UK's entry". BBC News. Archived from the original on 2021-02-19. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. "James Newman's Eurovision song is the most bonkers UK entry in a while – review". The Independent. 2021-03-11. Retrieved 2021-03-12.
  7. Embley, Jochan (2021-03-11). "James Newman's Eurovision song is the most fun we've had in years". www.standard.co.uk. Retrieved 2021-03-12.



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