James Newman raises the British flag during the Eurovision Final

Eurovision employee James Newman hopes to improve the UK’s standing in the competition when he takes the podium in tonight’s Grand Final.

The 35-year-old singer-songwriter is one of 26 works competing for the top prize at the height of the week-long competition in Rotterdam.

Pop star John Newman’s older brother was ready to make my last breath at the 2020 competition before it was canceled due to the pandemic.

Instead, he will perform Embers, a delightful pop dance show inspired by the end of Lockdown, ninth in place, for an audience of 3,500 fans on Ahoy Square.

In the 2019 competition, the UK finished last with Michael Rice’s Bigger Than Us, to continue a string of poor results, while the Netherlands finished first with Duncan Laurence’s Arcade.

The final includes 20 successful countries from the week’s semi-finals, plus the so-called Big Five from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

The host country the Netherlands is participating in this special event.

Cypriot Elena Tsagrino will lead the El Diablo path into the first hole, while Senhit will conclude the show with Adrenalina.

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The competition has been marred by a number of positive Covid-19 tests among delegations.

Iceland, one of the favorites, will participate in the final despite the fact that Daoi og Gagnamagnio had to withdraw from a live performance after a positive test.

The Twisted Dance Troupe was scheduled to perform their song for 10 years, but will now compete using a recorded rehearsal performance on stage on May 13th.

Eurovision champion Duncan Lawrence was also slated to perform, but withdrew after showing positive and mild symptoms.

The Eurovision Song Contest Final will be broadcast on BBC One from 8pm.

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