Eurovision’s Sweden entry mocks Britain: ‘You have a great shot at not coming last’

Eurovision: Sweden's Tusse rates UK entry's chances

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James Newman will perform his single Embers live at the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Finale in Rotterdam in the hope of winning or at least, not finishing in last place. Speaking on Sky News just hours before the live final, Sweden’s entry Tusse laughed about Britain’s chances of doing well.

Asked whether he had met James and what he thought of the UK’s entry, Tusse said: “He’s amazing I’ve met him.

“He’s really charming and awesome. I’ve seen the performance and it’s a great song, great performance and I think you guys have a great shot at not coming last.”

James’ chances of not coming last aren’t looking great ahead of the Grand Finale.

The UK has odds of 2/5 not to win last and odds of 100/1 to lift the coveted trophy.

Meanwhile, Sweden’s Tusse’s odds of winning are chalked at 50/1.

But for Tusse, he is simply happy to be representing Sweden after he received asylum from the country.

He explained: “I was born in the RC in Congo in Africa. By the time I was five years old there was armed conflict in our town, we had to flee our country.

“Me and my parents and my aunt fled and somehow we got lost from my parents so I lost my parents and my aunt raised me.”

Tusse continued: “We ended up in a refugee camp in Uganda where we lived for three years and then ended up getting asylum here in Sweden.

“So Sweden welcomed us so it’s an honour to me to represent them. It’s my way of saying thank you for adopting me.”

Tusse recently contacted his parents after years apart and his dad is proud of his success so far.

“We got in touch with them five years ago,” Tusse explained.

“It was a relief they were both alive. My mother sadly passed away the following year but both my mum and my dad have followed by journey through music and my dad is really proud right now.

“He is back in Congo going ‘I have to vote for you,’ I’m like, ‘Dad you can’t vote from Congo.’”

Meanwhile, UK entry James said of his single Embers: “We wrote Embers in North London last year, I really wanted an upbeat song, as I felt like that was what I needed to do for this year.

“One of the sessions was with Conor Blake, Danny Shah, Tom Hollings and Samuel Brennan, who are all doing amazing things in the industry right now.

“Conor showed me this concept, and it essentially is about the spark being reignited, that glow in the fire that hasn’t gone out yet.

“It represents coming back together after the year we have had and people being reunited with loved ones, and just having fun.

“It felt so right to me, and I loved the big brass drop!”

Revealing what it’s like representing the UK, James added: “It’s absolutely mad to be honest.

“The response has been amazing, I think the momentum has just built since last year, and everyone has been so positive which is amazing.”

James has received advice from previous UK enters including the 2019 Eurovision winner.

“I spoke to Cheryl Baker from Bucks Fizz last year, which was awesome, she is obviously a Eurovision legend,” the singer shared.

“She wished me luck which was lovely. I have also spoken to Duncan Laurence who is the current reigning champion, and he said to me, make sure what you are doing feels like you, and you’ll make Europe fall in love with you.”

Eurovision Song Contest airs Saturday 22 May on BBC One at 8pm.

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