What next for this year’s Eurovision finalists?
United Kingdom: Michael Rice
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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