Speaking on a special episode of The Euro Trip podcast released to coincide with the debut of James Newman’s entry for Eurovision 2021, former UK act Nicki French has claimed ‘Embers’ could bring the United Kingdom their best result in over a decade.
Appearing on a panel alongside fellow former UK representative James Fox, Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan, and BBC Radio 1’s Music Reporter Steve Holden, Nicki praised the quality of the song and gave an exciting prediction for where the song could end up on the scoreboard in May.
“So far this is far and away the most lively and the one with the most energy, so I’m going to say top 5…yes!”
The other members of the discussion were equally hopeful, with 2004 UK act James Fox full of praise for James Newman’s track.
“I think it has the potential, but top ten would be an absolute result.”
‘Embers’ currently sits in the top five places in the UK iTunes chart (at the time of writing), with the song being well received by large sections of the fan community and media outlets.
BBC Radio 1’s Steve Holden appeared on the podcast having spent the day with James Newman as the track was released, and explained how the UK’s 2021 artist was feeling.
“It has been great to see him see the reaction… I’m sure he would tell you that he was really nervous before the song was released. But he has just been buzzing all day.”
The last time the UK reached the top ten at Eurovision was in 2009, with Jade Ewan’s “Its My Time” finishing 5th.
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