It’s been a long wait. But the United Kingdom’s Michael Rice has finally dropped a music video for his Eurovision 2019 entry “Bigger Than Us”.
He first announced the video after his performance at last Sunday’s London Eurovision Party, delighting fans who feared a video wasn’t happening. However, the day has arrived.
Michael Rice “Bigger Than Us” (Official Music Video)
The clip starts with a huge shot of Michael walking across some plains at dusk before we become emerged in the narrative. A young girl starts at a new school and sits next to a boy (played by Michael’s actual brother, aww!). Later at lunchtime, all the other kids have someone to play with, except her. She sits alone.
We then move to a scene where the children are learning about space at school, something she and young-Michael connect over. They fast become best friends and bond over astronauts, stars and planets. It’s very cute and wholesome. However, it soon gets rather sad.
The girl’s parents come to pick her up. They happen to be two dads. They are chatting with her and the boy, when his parent’s turn up. They start shouting at her parents. It’s assumed at this point they don’t agree with the LGBT+ parenting and want to keep the boy away from them. Not cool.
Not able to play with each other, the two children cook up a plan. Once they go to bed, they sneak out and meet at the observatory to look at the stars. When their respective parents realise they aren’t in bed a mad panic ensues. The girl’s parents find them at the observatory first. His mum and dad then arrive and thank her parents — completing the circle of the story arc.
The music video was produced by Laurell Barker — one of the co-writers on “Bigger Than Us”. It was directed, shot, and edited by Tim Langley. The storyline was a joint effort based on Laurell’s concept but tweaked by Michael, Tim, and Frazer Mac. Frazer worked with Laurell on Switzerland’s entry “She Got Me” and also plays one of the video’s gay dads.
Something different for The UK
This is a story-based video, something the United Kingdom hasn’t delivered in well over a decade. Usually, the videos are based on nice camera angles and effects with no backstory. For example, last year, whilst SuRie rocked some incredible fringing, there wasn’t much reference to the actual song (other than some serious optimism on the face of our heroine). Lucie Jones had an artistic clip with her among the stars, and Joe & Jake brought concert vibes to a warehouse.
The change in tactics could be to do with the BBC’s new delegation team. Or it could be sheer faith in Michael’s abilities to get the UK its best result for a long time. After all, unless Michael gets a top ten result, the best result of the 2010s will be Blue’s 11th place way back in 2011.
Michael Rice staging at Eurovision 2019
The BBC has a habit of translating the essence of its music videos onto the Eurovision stage. So could we see something from this video in Michael’s Tel Aviv staging? Examples of late are the purple lighting, drummers and a gig-vibe from Joe & Jake making an appearance on stage at Stockholm, Lucie’s stars being the sole focus of that rather magnificent show in Kyiv (albeit much better quality at the contest), and even SuRie’s video had diamond shapes behind her in her video. You can see these comparisons here:
Either way, we really can’t wait to see what the BBC team come up with for “Bigger Than Us”. Michael has said previously there won’t be any pyro, so this does leave the mind wondering what it actually will be as a large pyro curtain was the obvious shout. Maybe the kids will enact their story on stage, much like Ireland’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy did very successfully last year in Lisbon? Or maybe the UK has an entirely new trick up its sleeve?
What do you think of Michael’s music video? Did the story make your heart absolutely melt? Let us know what you think in the comments below.