The UK’s Eurovision hopeful James Newman took to the stage at the alcohol-free venue in the Netherlands tonight as he competed with the 25 different nations throughout the tune contest’s highly-anticipated grand closing tonight.
The BRIT award winner, 35, donned a classy striped black jacket and trousers, as sang his tune Embers in entrance of the 3,500 followers at the Rotterdam Ahoy area.
The UK hopeful, who was seen waving to the crowds as he was welcomed to the stage for the grand closing, has been given odds of simply 200/1 by Betfair to win the sixty fifth annual Eurovision Song Contest.
But the artist didn’t let the poor odds deter him as he carried out his energetic observe in entrance of a sea of excited Eurovision followers.
The artist’s efficiency got here after crowds of Eurovision followers waved their flags in the air and beamed with pleasure as they flocked to the venue in the Netherlands forward of the upcoming closing and ready to watch the nations competing for the trophy.
Scores of jubilant followers descended upon the Rotterdam Ahoy area, in Rotterdam, as they equipped for the highly-anticipated contest.
After greater than every week of rehearsals, two semi-finals and 53,000 Covid checks for followers, employees and performers, the Eurovision Song Contest that was cancelled final yr due to the pandemic went reside tonight in entrance of three,500 followers and a worldwide tv viewers.
This yr’s theme is ‘Open Up’, and the Dutch government-backed coronavirus restrictions might be a mannequin for occasions like Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics as the world slowly emerges from lockdown.
The UK’s Eurovision hopeful James Newman, 35, took to the stage at the socially-distanced venue in the Netherlands tonight
Prior to his efficiency he waved to the jubilant crowds as he made look at the sixty fifth annual Eurovision Song Contest tonight
Maneskin from Italy perform their tune ‘Zitti E Buoni’ throughout the grand closing at the Rotterdam Ahoy area
Jendrik from Germany carried out his tune ‘I Don’t Feel Hate’ throughout the Grand Final of the sixty fifth annual Eurovision Song Contest
Contestant’s Blind Channel of Finland donned black outfits as they took to the stage throughout the closing of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam
Natalia Gordienko from Moldova performs Sugar at the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest at the Rotterdam area
Gjon Muharremaj of Switzerland takes to the stage in entrance of the reside viewers durinf the sixty fifth Eurovision Song Contest
Scores of followers sats down to watch the grand closing inside the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam in the Netherlands tonight
Italy’s group, Maneskin, who’re the favourites amongst bookmakers, wave to the reside viewers as they’re welcomed on stage
Presenters Jan Smit, Chantal Janzen and Edsilia Rombley throughout the sixty fifth Eurovision Song Contest tonight
Contestant Stefania Liberakakis of Greece walks on stage and greets the crowds as the closing kicks off in Rotterdam
Contestant Eden Alene of Israel performs throughout the closing of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam
Elene Tsagrinou from Cyprus with the tune ‘El Diablo’ performs throughout the Grand Final of the sixty fifth annual Eurovision Song Contest
Stefania from Greece performs her tune ‘Last Dance’ throughout the grand closing aof the sixty fifth annual Eurovision Song Contest
Contestant Blas Canto of Spain performs throughout the closing of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam tonight
Crowds applauded the band Go_A lo_from the Ukraine as they are saying their tune Shum throughout the tune contest tonight
Tusse from Sweden take to the stage in entrance of the reside viewers in Rotterdam and perform their tune Voices
American rapper Flo Rida and Senhit from San Marino perform collectively in entrance of hundreds of followers at the area
The scenes of celebration come after Eurovision Song Contest bosses banned alcohol from being consumed at the upcoming closing in Rotterdam.
Speaking outdoors the area, one fan, Saskia Scharree, 51, mentioned: ‘I believe it is the starting of a brand new begin. When one thing as large as this occurs in Holland, you are going to take part.’
Meanwhile Finnish fan Oona Sainio, 27, mentioned she and her household had come to absorb the environment regardless of not having tickets.
She mentioned: ‘We’re large Eurovision followers and we wished to be shut to the motion.’
The run-up has been dominated by coronavirus scares, with Iceland’s hotly-tipped entry Dadi og Gagnamagnid dominated out of performing reside when a band member examined constructive for Covid.
Dutch 2019 winner Duncan Laurence in the meantime can be unable to perform his new tune reside in tonight’s closing after coming down with signs of the illness throughout rehearsals this week.
Now, the favorite amongst bookmakers is Italy’s Maneskin with their tune Zitti e Buoni however their vote might be cut up by the equally heavy steel sounds of Finland’s Blind Channel with their tune Dark Side.
French chanteuse Barbara Pravi can be hoping to finish her nation’s 44-year dropping streak together with her tune ‘Voila’.
Speaking outdoors the space, Milo Mateo, from the Italian band Maneskin, mentioned: ‘If we win, it is going to be very, very good, as a result of the subsequent yr shall be in Italy. That’s excellent. Let’s hope. Fingers crossed.’
This week, the UK’s Eurovision 2021 hopeful James Newman seemed on type as he rehearsed for the second of two semi-final reveals for the tune contest.
The BRIT award winner, 35, was stuffed with confidence as he belted out his observe Embers whereas working the stage throughout the first gown rehearsal present at the Rotterdam Ahoy area.
