In the United Kingdom, 120,000 more viewers tuned in for Semi-Final One on Tuesday evening than did for the same show in 2018.
A total of 600,000 viewers tuned into Semi-Final One of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 on BBC Four. This is an increase of 120,000 viewers over the same show in 2018. Overall the viewing figures recorded for the first Semi-Final are the third highest that have been recorded for any Semi-Final that the BBC has broadcast to date.
The United Kingdom will be voting in Semi-Final Two of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, which takes place this evening in Tel Aviv, Israel.
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.