The 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place on May 22 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
And hosts of British coverage on BBC Four, Rylan Clark-Neal, 32, and Scott Mills, 47, have been transformed into officers of the law for a Line Of Duty parody.
As heads of the BBC’s ESC-21 unit, the presenting duo grill 2021’s British entry James Newman, 35, in the sketch, which will be screened during the first semifinal on May 18.
Line of duty! Rylan Clark-Neal, 32, and Scott Mills, 47, have been transformed into detectives for a Line Of Duty parody, which will be aired in the first semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest on May 18.
Rylan and Scott will be joined by singer-songwriter Chelcee Grimes for the BBC Four broadcast on May 18.
In late February, it was announced that James Newman would return to represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
The BRIT Award winner takes to the stage in Rotterdam with a new song after the 2020 final was canceled due to the Covid pandemic.
Due to the cancellation, all Eurovision acts from last year have been invited to represent their country in this year’s final, which is expected to have social distance measures and a limited audience.
Coming into character: as heads of the BBC’s ESC-21 unit, the presenting duo grill 2021’s British entry James Newman, 35, in the sketch
Grilling! Rylan and Scott wore uniforms and sat with a police-style interview recorder during the mock interrogation
About his return, he said: ‘I am so excited and honored to have a second chance to represent my country in the Eurovision Song Contest.
‘I haven’t stopped making new music in lockdown and I can’t wait for everyone to hear the song I’m bringing to Eurovision in 2021.’
Jo Wallace, Acting Controller Entertainment Commissioning for the BBC, said: ‘We are so happy that James is back with us and representing the UK at Eurovision 2021.
‘After 2020 and the postponement of the 65th song contest, Eurovision is exactly what everyone needs!’
He’s back! James Newman, 35, returns to represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021
Mel Balac, Creative Director for BBC Studios, said: “James has truly embraced being part of the Eurovision family and team ESC UK are delighted to have another shot at Eurovision.”
James won a BRIT Award for Best British Single in 2014 after co-writing on Rudimental and Ella Eyre’s Waiting All Night.
Michael Rice represented the UK in 2019 but ended the country’s poor run of results in the final, finishing in last place with just 11 points after a vote correction.
This year’s Eurovision Song Contest is expected to see many 2020 acts return with new songs to compete as the rules state that they cannot return with the same song as last year.
Superstar: BRIT Award winner James takes the stage in Rotterdam in the Netherlands on May 22 with a new song after the 2020 final is canceled due to the Covid pandemic
Last year, many fans called for Iceland’s viral track Think About Things by Daði og Gagnamagnið to be crowned the winner even before the finale was canceled.
Bosses chose to replace the competition with a special Eurovision Song Contest: Europe Shine a Light, which featured the performers who took part in a gloomy time when the continent was under the spell of the pandemic.
As one of the Big Five countries (UK, Spain, Germany, France, Italy), the UK does not have to qualify for the semi-finals of the competition and will automatically be granted access to Saturday’s grand final.
The Netherlands, as the sitting champion, also does not have to qualify from the semi-finals and will automatically gain access to the Grand Final.
The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast on BBC One on Saturday 22 May in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The semi-finals will also be broadcast on BBC Four on Tuesday 18 and Thursday 20 May.
Give it the title! Last year, before the final was canceled, many fans called for the Icelandic viral song Think About Things by Daði og Gagnamagnið to be crowned the winner.