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Live in Tel Aviv, Israel for Eurovision 2019

Ken is live in Tel Aviv, Israel for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. He's chatting to Michael Rice - the UK's entry to this year's competition.

Ken broadcasts live from Tel Aviv, Israel ahead of the sixty-fourth Eurovision Song Contest. He's chatting to Michael Rice - the UK's entry to this year's competition. Plus Ken also looks ahead to some of the songs tipped to score the big points in the final with broadcaster, journalist and self-confessed Eurovision super fan Paddy O'Connell. Måns Zelmerlöw, who won the contest in 2015 for Sweden, drops in to see Ken and talk about taking part in the interval for this year's Grand Final. Måns is performing as part of a section the organisers are calling 'Switch Song' in which Conchita Wurst will sing Måns Zelmerlöw's Heroes, Måns will sing Eleni Foureira’s Fuego, Eleni will sing Verka Serduchka’s Dancing Lasha Tumbai and Verka will sing Netta's Toy.

Michael Rice grew up in Hartlepool and in 2018 he won the BBC’s singing competition All Together Now, and in the final got 94 of the 100 judges, including Geri Halliwell, up on their feet to win the show. He spent most of his £50,000 prize money opening his own dessert business in Hartlepool and also took his family on holiday. His favourite winners of the Eurovision Song Contest recently have been Måns Zelmerlöw and Salvador Sobral. The UK song entry ‘Bigger Than Us’ which Michael will be singing was written by Jonas Thander, Anna-Klara Folin, John Lundvik and Laurell Barker.
41 countries are taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019, with Bulgaria absent for the first time since 2015 and Ukraine also pulling out. The contest will take place in Israel for the third time; they have previously hosted the event in 1979 and 1999. They declined to host the competition in 1980 after winning for a second time in a row. In 2018, Netta won the final with her song ‘Toy’ in Lisbon, Portugal.

Ken also has another round of the PopMaster music quiz and if you want to contact the show, just email - ken.bruce@bbc.co.uk

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Madonna

    Future (feat. Quavo)

    • Madame X.
    • Interscope.
  • George Benson

    Lady Love Me (One More Time)

    • George Benson - The Very Best Of.
    • Warner E.S.P..
    • 4.
  • Mark Ronson

    Late Night Feelings (feat. Lykke Li)

    • Late Night Feelings.
    • Columbia.
  • Spandau Ballet

    This Is The Love

    • The Very Best Of Spandau Ballet - The Story.
    • Rhino.
  • ZZ Top

    Gimme All Your Lovin'

    • Top Gear 2 - Various Artists.
    • Columbia.
  • Michael Rice

    Bigger Than Us

    • Eurovision Song Contest Tel Aviv 2019 ‎ (Various Artists).
    • Universal Music Group.
  • Atlantic Starr

    Always

    • Soul (Various Artists).
    • Polygram Tv.
  • Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber

    I Don't Care

    • (CD Single).
    • Atlantic.
  • Conchita

    Rise Like a Phoenix

    • Eurovision Song Contest 2014.
    • Universal Music.
    • 3.
  • Spice Girls

    Wannabe

    • Bad Girls (Various Artists).
    • Sony Music TV.
  • Tom Odell

    Summer Day

    • MoominsValley O.S.T. (Various Artists).
    • Columbia.
  • Wham!

    The Edge Of Heaven

    • Wham - The Best Of Wham!.
    • Epic.
  • Måns Zelmerlöw

    Heroes

    • (CD Single).
    • WEA.
    • 018.
  • Vampire Weekend

    This Life

    • Father Of The Bride.
    • Columbia.
  • David Grant & Jaki Graham

    Could It Be I'm Falling In Love

    • Duets - 36 Of The World's Greatest Ev.
    • Telstar.
  • Ten Tonnes

    Lucy

    • Ten Tonnes.
    • Warner Bros.
    • 1.
  • Culture Club

    It's A Miracle

    • Culture Club - Greatest Moments.
    • Virgin.
  • Kylie Minogue

    New York City

    • Step Back In Time: The Definitive Collection.
    • BMG.
  • Faith Hill

    The Way You Love Me (Love To Infinity Edit)

    • (CD Single).
    • Warner Bros..
  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

    Black Star Dancing

    • Black Star Dancing EP.
    • Sour Mash Records.
    • 1.

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