James Newman hoists the British flag during the Eurovision final

Eurovision official James Newman is hopeful that the UK’s position in the competition will improve when he takes the stage in tonight’s grand final.

The 35-year-old singer-songwriter is one of 26 compositions competing for the top prize during the climax of the week-long competition in Rotterdam.

Pop star John Newman’s older brother was slated to perform My Last Breath at the 2020 contest before it was canceled due to the pandemic.

Instead, he’ll be performing at Ahoy Square in front of an audience of 3,500 fans, the ninth-ranked Ambers, an upbeat dance-pop show inspired by the end of the lockdown.

In the 2019 competition, the UK finished last with Michael Rice’s Bigger Than Us, continuing with poor results, while the Netherlands finished first with Duncan Lawrence’s Arcade.

The final featured the 20 successful nations from the week’s semi-finals, in addition to the so-called Big Five of the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

The host country Netherlands is participating in this special event.

Cypriot Elena Tsagrino will lead the El Diablo course in the first hole, while Cenhite will end the show with an adrenaline.

Competition among the delegations has been hampered by several positive COVID-19 tests.

Iceland, one of the favorites to win, will compete in the final despite being forced to withdraw from live performances after Daoi og Gaganmagnio tested positive.

The Twisted dance troupe was supposed to perform their songs for 10 years, but will now compete using their recorded rehearsal performances on stage on May 13.

Eurovision champion Duncan Lawrence was also scheduled to perform, but withdrew after showing positive and mild symptoms.

The Eurovision Song Contest final will be broadcast on BBC One from 8 pm onwards.

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