UK Eurovision entry Michael Rice insists he can win, despite the odds

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Michael Rice says he's confident its possible to win Eurovision for the UK.

Michael was chosen to represent to the UK at Eurovision 2019 earlier this month.

He is no stranger to singing talent shows: Michael previously auditioned for The X Factor in 2014 and last year, he became the first winner of BBC One's singing show All Together Now.

During BBC's You Decide show, Michael and his song Bigger Than Us, written by Laurell Barker, Anna-Klara Folin, John Lundvik and Jonas Thander, were voted for by viewers to head to Tel Aviv in May.

Michael said about his song: "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."

And although the odds are stacked against him, Michael is confident it's at least possible in theory for him to do well.

He said: "I believe in this song 100%. It might just be a ballad but that song's got a big message and I can't wait to perform it and show the rest of the world what this song's all about.

"I think you have to be positive when it comes to stuff like this. Some people do take the mickey out of it and these other countries really do take it seriously."

He added: "We might have lost loads of times, but I think, why couldn't it change? Why can't we make this different? We've got the best music industry - Adele, Sam Smith, The Beatles - why can't we send someone and hope for the best?"

In an interview with the BBC, Michael also approached the tricky subject of Brexit. When Eurovision takes place, the UK will have left the EU.

"I'm not really into politics and stuff because I just don't have a clue about it," admitted Michael. "It's a singing competition and I'm just thinking, work hard and get the best result and hopefully turn a few heads and see if we can get a better score."

Eurovision 2019 will take place in May, airing on BBC One in the UK.

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