‘Game time’ for UK Eurovision hopeful

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Media captionEurovision 2019: UK entry Michael Rice says it’s about duration we had a decent song

As the final nears, UK Eurovision hopeful Michael Rice talks betting odds, boxing gloves … and why he’s “sick” of Brexit.

The last few months have been “a whirlwind of emotions” for Michael Rice, the 21 -year-old singer from Hartlepool who was chosen in February to represent the UK at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

His promotional offices have taken him from Spain and the Netherlands to Croatia and Russia, with a brief visit to Israel to film the “postcard” video that will precede his accomplishment on Saturday.

His hectic planned has wiped him from The Graham Norton Show on BBC One to Lorraine Kelly’s on ITV, with plentiful looks, interviews and photo ops in between.

But with the big-hearted nighttime in sight there’s no more time for gadding about. “It’s game time, ” he tells the BBC. “I’ve got my game face on, and I’m ready to go out and give the best performance.