Review: Michael Rice - Bigger Than Us - United Kingdom

Event: Eurovision 2019  Category: Eurovision  Published: Tue 23rd Apr 2019 20:20
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1 Day YouTube Views: 42,501
1 Day YouTube Likes: 2,844

After Surie's "Storm" hit major headwinds at Eurovision 2018 (despite the possibility of a little sympathy after the stage-invasion). Michael Rice steps up to the plate to represent the United Kingdom in 2019 with "Bigger Than Us", a rehashed version of the same uplifting, key-change, vocalisation generic-fest that we send every year.

Let's start with the positives - Rice won the first series of the BBC's "All Together Now" competition with an estimated audience of around half-a-dozen people, his performances to date however, have demonstrated that this was merited, he's an excellent vocalist. It does at least suggest that the United Kingdom could be saved another humiliation by the generosity of the jury votes on the basis of his voice.

As a song, it's perfect for the person who wants to hear the word "Bigger" 38 times in 3 minutes and 22 seconds (that averages as a "Bigger" every 5.3 seconds). To be serious though, in what is shaping up to be quite a decent-quality, arguably a little more open Eurovision year, "Bigger Than Us" doesn't provide the audience with anything new musically - or in a superior format, such as Sweden's offering.

The stats don't paint a much more promising picture, low social media follower stats, low YouTube stats, nothing too out of the ordinary on iTunes stats. As one of the Big 5, the United Kingdom doesn't need to concern itself with semi-final qualification, which is a blessing every year it seems. If the juries look kindly on the UK performance, we could perhaps see a decent boost from them, however the televote will absolutely decimate this entry. We'd be surprised to see "Bigger Than Us" do better than 18th place on the night.

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