Sophie Ellis-Bextor will no longer be a member of the United Kingdom’s jury at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
The BBC revealed yesterday evening that singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor is no longer a part of the United Kingdom’s jury for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. In a tweet the broadcaster said:
Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, Sophie Ellis-Bextor will no longer be able to be part of the UK Eurovision jury and will be replaced in due course.
Sophie’s replacement is expected to be announced later today as the United Kingdom will be voting in the jury show for Semi-Final Two this evening in Tel Aviv.
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.