Tel Aviv 2019

Michael Rice on his You Decide entry: ‘I instantly connected with it’

We chat to the young Eurovision hopeful about his entry, alongside his go-to karaoke songs and his love for Salvador Sobral!

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!

Michael Rice speaks to ESCXTRA

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!

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, where we will be posting more interviews with this year’s Eurovision hopefuls in the run-up to Tel Aviv!

Are you rooting for Michael in this year’s You Decide? Let us know! Be sure to follow @ESCXTRA on Twitter and like our Facebook page for the latest updates!

Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.
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