Eurovision running order and full line up – including James Newman performance
Europe’s biggest music show is back on our screens tonight, after last year's competition was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
You can watch the Eurovision Song Contest live this evening and it promises to be bigger and better than ever.
Rotterdam Ahoy arena plays home to this year's final, and as usual, Graham Norton will be on hand to host for the UK audience.
The show will kick off on Saturday, May 22 at 8pm on BBC One, and will last for around four hours – which includes the time it takes for countries to announce the points they are awarding, and the winner to be crowned.
26 countries will perform, and you'll no doubt want to know exactly when the UK will perform so you don't miss it.
When is the UK performing tonight?
Luckily, the UK has been selected to perform in the first half of the show alongside Belgium, Malta and Portugal – with host country the Netherlands scheduled to perform in the second half of the lengthy show.
UK fans of Eurovision won't have long to wait, because 2021 entrant James Newman will be the ninth performer, out of 26 countries.
Eurovision Song Contest 2021 full line up
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1. Cyprus – Elena Tsagrinou – El Diablo
2. Albania – Anxhela Peristeri – Karma
3. Israel – Eden Alene – Set Me Free
4. Belgium – Hooverphonic – The Wrong Place
5. Russia – Manizha – Russian Woman
6. Malta – Destiny – Je Me Casse
7. Portugal – The Black Mamba – Love Is On My Side
8. Serbia – Hurricane – Loco Loco
9. United Kingdom – James Newman – Embers
10. Greece – Stefania – Last Dance
11. Switzerland – Gjon's Tears – Tout l'Univers
12. Iceland – Da∂i Freyr og Gagnamagni∂ – 10 Years
13. Spain – Blas Cantó – Voy A Querdarme
14. Moldova – Natalia Gordienko – SUGAR
15. Germany – Jendrik – I Don't Feel Hate
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16. Finland – Blind Channel – Dark Side
17. Bulgaria – Victoria – Growing Up is Getting Old
18. Lithuania – The Roop – Discoteque
19. Ukraine – Go_A – Shum
20. France – Barbara Pravi – Voilà
21. Azerbaijan – Efendi – Mata Hari
22. Norway – TIX – Fallen Angel
23. The Netherlands (Hosts) – Jeangu Macrooy – Birth of a New Age
24. Italy – Måneskin – Zitti E Buoni
25. Sweden – Tusse – Voices
26. San Marino – Senhit – Adrenalina
Who is the UK Eurovision performer?
Award winning singer-songwriter James Newman will be flying the flag and representing the UK tonight.
On being selected to represent Britain Newman admitted to feeling disappointed when the show was cancelled last year. Speaking to BBC’s Newsbeat he said: “I was so gutted when it got cancelled last year and I didn't get the opportunity to go to Rotterdam and sing on stage, I instantly wanted to take part again."
Tonight he will be performing his new song Embers, a song he wrote in place of his 2020 entry "My Last Breath".
The singer admits to loving a ballad but felt that it didn't feel right this year due to it being written in a pre pandemic climate.
He added: “I feel like everyone wants a part 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. The song Embers is about those sparks that don't die out.
"When we were writing this, it felt like I wanted to show everyone that we were coming back together, it’s about having that connection and something reigniting. About us emerging from this rubbish time we’ve been having. It fits with the idea that Eurovision is coming back”.
Newman comes from a musical family, he was born in North Yorkshire and is the older brother of singer songwriter John Newman.
Before becoming the UK’s offering at this years Eurovision, he found fame writing for the likes of Ed Sheeran, Calvin Harris, Toni Braxton and Jess Glynne.
He credits the Eurovision “fan community” as an integral part of the Eurovision "experience" stating that "those fans brought me into the Eurovision world, Everyone is so welcoming. I knew the basics of Eurovision but i didn’t realise how many people lived and breathed it".
To vote you need to register for a BBC account and when the lines open the acts will be listed in order of performance. You can only vote 3 times online so make sure you chose well as every vote counts!
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