This Artist 101 guide contains everything you need to know about the United Kingdom’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Michael Rice.
Who is Michael Rice?
Michael Rice is a British singer-songwriter who won the UK’s national selection show Eurovision: You Decide and will be representing the United Kingdom at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel with his song “Bigger Than Us”.
Growing up in Hartlepool, Michael was always singing and dancing, and also took part in a few musicals at school. However, he took a little break from performing arts when he was bullied. He spent a few years working at McDonalds and busking on weekends. Nevertheless, he later continued pursuing his dreams, competing in the eleventh series of The X-Factor when he was 16. He was eliminated following the Bootcamp stage, but in 2018, he finally found success, winning the first series of BBC One’s All Together Now.
He really supports people who are being bullied, and so, he contributed backing vocals to an anti-bullying single “Bruised” released by CeCe Sammy and Ben Ofoedu of the group Phats and Small.
When is his birthday?
Michael’s birthday is on October 25, 1997.
What is his most popular song?
To date, his competing entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest “Bigger Than Us” is Michael’s most popular number.
“Bigger Than Us” was written by Laurell Barker, Anna-Klara Folin, John Lundvik and Jonas Thander, and according to the singer, “it’s about love, coming together, and it’s a really powerful song that you can just connect with”.