Calls increase for both Wales, the Welsh language and Scotland to be represented at the Eurovision song contest
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.
In all seriousness, what do the BBC think they have to lose at this stage by letting the Home Nations compete separately? This happens almost every year. The UK brand is loathed. Scotland and Wales might at least manage respectability. #Eurovision
— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) May 22, 2021
Plaid Cymru honorary president Lord Dafydd Wigley, whose wife Elinor is an accomplished harpist, said on Twitter.
Is the UK performance in the European Song Contest – being last without a single point – a reflection of more than the merits of the song but of the contempt with which the world now regards Bojo's broken friendless Britain? High time Wales had own entry in Euro song contest.
— Dafydd Wigley (@Dafydd_Wigley) May 23, 2021
And former Plaid Cymru leader and Rhondda MS Leanne Wood also said on Twitter:
Nil points for UK in Eurovision. Wonder why?!? 🤔
— Leanne Wood 🏴 (@LeanneWood) May 23, 2021
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