International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has denied the UK’s nul factors at Eurovision was a “post-Brexit snub” and recommended that the BBC should not select future entrants.
Her feedback observe a disappointing 2021 outcome for the UK as British singer James Newman failed within the ultimate of the singing competitors held this weekend in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Newman, 35, was the one contestant to attain no factors from the jury vote and from the general public vote, placing him on the backside on the leaderboard for the occasion, which was gained by Italy’s rock band Maneskin with their tune Zitti E Buoni.
Ms Truss instructed LBC’s Nick Ferrari: “I think there’s a fundamental problem with the way that we are choosing our performances and singers for the Eurovision Song Contest, because I don’t think it’s a post-Brexit snub. I think we need to have more competition to get the right entrant, I think they need to be more tested with the public.
“I’m here today at LBC responding to questions from listeners, that’s the kind of testing that we need our song contest entrant to go through.”
“So maybe it should be LBC that’s running it, not the BBC.”
Newman, the brother of singer John Newman, thanked followers and mentioned he desires to “focus on the positives of this amazing experience” of the competitors, which noticed greater than seven million individuals within the UK tune in to observe the Saturday night time finale.
In an Instagram submit, Newman mentioned: “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.
“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.
“I 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.
“The times when it doesn’t play out how you hoped it might, teach you how to pick yourself up and be stronger x.”
Brother John, well-known for songs like Love Me Again, commented on his Instagram submit writing: “So so so proud of what you have achieved! On to the next bucket list tick to you and take only the positives with you as these are what make you a better person x.”
Some 7.4 million individuals tuned in to observe the competitors on BBC One, giving the channel a 48.5% share of the viewers and making it the most important in a single day viewers for a Eurovision ultimate since 2014.
Newman had been set to look eventually yr’s contest earlier than it was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, however he co-wrote new tune Embers after the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) mentioned the 2020 songs would not be eligible for the 2021 competitors.
In 2019 the BBC scrapped the general public vote used to pick out the UK’s entry, as a substitute opting to present a file label the ultimate say.
The BBC introduced in February that Newman would as soon as once more characterize the United Kingdom.
The UK has featured on the backside of the Eurovision leaderboard beforehand, coming in final place in 2019 with Michael Rice’s Bigger Than Us.