Yesterday, the BBC announced the six acts that will be taking part in a re-formatted version of Eurovision: You Decide. We also got to hear the songs, alongside biographies for each of the artists competing for the British ticket to Tel Aviv.
At the BBC’s Eurovision: You Decide press event, ESCXTRA’s Oliver Lewis spoke to one of the hopefuls, Michael Rice, about his entry “Bigger than Us”. Last year, he won the inaugural series of the BBC’s All Together Now. In this interview, the 21-year-old spoke about his admiration for Salvador Sobral, his emotional connection to “Bigger than Us” and his go-to karaoke songs!
The United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Michael will be battling Holly Tandy (also singing “Bigger than Us”) at the final of Eurovision: You Decide 2019, which will take place on February 8th. Eurovision 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw and Mel Giedroyc will return as hosts.
In this new format, there are three songs, each sang by two acts, who will ‘battle’ head-to-head in order to advance to the final stage. In this final stage, an expert jury and televote will select the UK’s Eurovision entrant!
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