Michael Rice – the UK’s Eurovision 2019 entry – dropped the F-bomb as he broke his silence on coming last in the competition in view of his 25,000 Instagram followers. The singer said “we absolutely f***ing smashed it”, despite only taking home 16 points following both a public vote and the international jury vote. The 21-year-old remained positive in the upload, sharing a couple of snaps with fans, saying he felt “so happy”. The Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence won the crown with his song Arcade, scoring a staggering 492 points.
Michael spoke out, saying: “We absolutely f***ing smashed it last night, regardless of the result! I’m so happy!!!
“We have worked so hard everyday for the past four months solid, I’ve made memories for a lifetime that I will treasure & made some really good friends from this & most importantly have the best family around me!”
He said he “put everything” into the final performance and had had “so much fun on that stage” in Tel Aviv.
Michael continued: “There’s still a lot more to come – TEAM WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK let’s keep climbing that chart we are number 16!!!
“This has been a dream come true @bbceurovision @eurovision @unapologetically_chin @sahlene @lindapritchard @melaniewehbe @destazionwilsonvocals.”
He had initially commented on his Instagram story, writing: “Just want to say thank you for all the amazing messages of support!
“Me and my team have smashed this whole entire journey and I’m just so proud!!… This is just the start.”
Michael signed off saying “thank you for believing in me”.
The Hartlepool native sang Bigger Than Us at the Expo Tel Aviv venue against a backdrop of a starry night sky and comets.
The public votes made up 50 per cent of the total vote, with the other half determined by the professional jury in each participating country.
The UK has not won Eurovision in 22 years or finished in the top 10 in the past decade.
Prospects of a British victory were bleak – both Coral and Ladbrokes gave Michael a 150/1 chance of taking the title.
He performed 16th, after Norway and before Iceland – whose techno-punk outfit Hatari were a favourite to win.
The finale was watched by a peak of 8.1 million viewers and an average of 7 million, according to the BBC.
Italy’s Mahmood came second with 465 points while Russia’ Sergey Lazarev was third with 369.
Malta’s Michela Pace opened the show with her song Chameleon, dancing in front of shifting graphics showing an urban landscape.