Michael Rice is to represent the United Kingdom at the 64th Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place this May in Tel Aviv.
“This has been such an exciting year for Eurovision: You Decide with new format changes that we hope have really made the competition and programme more geared to find the perfect song.” – Mel Balac, Executive Producer
Michael Rice took to the stage alongside five other hopefuls who all battled it out for the honour of representing the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2019 in a live 90-minute show on BBC Two hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Måns Zelmerlöw.
The X Factor 2014 hopeful will be performing ‘Bigger Than Us’, which was written by Jonas Thander, Anna-Klara Folin, John Lundvik, Laurell Barker. As well as his appearance on the ITV talent series, Rice scooped £50,000 after winning the first series of BBC One entertainment show All Together Now in 2018.
He got into music at an early age and taught himself how to play the piano from watching videos online after his mum bought him a keyboard. A Eurovision follower, he believes it’s a brilliant platform for countries to showcase their music, and his favourite winners are Salvador Sobral (Eurovision winner 2017 – Portugal) and Måns Zelmerlöw (Eurovision winner 2015 – Sweden).
Eurovision: You Decide was broadcast live on BBC Two from Salford earlier this evening (Friday 8th February), featuring performances by six competing acts Holly Tandy, Michael Rice, Jordan Clarke, MAID, Anisa and Kerrie-Anne. Michael’s victory was decided by a combination of jury and viewer votes.
The expert judging panel comprising of Rylan Clark-Neal, Mollie King and Marvin Humes were also on hand to offer advice and choose the three out of the six acts that went forward to the final part of the show where the votes were opened to the public vote. The live show also featured performances from 2018 Eurovision Song Contest UK representative, SuRie as well as 2018 Eurovision Song Contest winner Netta and 2015 Eurovision winner, Måns Zelmerlöw.
“We’ve had some incredible performances tonight by everyone and everyone’s own individual take on the songs – well done to everyone! We are delighted for Michael and are proud to take ‘Bigger Than Us’ to the Eurovision Song Contest Final in May.” – Mel Balac, Executive Producer
The 64th Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Tel Aviv. The Semi Finals will be broadcast on the 14th and 16th May on BBC Four and the Grand Final will be broadcast on 18th May on BBC One.