He won the show All Together Now in January last year.
And now, Michael Rice is one of the six in the running to represent the United Kingdom in Eurovision’s Grand Final in May.
Speaking to our very own Chris, you can see the young singer has the desire to represent his country on the big stage in Tel Aviv:
“I would have never thought, like, to go from my work at McDonalds, to winning All Together Now, which is a great show, to be even standing here in the final six to be competing to go to Eurovision, it’s crazy.”
“Honestly, I wasn’t expecting how this would feel. Like, I was yesterday night knowing the song was coming out the next day, and when it came out everyone was calling me. It’s actually a really good song, and I am really proud to sing it with this amazing team.”
It is pretty clear that the match between Michael and “Bigger Than Us” was instantaneous, with Michael playing to the song’s unique qualities. “When I first originally heard the demo, I immediately fell in love. I think it’s different to what we had the previous years. I think especially this year is the most important time; we need a song that shows the world what we care about and we love, we need that big powerful song to prove that.”
To recap how this selection would work, Michael would have to duel against Holly Tandy’s own version of “Bigger than Us”, to advance to the final stage. Nevertheless, the “All Together Now” winner has nothing but praise for his fellow competitor. “I have heard Holly’s version and it’s phenomenal. As one of Holly’s biggest fans, I’m just so happy to be up against Holly, and I think both tracks turned out to be really different in their own ways.”
And we’ll find out just how that plays out very soon: Eurovision: You Decide is tonight, on February 8 in Manchester.
As a final message to the Wiwiwbloggs readers, Michael expresses his gratitude that he has this chance to represent the UK and he’s up and ready for the big day, with utmost excitement for his attempt to go to Eurovision.
What do you think of Michael’s version of “Bigger Than Us”? Does he have what it takes to take it all in Eurovision: You Decide? Let us know in the comments below!