Saturday 19 October 2019

UK’s Eurovision entry has score lowered by five points

Michael Rice’s Bigger Than Us picked up 11 points, not 16, organisers said.

Michael Rice’s song Bigger Than Us picked up 11 points (Isabel Infantes/PA)
Michael Rice’s song Bigger Than Us picked up 11 points (Isabel Infantes/PA)

By Keiran Southern, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

The UK’s bottom-placed Eurovision Song Contest entry has had its score lowered by five points after organisers made an error while calculating the totals.

Organisers said Michael Rice’s song Bigger Than Us picked up 11 points from Saturday’s finale, rather than 16 as originally stated.

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Singer Michael Rice finished bottom in the Eurovision Song Contest (Isabel Infantes/PA)

The error came about when an incorrect calculation was used to create a substitute score after the Belarussian jury was dismissed, the Eurovision Broadcasting Union said.

In a statement, it blamed “human error” for the mistake and said it “deeply regrets” the error.

Eurovision’s top four – including winner Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands – remained unchanged.

Laurence’s song Arcade gained six points, bringing it to a total of 498 points. Norway had points deducted and dropped to sixth from fifth.

Belarus’ jury was dismissed after its semi-final votes were publicly revealed, breaking contest rules.

Despite finishing in 26th place, Hartlepool-born Rice said he enjoyed his experience.

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