“Bigger Than Us” which will represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, was originally intended for Melodifestivalen the Swedish selection process.
“Bigger Than Us” which will be performed by Michael Rice at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, was originally written for Melodifestivalen. The song according to Aftonbladet was written as part of a songwriting camp organised by Warner Music for Melodifestivalen.
The song was written and composed by Laurell Barker, Anna-Klara Folin, John Lundvik, Jonas Thander. One member of the songwriting team is no stranger to the UK’s selection with Laurell Barker having had songs in the UK’s selection for the past three years. John Lundvik competed in Melifestivalen 2018 with the song “My Turn”, he finished third in the final last year.
You can watch how the song was created, as well as the original version of the song with John Lundvik’s vocals below.
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Who is Michael Rice?
Michael Rice from Hartlepool, will represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. He first came to the public attention when he participated in the X Factor in 2014, but was eliminated after the Bootcamp stage.
He returned to television screens in 2018 when he participated in the BBC series ‘All Together Now’. The show sees performers attempt to convince 100 judges to sing along with them. He was crowned the winner of the first series.
The United Kingdom debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 and holds the record for the most consecutive appearances in the contest. To date the UK has won the contest a total of five times, with their first victory coming in 1967 and their latest in 1997. The UK holds the record for the most second place finishes in the contest, having been runner-up a total of 15 times. Since 2000 the UK has finished within the top 10 only twice, this being in 2002 with Jessica Garlick and in 2009 with Jade Ewen.