It got here as the Eurovision was given odds of simply 200/1 by Betfair to win the sixty fifth annual Eurovision Song Contest.
Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom mentioned of his possibilities: ‘Brit hopeful James Newman has gone from 125/1 to 200/1 to win the Eurovision Song Contest following some sturdy semi-final performances, which means victory for the United Kingdom seems out of attain for an additional yr.’
Those in control of the highly-anticipated occasion in the Netherlands have taken the determination to prohibit consuming in any respect accommodations and venues collaborating on this yr’s competitors.
According to stories, organisers felt that permitting consuming would threat spreading the illness, and will impression strict social distancing measures which are in place.
A supply in Rotterdam instructed The Sun: ‘The determination to ban alcohol has gone down like a lead balloon. There had been already strict social-distancing measures in place. Having a drink was no less than one pleasing a part of being out right here – however now that is gone too.
Jeangu Macrooy from the Netherlands sings Birth of a New Age as he performs throughout the Grand Final of the Eurovision contest
Andreas Haukeland ‘TIX’ of Norway donned angle wings as he carried out at the sixty fifth Eurovision Song Contest
Samira Efendi of Azerbaijan performs together with her dancers throughout the sixty fifth Eurovision Song Contest grand closing held at Rotterdam
Destiny Chukunyere from Malta with sings Je Me Casse throughout tonight’s grand closing of the Eurovision contest
Serbia’s Hurricane performs throughout the closing of the sixty fifth version of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021
Manizha Dalerovna Sangin, from Russia, sings her tune in entrance of the reside viewers in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Greece’s Stefania performs throughout the closing of the sixty fifth version of the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam
Anxhela Peristeri from Albania donned a glamours silver gown as she took to the stage and competed with the different nations
The band Hooverphonic from Belgium perform their tune The Wrong Place throughout the grand closing tonight
Elena Tsagrinou from Cyprus performs her tune El Diablo in entrance of a reside viewers in Rotterdam tonight
French singer Barbara Pravi is hoping to finish her nation’s 44-year dropping streak together with her tune ‘Voila’
Lithuania’s The Roop performs throughout the closing of the sixty fifth version of the Eurovision Song Contest this yr
The Portuguese band The Black Mamba perform their tune Love Is On My Side at the area in the Netherlands tonight
Although they had been unable to take to the stage, Iceland’s Daði og Gagnamagnið was put up on a display for the viewers at the area
Victoria Georgieva from Bulgaria carried out the tune ‘Growing Up Is Getting Old’ throughout the Grand Final tonight
Fans donned flags throughout their shoulders as they flocked to the socially-distanced venue in the Netherlands forward of the upcoming closing
A bunch of followers pose for picture as they arrive to the socially-distanced venue forward of the highly-anticipated closing tonight
Fans put together to watch the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest at the Rotterdam Ahoy area tonight
Social media flocked to Twitter following Germany’s comical efficiency at this yr’s Eurovision tune contest
‘Lots of the artists are completely livid that this has occurred. They do not consider the virus incident in the Icelandic staff had something to do with alcohol being consumed.’
The determination has reportedly sparked anger amongst some performers, with the Russian staff making a grievance.
Before the determination, contestants and employees may drink alcohol at designated venues and accommodations till midnight.
This week, Iceland’s Daði og Gagnamagnið star Daði Freyr admitted that his group, one among the favourites to win the competitors, had been ‘upset’ after being pressured to pull out of the competitors after a member examined constructive for Covid-19.
Speaking on Friday’s episode of Lorraine, the musician, 28, mentioned that they’re making an attempt to ‘make the finest’ of the state of affairs as they continue to be in the resort.
It got here after 2019 Eurovision Song Contest winner Duncan Laurence examined constructive for coronavirus and also will be unable to perform reside at Saturday’s grand closing in Rotterdam.
Daði defined their determination not to perform with out their sixth member Jóhann Sigurður Jóhannsson, who examined constructive, because it ‘would not actually work’.
He mentioned: ‘The tune is written for the band as a six member factor and the efficiency, the tune is written for the efficiency, one member lacking would not actually work.’
Following their efficiency, Italy’s Maneskin had been flooded with reward by Eurovision viewers on social media
The scenes after Eurovision Song Contest bosses reportedly banned alcohol from being consumed at the upcoming closing in Rotterdam
Those in control of the highly-anticipated occasion in the Netherlands have taken the determination to prohibit consuming in any respect accommodations and venues
Fans wait in queues and have their tickets checked as they arrive to the Eurovision tune contest in the Netherlands
A fan poses for an image as they arrive to the Rotterdam Ahoy area, in Rotterdam, and kit up for the sixty fifth annual Eurovision Song Contest tonight
Fans carry their flags and put on face masks as they arrive to the Rotterdam Ahoy area and put together for the closing
Crowds of followers put on face masks as they’ve their tickets verify outdoors the Dutch venue forward of the closing tonight
An artist performs on stage at The Clapham Grand evening membership in London as hundreds of music followers put together to watch the closing
Performers take to the stage at The Clapham Grand as the nation gears up for the sixty fifth annual Eurovision Song Contest
This week, the UK’s Eurovision 2021 hopeful James Newman was stuffed with confidence as he belted out his observe Embers whereas working the stage throughout the first gown rehearsal present at the Rotterdam Ahoy area