Eurovision 2019: Favourite to represent the UK revealed

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The favourite to represent UK in Eurovision 2019 has been revealed ahead of this evening's decision show.

The BBC last month confirmed the names of the six acts and songs on the contestants' shortlist to become the UK Eurovision entry 2019.

They will take to the Eurovision: You Decide stage tonight (February 8) at 7:30PM on BBC Two to compete for the honour of representing the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

This year there is a slight twist: There are six contenders but only three songs. Each song is performed by two different acts in "musically different ways".

Ahead of tonight's show, the bookies favourite is Michael Rice with Bigger Than Us. The Hartlepool busker won the BBC’s All Together Now last year, and is 5/4 best price, with some bookies going as short as evens, according to Oddschecker

Kerrie-Anne is second favourite, with her up-tempo track Sweet Lies. She is a 5/2 shot, with Jordan Clarke (a former Britain’s Got Talent contestant with The Luminites) completing the top three at 6/1.

Since the market has been created, 45% of bets have gone on Rice to win the contest, more than any other act.

Whoever wins will be hoping to break the UK’s 22-year hoodoo, with Dana International the winning act in 1997.

Since then, a second and third place finish has been achieved, as well as the dreaded Nul points in 2003.

Oddschecker spokesman George Elek: “The fact that Michael Rice is already a familiar face to talent show viewers could well swing the vote in his favour, with his song having a definite Eurovision feel.

"At 21, he would be the UK’s youngest male Eurovision entrant this century.”

Eurovision 2019: You Decide airs at 7:30PM on BBC Two at February 8.

Presented by Mel Giedroyc and Måns Zelmerlöw, BBC Music’s Eurovision: You Decide will be broadcast live from Dock10, MediaCity UK in Salford as the show comes to the North West of England for the very first time.

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