Michael Rice has won Eurovision: You Decide 2019 and will represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song “Bigger Than Us”.
Eurovision: You Decide was hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Måns Zelmerlöw, and took place in Media City UK in Salford. During the show, there were guest performances from SuRie, last year’s British representative, Netta, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 and a medley featuring The Fizz and Katrina Leskanich, both former Eurovision winners for the United Kingdom.
The winner was chosen over two rounds of voting. In the first round, the expert panel determined which three acts and version of each song went forward to face the public vote. In the end, it was Michael Rice who was victorious.
The members of the panel were:
- Rylan – former X Factor contest, TV presenter and commentator for the BBC in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals.
- Marvin Humes – radio DJ and producer who is best known for being part of the boy-band, JLS. Previously, his wife Rochelle Humes has formed part of the panel of You Decide.
- Mollie King – famous as part of girl-band The Saturdays, she has also been a contestant on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and is now a Radio 1 DJ.
The results of the Song-Off was as follows (winners in bold):
- “Sweet Lies” – Kerrie-Anne v Anisa
- “Freaks” – Jordan Clarke v Maid
- “Bigger Than Us” – Michael Rice v Holly Tandy
After the panel made their decision in the Song-Off, the final three acts performed one more time before the voting lines opened. The public then chose the song to represent the United Kingdom in Tel Aviv.
The United Kingdom was represented by SuRie at the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal. With her song “Storm”, she placed 24th in the Grand Final. “Storm” entered the Official Singles Charts in the United Kingdom at No.50, becoming the highest charting entry from the nation in four years.