Coming in at last place is officially not the worst thing to have happened to the UK’s 2019 Eurovision Song Contest entrant Michael Rice.
- The UK came 26th out of 26 countries at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest
- Singer Michael Rice has since said he “always knew [he] was going to come in this position because of Brexit”
- The UK’s scores were adjusted after the Belarusian jury was dismissed
Adding insult to injury, the Bigger Than Us singer has had his score adjusted following a voting error — lowering it by five points from the 16 he received at Saturday’s grand final, to 11.
The contest’s winner and the three runner-ups remain unchanged, with Duncan Laurence still taking home the gold for the Netherlands.
Meanwhile, Australian representative Kate Miller-Heidke’s score changed by one point, dropping from 285 to 284 points.
After the Belarusian jury was dismissed from the contest for revealing its votes for the semi-final — breaking contest rules in the process — Eurovision chiefs created a substitute aggregated result based on the results of other countries with similar voting records.
However, the Eurovision Broadcasting Union (EBU) has since confirmed that “due to a human error, an incorrect aggregated result was used” in this process.
The EBU explained in a statement published on the Eurovision Song Contest website: “This [process] had no impact on the calculation of points derived from televoting across the 41 participating countries and the overall winner and top four songs of the contest remain unchanged.
“[But] to respect both the artists and EBU members which took part, we wish to correct the final results in accordance with the rules.”
After the grand final in Tel Aviv, Israel, Rice told The Sun he had expected to lose going into the song contest: “I always knew I was going to come in this position because of Brexit”.
“Do you know what? If it was Gary Barlow or Elton John, they still probably would have come last too.
“I’ve still had so much fun and I’ve not once doubted my talent or my singing.”
The UK has not won the song contest since 1997.