Former Talent Show winner favourite to represent UK in Eurovision 2019

Former Talent Show winner favourite to represent UK in Eurovision 2019

The UK hasn't won the famous contest in the 21st century.

The BBC will screen Eurovision: You Decide on Friday 8th February as viewers will vote for their choice to represent the UK in the singing extravaganza in Tel Aviv this May.  

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.

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 Katrina and The Waves 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.

The UK are 33/1 to win outright, with Russia the hot favourites at 4/1.

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.”