‘No one ever votes for us’ UK should boycott Eurovision insists DJ Pat Sharp

Eurovision: Pat Sharp predicts UK will score poorly

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The UK has chosen award-winning musician James Newman, 35, to be this year’s entrant after he missed out on his chance to perform at the Eurovision song contest last May as a result of the pandemic. Embers is the song he will be singing at the final this weekend but with the UK having failed to get a significant amount of points in the past, there is a debate about whether Britain should remain in the competition. Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Pat, 59, stated that modern “trends” in music means the days the UK would have had a chance of winning have gone.

Asked by presenter Kate Garraway, 54, if the UK will win Eurovision in the future, Pat replied: “I don’t think so.

“No one is ever going to vote for us anymore. We are Mr and Mrs nil point and we will no succeed at the weekend.

“No one knows what song it is this weekend. We used to play it on the radio upfront, people would be getting excited by it.”

Referring to when Katrina and the Waves won the song contest back in 1997, which was the UK’s last victory, he said since then it was been a “miss mash”.

The radio DJ also explained voting has now become “too political” and because of Brexit, Britain’s chances of becoming champions are slim.

Discussing James’ entry, Pat added: “Is it a song that’s going to go to the top of the charts? I don’t think so.

“It’s all got a bit too trendy,” he remarked, commenting “it has become so political as it’s all to do with the neighbours”.

“We don’t have any neighbours and we have even less now because of Brexit,” he continued, clarifying his stance that the UK should boycott the competition completely.

Kate hit back on the point that as a radio DJ himself, was he to blame for not playing James’ track more on the airwaves.

It’s too political

Pat Sharp

The guest replied that Kate also could have a hand in the success rate of the song as a presenter of Smooth Radio, she could also play the song.

Speaking about representing the UK for 2021 in Rotterdam, James has said: “We’d been through such a rubbish year.

“And we were thinking ‘what do we want to do? ‘What do I want to sing on stage in Rotterdam, hopefully in front of millions of people on the TV and what kind of feeling do I want to get across?

“If you listen to the charts right now, it’s all that kind of upbeat, positive music, and I wanted the song to kind of represent the UK in that sense as well.”

“The idea of Embers is the spark in the fire that’s never burnt out, like the glow in the fire that’s always there,” he continued to tell Sky News.

According to the latest odds, it seems the UK doesn’t have a chance of winning as some of its European neighbours are edging ahead.

Coral bookmakers have Italy as the favourites to claim victory, with their odds of winning at 11/4, with France just behind at 7/2.

Malta takes the third position at 4/1 with Ukraine ramping up their efforts of winning to 13/2 ahead of this weekend’s final.

The UK’s chances of victory are extremely slim as the bookmakers have Britain at 100/1 to win alongside Portugal and Norway.

Coral spokesperson Harry Aitkenhead said: “Italy are now the favourites to win Eurovision this year and as we get our first glimpses of the countries who have to qualify for the final, the Italian entry is sitting pretty with a spot already guaranteed.

“Malta and Ukraine were the standout acts of the first semi-final and they have seen their odds cut on glory this weekend.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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