He unfortunately finished in last place in the 56th Eurovision Song Contest last weekend after scoring a disappointing zero points.
But British entry James Newman revealed that he has ‘no regrets’ about participating in the song competition, which was won by Italy this year.
During his first interview since his loss, the BRIT Award winner, 35, shared how he and his team ‘went out of their way’ on the show, adding that he was very ‘happy’ with his song and performance.
No regrets: British Eurovision entry James Newman revealed he has ‘no regrets’ about participating in the Eurovision song competition, which was won by Italy this year
Looking back on how it went during the game in Rotterdam, James said to Lorraine: ‘What can you do? We went there and we did our very best. I think we took the best Brits.
‘I was very happy with the song, very happy with the performance. But the best thing for me was the crowd just went nuts when they said ‘zero points’, but the audience was cheering me, everyone cheering me. ‘
When Lorraine, aged 61, whether there was any indication that things were not going his way, he replied, ‘I couldn’t really say. I was really positive. I just tried to imagine winning so I could give it a positive vibe. You just can’t say it.
Tough times: James unfortunately finished last weekend in the 56th Eurovision Song Contest after a disappointing zero points
Writing songs and singing to people, you can’t guarantee it will connect with an audience. I think I just wanted to do my best for myself and we certainly did.
‘My whole team was so great. It was a great time. I wouldn’t change it for the world. ‘
And despite representing the only country not to score a single point in the competition, James added that he had ‘no regrets’ about his participation.
“None at all,” he replied to Lorraine when asked about possible regrets. ‘Saturday was one of the best nights of my life.
Chat: During his first interview since his loss, the BRIT Award winner, 35, shared how he and his team ‘went out of their way’ on the show, adding that he was very ‘happy’ with his song and performance
‘I sang to 200 million people and I started music because I wanted to sing to people on stage and that was what I did. I got to work with all these wonderful, talented people. No regrets at all. ‘
However, there is good news for the musician, as his single Embers has risen high in the British charts.
He touched on the success of his hit parade and said, “It’s amazing. The whole reason I started doing this is that I could sing music to people and send my song out into the world. So it certainly did that job.
‘Coming home and seeing my song was # 1 on iTunes in the UK. I was like, “Oh my God, that’s great,” so everything has a silver lining. ‘
Looking back: Looking back on how it went during the match in Rotterdam, James said to Lorraine: ‘What can you do? We went there and we did our very best. I think we took the best Brits
With the UK having one of the worst Eurovision results in years, James provided his input on how the UK could improve in future competitions.
He mused, “I think you will keep trying and doing your very best. Using the best of the British and showing Europe that we care about the Eurovision Song Contest.
‘I think it is huge in other countries and that we have lost contact a bit. Everyone was so behind me, I felt. The support I’ve had from the UK has been great. I was so proud that everyone was behind me. ‘
It comes as James said he tries to ‘focus on the positives’ after he scored zero points at the 65th song competition on Saturday night.
On Twitter, the singer who performed his song Embers in front of the 3,500 fans in the Rotterdam Ahoy arena said about the loss: “It teaches you how to pick yourself up and become stronger.”
Happy: ‘I sang to 200 million people and started playing music because I wanted to sing to people on stage and that was what I did. I got to work with all these wonderful, talented people. No regrets at all ‘
James wrote a heartfelt statement, writing on Monday: ‘I want to focus on the positives of this wonderful experience. I was on stage singing to hundreds of millions of people with a song that I wrote that I love.
‘I have learned so much from the wonderful people who gave everything to help me make my dream come true.
‘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.’
James, whose brother is John Newman, added that he feels “so lucky” to have had the chance to perform and stressed that there is “no guarantee” that people will “bond” with a song.
‘Focus on the positives’: Eurovision UK entry James said he is trying to ‘focus on the positives’ after scoring zero points at the 65th song competition on Saturday night
Lesson: On Twitter, the singer, who performed his song Embers for the 3,500 fans in the Rotterdam Ahoy arena, said about the loss: ‘It teaches you how to pick yourself up and be stronger’
The singer, who was given a chance of just 200/1 to win by Betfair, continued: ‘All these people are the best in the business and I got the chance to work with them and share this crazy experience where lucky. have the opportunity to do.
‘The thing about song writing is that there is no guarantee that a song that you think will interact with people will include an audience.
Thank you to all the wonderful dedicated fans who have supported me throughout the whole thing, made it all worthwhile. Because ultimately they are the people you do all of this for.
‘I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been on this journey with me, supported me, listened to my music and filled my life with positivity and love.’
James signed his poignant post and concluded, “The times when things don’t turn out the way you hoped, you learn how to pick yourself up and get stronger x.”
Sincerely: James wrote a heartfelt statement writing Monday, ‘I want to focus on the positives of this wonderful experience. I was on stage singing to hundreds of millions of people with a song that I wrote that I love. ‘