Who will be the UK’s entry at Eurovision 2019?

All Together Now's Michael Rice has triumphed in the Eurovision: You Decide selection process

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Eurovision 2019 is only a few months away, and the UK’s entry for the competition has been chosen.

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After a very different Eurovision: You Decide selection process, which featured just three songs, sung by six different acts, All Together Now winner Michael Rice got through the judges’ round to the final three, where he beat Kerrie-Anne and Jordan Clarke to take a place in the Eurovision final.

Now, Rice will go on to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel this May.


Who will be the UK’s Eurovision 2019 entry?

Michael Rice – Bigger Than Us

Song written by Laurell Barker, Anna-Klara Folin, John Lundvik and Jonas Thander

Who is Michael Rice? A former busker from Hartlepool, who won last year’s BBC talent show All Together Now with a rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

Check out his final performance on the show below.

He says: “My version of Bigger Than Us is such an epic, big song with a big key change and harmonies, and I think the lyrics resonate with everyone”

After triumphing in the You Decide selection process, he added: “I never in a million years thought I’d get the chance to do this experience, never mind win it.

“I’m really grateful for all my supporters out there who voted for me, and who’ve been there for me along this journey. Let’s do it! Let’s go to Tel Aviv and try and bring it home for us.”


When will Michael Rice perform in the Eurovision final?

Along with the other “Big Five” countries (France, Germany, Italy, and Spain) and host nation Israel, the UK skips the earlier rounds of the contest to head straight into the final of the Eurovision song contest, which takes place on Saturday 18th May 2019.


Who were the other contenders?

Five other wannabe UK Eurovision entrants took part in the competition with Rice, one of whom was singing the same song as him…

Holly Tandy – Bigger Than Us 

Song written by Laurell Barker, Anna-Klara Folin, John Lundvik and Jonas Thander

Who is Holly Tandy? An X Factor 2017 quarter-finalist from Barnsley. She was eliminated in week 4 of the live shows after performing Ariana Grande’s Love Me Harder. She has kept a relatively low profile since leaving the show – but made her theatrical debut as Dorothy in the Blackpool Winter Garden production of Wizard of Oz last year.

She says: “My version of Bigger Than Us is a country pop song which is really current and cool, and similar to a Taylor Swift/Miley Cyrus vibe”


Jordan Clarke – Freaks 

Song written by Jon Maguire, Rick Parkhouse, Corey Sanders and George Tizzard

Who is Jordan Clarke? A 24-year-old Essex-born singer/songwriter, best known for an appearance on Britain’s Got Talent in 2013 as a member of The Luminites. Their audition video was viewed 13 million times on YouTube, and they went on to reach the final.

He says: “To represent my country at Eurovision would mean so much. It’s like representing England at the World Cup if you’re a footballer. This is my World Cup – I’m so excited!”


MAID – Freaks

Song written by Jon Maguire, Rick Parkhouse, Corey Sanders and George Tizzard

Who are MAID? A pop group made up of classically-trained musicians Miracle (24), Blythe (26) and Kat (27), from Edinburgh, Devon and Bristol respectively.

They describe their musical style as in the vein of Billie Eilish (a 17-year-old popstar), and they are currently at work on their first EP.

They say: “Freaks is about celebrating everyone’s individual personality, about the people who maybe don’t fit in and it’s about bringing everyone together”


Kerrie-Anne – Sweet Lies

Song written by Maria Broberg, Lise Cabble and Esben Svane

Who is Kerrie-Ann? A 32-year-old former teacher, who started to hone her singing skills while working in Dubai. She cites ABBA as her favourite Eurovision act ever.

She says: “The style of my song is up-tempo but at the same time the lyrics are quite poignant – it’s all about blissful ignorance. You know something is drastically wrong with your relationship but you choose to ignore those signs because you love that person”


Anisa – Sweet Lies

Song written by Maria Broberg, Lise Cabble and Esben Svane

Who is Anisa? A Manchester-born songwriter who has co-written songs for Ariana Grande and Eurovision alumni and Sweden’s platinum selling artist Fran. She was also named as one of the BBC Asian Network’s Future Sounds in 2016.

Eurovision: You Decide will mark the first time she has performed a song that she did not write herself.

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She says: “Sweet Lies is about being in a situation in life and taking the good with the bad, about being vulnerable and diving in head first”