Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
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
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.
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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.