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Calls increase for both Wales, the Welsh language and Scotland to be represented at the Eurovision song contest

23 May 2021 3 minutes Read
Eurovision results 2021

Calls for both Wales and the Welsh language to be represented in the Eurovision Song contest have increased after the UK scored nul points last night.

It comes after nation.cymru yesterday published two stories asking ‘How come Wales is not represented?’ and another with experts giving their views on ‘What’s stopping Wales competing in Eurovision – and would we do better than the UK?’

It was a disappointing night for James Newman, the only contestant to score zero points from the jury vote and from the public vote, coming bottom on the leaderboard.

The singer, who is the older brother of pop star John Newman, had hoped to win over viewers with his rendition of upbeat track Embers, inspired by the end of lockdown.

The final competition, held in Rotterdam, Netherlands, after the show was cancelled in 2020, was won by Italy with rock band Maneskin’s Zitti E Buoni.

The calls for both Wales and Scotland to be represented was made by James Kelly, who writes the pro-independence blog ‘Scot Goes Pop!’, who reminded people that 60% of the Scottish public demand a Scottish entry in the contest.

 

Plaid Cymru honorary president Lord Dafydd Wigley, whose wife Elinor is an accomplished harpist, said on Twitter.

And former Plaid Cymru leader and Rhondda MS Leanne Wood also said on Twitter:

Some 7.4 million people tuned in to watch the competition on BBC One, giving the channel a 48.5% share of the audience.

It was the biggest overnight audience for a Eurovision final since 2014.

Newman took his defeat in good humour, drinking a beer and standing up to applause from the live audience in the arena.

The UK is no stranger to the bottom of the Eurovision leaderboard and came in last place in 2019 with Michael Rice’s Bigger Than Us.

On stage after the band’s victory, Maneskin frontman Damiano David shouted into the microphone: “We just wanted to say to the whole of Europe, to the whole world, rock and roll never dies.”

Full Eurovision results 2021

1. Italy – 524 points

2. France – 499 points

3. Switzerland – 432 points

4. Iceland – 378 points

5. Ukraine – 364 points

6. Finland – 301 points

7. Malta – 255 points

8. Lithuania – 220 points

9. Russia -204 points

10. Greece – 170 points

11. Bulgaria – 170 points

12. Portugal – 153 points

13. Moldova – 115 points

14. Sweden – 109 points

15. Serbia – 102 points

16. Cyprus – 94 points

17. Israel – 93 points

18. Norway – 75 points

19. Belgium – 74 points

20. Azerbaijan – 65 points

21. Albania – 57 points

22. San Marino – 50 points

23. Netherlands – 11 points

24. Spain – 6 points

25. Germany – 3 points

26. United Kingdom – 0 points

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Quornby
Quornby
20 days ago

Just one more thing that colonies don’t get.

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
20 days ago

I think the last time I fully watched this wonderful program a group called Aber was in it. Turned out they were Swedish, called ABBA and, much to my disappointment, nothing to do with wales at all. I realised that the only good bit was Terry Wogan commentating on the judging and best to skip the actual singing content. As one bitter Swedish producer of the contest complained in 2016, “He raised a generation of viewers believing this was a fun, kitsch show that had no relevance whatsoever.” Sir Terry deserved his knighthood just for doing that and saving me… Read more »

Mick Tems
Mick Tems
20 days ago

An exciting and inspiring Wales entry should have amassed a load of points – compared to a really average UK artist singing a really average song, performed on a really average stage. The judges and the European viewers gave the UK the thumbs-down with nil points, which was completely justified. It’s time to give Wales – and Scotland – a golden chance!

David Wills
David Wills
20 days ago

Dear Senedd, please put this matter to rest and get Wales a place in Eurovision 2022. If anyone knows how to sing and perform, it is the Welsh.

Charles Evans
Charles Evans
18 days ago
Reply to  David Wills

This is definitely something the Senedd should care about and spend time on. I am a totally serious person and very clever.

Redmond Mocke
Redmond Mocke
20 days ago

I agree, our Eurovision entry this year was pathetic. The act deserved a big NIL points. There are many Welsh acts which are far better.

David Harking
David Harking
20 days ago

Britain = England. No one likes England. Simple.

Rhodri Thomas
Rhodri Thomas
20 days ago

Only independent countries can enter. The BBC could choose to enter a song in Welsh or Gaelic just as France once entered a song in Breton, but it would still be the UK entry.

Rob
Rob
19 days ago
Reply to  Rhodri Thomas

The UK isn’t an independent country either though.

arthur owen
arthur owen
19 days ago
Reply to  Rhodri Thomas

Welsh could only hope for the kind of support from the establishment that Breton gets.

Vaughan
Vaughan
18 days ago
Reply to  arthur owen

Is this an ironic comment.? Only yesterday it was ruled in the French courts that mainly Breton – language education is illegal and against the constitution!

Mathew Rees
Mathew Rees
19 days ago

Wales tried to enter Eurovision in 1969 under the direction of Meredydd Evans at BBC Wales and Cân i Cymru came to be to find a song but it was decided that the BBC would continue to send one song for the UK. This changed in the nineties when S4C sent a Welsh delegation to another EBU production, Jeux sans frontieres. In 2017 Wales entered Eurovision Choir because the BBC weren’t interested. Scotland followed suit under BBC Alba in 2019. Wales entered Junior Eurovision because the BBC nor ITV weren’t interested. And this is the deal. The big broadcasters ultimately… Read more »

S C
S C
19 days ago

Or maybe the song and performance were really bad….no, that can’t be it, right?

derek jones
derek jones
19 days ago

And just who is going to pay for it . With winning nations having to fork out approximately thirty million euros to host the next one ,who will be paying for that .

Brenig Davies
Brenig Davies
19 days ago

Difficult to get recent information on the cost of entering Eurovision; but it is published that in 2012, BBC pаid the Europeаn Broаdcаsting Union, £310,000. To host the event is in the region of £30m. A new primary school in Wales is in the region of £6m.

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