Eurovision’s James Newman eyes up Naked Attraction stint after crushing defeat

Eurovision UK star James Newman has shrugged off his crushing "nul points" defeat by claiming he will try his luck on Strictly Come Dancing or even Naked Attraction next.

Fans were in uproar when his track Embers failed to bag any support at all in Saturday’s contest – and even Ireland and Australia never voted for us.

After the humiliating result in Rotterdam, singer songwriter James stood up smiling, did a dance and swigged his beer and receieved warm applause from the arena as many agreed his song was not the worst of the night.

Brushing off his zero points, he joked he might do better on two very famous TV shows.

He told the Daily Star: "After learning to dance proper for my performance at Eurovision, I’d have a bash at Strictly next.

"And obviously, like everyone, I would love to go on Naked Attraction!"

The last time the UK got nul points was in 2003 with Jemini and their song Cry Baby.

We have now come bottom in the contest fives times.

Asked who he would like to see represent the UK next year, James added: "A young artist who realises the potential that Eurovision has to help launch your career and get your music heard by 180 million people."

UK fans blame the anti-EU vote on Boris Johnson, Brexit and the recent Covid vaccine row.

Others demanded the UK withdraw once and for all.

The BBC is understood to pay the European Broadcasting Union – which hosts the competition – a whopping £310,000 a year to be one of "The Big Five" who make the biggest financial contribution to the contest and are guaranteed a place in the final.

Social media comments included "No one likes us and I blame Boris", "Time we pulled out", "Why should licence fee payers be expected to pay for this" and "Last in Eurovison? Jealous cos we’re number one for giving the vaccine."

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There was some good news for the BBC though as the contest proved the most watched show of the night peaking at 8.4 million.

Italian group Maneskin won the public vote by an overwhelming margin, leaving early frontrunners France and Switzerland in second and third place.

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