United Kingdom 2019 🇬🇧 Michael Rice to Tel Aviv
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
UNITED KINGDOM – Michael is the sole musical talent within his family of five, a talent that has helped him overcome some tough challenges growing up. He taught himself to play piano from YouTube videos after his Mum bought him a keyboard but was forced to curtail his love of performing after being bullied at school for singing.
“My version of Bigger Than Us is such an epic, big song with a big key change and harmonies, and I think the lyrics resonate with everyone”
He came to the attention of the public after a busking video of him singing a Years & Years song amassed over a quarter of a million views. Michael credits his Nana with helping make this happen as she accompanied him where ever he went.
That YouTube video led him to audition for, and eventually win the BBC One Entertainment show All Together Now. He gave his mum the majority of the £50k prize fund to invest in her waffle and crepe business in Hartlepool. Michael’s performance in the final prompted 94 out of the 100 judges to take to their feet, including Spice Girl Geri Halliwell.
An enthusiastic advocate for anti-bullying, he recorded a single in support of the movement titled Bruised with CeCe Sammy and Ben Ofoedu of the group Phats and Small and toured the UK promoting it. Michael has visited many schools throughout the UK to speak on the subject.
Michael always watched Eurovision while growing up and believes it’s a brilliant platform for countries to showcase their music. His favourite winners have been Salvador Sobral and Måns Zelmerlöw.