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Eurovision’s UK entry James Newman says he has ‘no regrets’ as he reflects on coming last


He sadly finished in last place in the 56th Eurovision Song contest last weekend after receiving a disappointing zero points. 

But UK entry James Newman revealed that he has ‘no regrets’ about taking part in the song competition, which was won by Italy this year. 

Speaking during his first interview since his loss, the BRIT Award winner, 35, told how he and his team ‘tried our hardest’ in the show, adding that he was really ‘happy’ with his song and performance.

‘No regrets: UK Eurovision entry James Newman revealed that he has ‘no regrets’ about taking part in the song competition, which was won by Italy this year

Reflecting on how things went at the contest in Rotterdam, James told Lorraine: ‘What can you do? We went there and we tried our hardest. I think we took the best of British. 

‘I was really happy with the song, really happy with the performance. But the best thing for me was how the crowd just went absolutely crazy when they said ‘nil points’ but the audience was cheering me, everyone was cheering me.’

When asked by Lorraine, 61, whether there was any indication that things wouldn’t go his way, he replied: ‘I couldn’t really tell. I was being really positive. I was trying to just visualise winning so that I could put a positive vibe on it all. You just can’t tell. 

Tough times: James sadly finished in last place in the 56th Eurovision Song contest last weekend after receiving a disappointing zero points

Tough times: James sadly finished in last place in the 56th Eurovision Song contest last weekend after receiving a disappointing zero points

‘Writing songs and singing to people, you can’t guarantee it’s going to connect with an audience. I think, for me, I just wanted to go and try my best and we definitely did. 

‘My whole team was so amazing. It was such a great time. I wouldn’t change it for the world.’

And despite representing the only country not to receive a single point in the competition, James added that he had ‘no regrets’ about taking part.

‘None at all’, he replied to Lorraine when asked about possible regrets. ‘Saturday was one of the best nights of my life. 

Chat: Speaking during his first interview since his loss, the BRIT Award winner, 35, told how he and his team 'tried our hardest' in the show, adding that he was really 'happy' with his song and performance

Chat: Speaking during his first interview since his loss, the BRIT Award winner, 35, told how he and his team ‘tried our hardest’ in the show, adding that he was really ‘happy’ with his song and performance

‘I sang in front of 200 million people and I got into music because I wanted to sing on stage to people and that was what I was doing. I got to work with all these amazing, talented people. No regrets at all.’ 

There is good news for the musician however as his single Embers has climbed high in the UK music charts.  

Touching on his chart success, he said: ‘It’s amazing. The whole reason I got into doing this is so I could sing music to people and get my song out to the world. So, it’s definitely done that job. 

‘Coming home and seeing my song was Number 1 on iTunes in the UK. I was like “Oh my God, that is amazing” so everything has a silver lining.’

Looking back: Reflecting on how things went at the contest in Rotterdam, James told Lorraine: 'What can you do? We went there and we tried our hardest. I think we took the best of British

Looking back: Reflecting on how things went at the contest in Rotterdam, James told Lorraine: ‘What can you do? We went there and we tried our hardest. I think we took the best of British

With the UK having one of its worst Eurovision results in years, James gave his input on how the UK could improve in future competitions. 

He mused: ‘I think keep trying and keep putting in your best efforts. Putting in the best of British and showing Europe that we care about the Eurovision Song Contest.

‘I think in other countries, it’s a huge thing and we’ve lost touch a little bit. Everyone was so behind me, I felt. The support I’ve had from the UK has been amazing. I was so proud that everyone was behind me.’

It comes as James said he’s trying to ‘focus on the positives’ after he scored zero points at the 65th song competition on Saturday night. 

Taking to Twitter, the singer who performed his song Embers in front of the 3,500 fans at the Rotterdam Ahoy arena, said of the loss: ‘It teaches you how to pick yourself up and be stronger.’ 

Happy: 'I sang in front of 200 million people and I got into music because I wanted to sing on stage to people and that was what I was doing. I got to work with all these amazing, talented people. No regrets at all'

Happy: ‘I sang in front of 200 million people and I got into music because I wanted to sing on stage to people and that was what I was doing. I got to work with all these amazing, talented people. No regrets at all’

Writing a heartfelt statement, UK entry James penned on Monday: ‘I want to focus on the positives of this amazing experience. I stood on a stage and sang to hundreds of millions of people with a song that I wrote and love.

‘I’ve learnt so much from the amazing people who gave everything to help me live my dream.

‘The dancers, my choreographer, my vocal coach, everyone from my label, my manager and the BBC and all the people behind-the-scenes at Eurovision and the arena.’

James, whose brother is John Newman, added that he feels ‘so lucky’ to have had the chance to perform and insisted that there is ‘no guarantee’ that people will ‘connect’ with a song. 

'Focus on the positives': Eurovision UK entry James said he's trying to 'focus on the positives' after he scored zero points at the 65th song competition on Saturday night

‘Focus on the positives’: Eurovision UK entry James said he’s trying to ‘focus on the positives’ after he scored zero points at the 65th song competition on Saturday night

Lesson: Taking to Twitter, the singer, who performed his song Embers in front of the 3,500 fans at the Rotterdam Ahoy arena, said of the loss: 'It teaches you how to pick yourself up and be stronger'

Lesson: Taking to Twitter, the singer, who performed his song Embers in front of the 3,500 fans at the Rotterdam Ahoy arena, said of the loss: ‘It teaches you how to pick yourself up and be stronger’ 

The singer, who was given odds of just 200/1 by Betfair to win, continued: ‘All these people are the best in the business and I got the chance to work with them and share this crazy experience that I’m so lucky to have the chance to do.

‘The thing about writing songs is that there is no guarantee that a song you think will connect with people, will connect with an audience.

‘Thank you to all the amazing dedicated fans who have supported me through the whole thing made it all worth it. Because at the end of the day they are the people who you do this all for.

‘Just want to say a huge massive thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has been on this journey with me, supported me, listened to my music and filled my life with positivity and love.’

Signing off his poignant post, James concluded: ‘The times when it doesn’t play out how you hoped it might, teaches you how to pick yourself up and be stronger x.’ 

Heartfelt: Writing a heartfelt statement, UK entry James penned on Monday: 'I want to focus on the positives of this amazing experience. I stood on a stage and sang to hundreds of millions of people with a song that I wrote and love.'

Heartfelt: Writing a heartfelt statement, UK entry James penned on Monday: ‘I want to focus on the positives of this amazing experience. I stood on a stage and sang to hundreds of millions of people with a song that I wrote and love.’ 



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