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Ticket to Tel Aviv: Meet Michael Rice from the United Kingdom

03 May 2019 at 09:00 CEST
Press photo Michael Rice (United Kingdom 2019) BBC/Joe Giacomet
Michael Rice will represent the United Kingdom at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Bigger Than Us’. He will perform in the Grand Final on Saturday 18 May in Tel Aviv, Israel. This is 'Ticket to Tel Aviv', our feature counting down to the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

Michael Rice got his ticket to Tel Aviv when he won ‘Eurovision: You Decide’, the United Kingdom’s national selection show to pick the country’s Eurovision Song Contest entry. The final took place on Friday 8 February with 3 songs each being performed by 2 different acts. The judging panel then picked their favourite of the 2 versions before the public picked the winning song. Michael Rice was declared the winner.

Who is Michael Rice?

Michael Rice has already won 2 televised music competitions and will be hoping that it is third time lucky at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Michael won a prize of £50,000 by winning the ’All Together Now’ singing competition in 2018, and used most of his prize money to help his mum open her The Waffle and Crepe Shack in his home town of Hartlepool in North-East England. He returned to British tv screens to win ‘Eurovision: You Decide’ earlier this year.

READ MORE: Michael Rice’s participant profile.

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Michael Rice’s song 

Michael Rice will sing Bigger Than Us at the Eurovision Song Contest. The song is written and composed by Laurell Barker, Anna-Klara Folin, Jonas Thander and John Lundvik, whose name you might recognise because he will be singing for Sweden in Tel Aviv.

LISTEN: Stream or download Bigger Than Us via your favourite music service

The United Kingdom at Eurovision 2018

Last year in Lisbon, the United Kingdom was represented by SuRie with her pop anthem Storm. SuRie’s performance was interrupted, but she finished her performance and chose not to perform again after giving her all in a performance the delegation were extremely proud of. She finished in 24th place with 48 points.

READ MORE: The United Kingdom’s country page.

How do you like Michael Rice’s song for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest? Let us know in the comments!