Michael Rice

EUROVISION 2019: What Next – Michael Rice

What next for this year’s Eurovision finalists?

United Kingdom: Michael Rice

by Christopher Smith

Poor old United Kingdom. Things haven’t been so good in Eurovision since its last win back in 1997. Three last places, and countless near-bottom misses. The country’s last top ten appearance came in 2009 with Jade Ewen so everyone was hopeful that 21 year old reality TV star Michael Rice was going to restore some confidence and faith in the Contest for the UK this year. For whatever reason, it didn’t happen. Despite Michael’s stalwart performance, the UK came last, again, with just eight points from the jury and only a further three from the tele vote to end on 11 points, thirteen behind Germany in 25th place and the least points since Electro Velvet got just 5 points in 2015.

Michael came into the public eye when he entered the 2014 series of The X Factor, aged just 16. Although he was eliminated at the bootcamp stage, Michael didn’t give up and instead applied for the 2018 series of All Together Now and won it, performing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. Michael then entered as one of six hopefuls for this year’s Eurovision: You Decide programme and won with the song “Bigger Than Us”, co-written by Swedish singer John Lundvik, who himself was entering the Contest with another self-penned number, “Too Late For Love”. John would finish fifth, but as we now, the same success was not afforded Michael.

“Bigger Than Us” has found an audience on the charts where it has made No.8 in Sweden and No.27 on the UK download chart. But perhaps Michael himself will have the last laugh as he takes to the road this Summer performing at numerous festivals and pride AND he’s putting the finishing touches to his debut album that’s coming out very soon! Go Michael…we wish you every success for the future!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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