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United Kingdom: Michael Rice – Bigger Than Us

The BBC's You Decide! national final has yielded a result with Michael Rice winning the public vote with the song Bigger Than Us. The public really did face a Hobson's choice in that none of the songs stand a chance of overturning the UK's recent run of form. The same outcome would have been guaranteed regardless which song and artist combination was selected. Michael has a stonking vocal, but as winners of The Voice UK have found, there's more to an artist than a great voice. One has to be capable of convincing people to vote for you over the…
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Duller Than Us

Michael has a stonking vocal, but as winners of The Voice UK have found, there's more to an artist than a great voice

User Rating: 1.64 ( 13 votes)

The BBC’s You Decide! national final has yielded a result with Michael Rice winning the public vote with the song Bigger Than Us.

The public really did face a Hobson’s choice in that none of the songs stand a chance of overturning the UK’s recent run of form. The same outcome would have been guaranteed regardless which song and artist combination was selected.

Michael has a stonking vocal, but as winners of The Voice UK have found, there’s more to an artist than a great voice. One has to be capable of convincing people to vote for you over the other guys. Michael did that in a low-grade TV karaoke show and a mediocre national final; however, at Eurovision he’ll be up against real performers who are capable of reaching through the TV screen and grabbing you by the short and curlies.

What I noticed was quickly picked up by Rylan, who unlike his fellow judges, knows Michael’s charisma deficit outweighs any positives earned by his excellent vocal ability. Viewers – and judges – need to feel your song. They need to see you mean every word. Michael was flailing his arms around like he was swatting flies. He was singing, but not performing; as is typical with so many reality TV singers nowadays.

The staging mood was just right. I don’t even think the BBC needs to change the song. But if I was in control of Michael’s schedule over the next few months I would send him to performing arts school once a week along with some time with a confidence coach to improve his stage presence. Until this weakness is resolved, any wild dreams of him doing well with the juries is, to be frank, for the fairies.

20th or worse beckons barring a drastic improvement in Michael’s ability to sell the song.

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6 comments

  1. Every song utter rubbish,every “artist” a cardboard cutout (apart from Holly who has a bit of talent) and the entire show a dated parody.Nothing about the way the BBC selects has any credibility.The UK has hugely talented artists in many genres.For instance the folk scene has fantastic artists right now.The left wing idiots at the BBC dont care about that though and cant get anyone involved outside of desperate talent show undertakers dummies.Roll on ESC for the usual Europe hates us/Brexit crap.As for Michael,he can sing but isnt an artist and has zero future in the industry.Pub singer at best.Song is a shocker as well of course.
    Im glad i stopped paying for my BBC tax and the Capita drones get short thrift when they send their demands.Id never help fund this horror.

  2. Gav, I agree with every word of your review. The UK is a lost cause again this year, even if Michael learns the importance of stillness when performing.

  3. 23rd or lower.

    Needs to control those hands.

    Goodness. The depths we plough.

  4. Yeah don’t have much to add to the general sentiment. It’s just all so dull, I’ve seen bricks with more charisma than this guy whilst the song is nothing more than album filler. What’s sad is this was the best choice as at least some juries might rescue this from last place. Might. On a good night. Almost certain bottom 5.

  5. Its another Joe and Jake. Half decent song and can sing, which is a positive, but no stage presence at all and leaps around waving his hands playing to the audience rather than the millions watching on TV.

    There is something to work with, and if the performance and staging can be improved massively then there may be a few jury votes and avoid bottom 5. Look at Austria last year. Needs something memorable in the staging and some real emotion from the lad. (Germany last year??)

    Its the BBC, cant say I’m hopeful

  6. Why can we not be boring? Oh well.

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