The UK's Eurovision Song Contest entry has had its score lowered

Albertina Lloyd
Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
Michael Rice performing during the filming for the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks 6 Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening.

The Eurovision Song Contest have lowered the score for the UK’s Michael Rice, despite being placed last.

The scores for the contest - which saw the Netherlands Duncan Laurence crowned the winner with his song Arcade - have had to be revised due to the disqualification of the Belarusian jury for breaking the rules.

Rice was placed in 26th place at the competition in Tel Aviv, Israel on Saturday night after scoring just 16 points, 3 of which came from the public vote.

But the score for his song Bigger Than Us has now been lowered by five points to just 11 following the recalculation.

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The scores awarded for the final performances by the Belarusian jury were not counted after their first semi-final votes were revealed, in breach of the rules.

The Eurovision Broadcast Union said it calculated a "substitute aggregated result" based on the results of other countries with similar voting records to determine the Belarusian jury scores for the final. But, "due to a human error an incorrect aggregated result was used".

It added: "The EBU and its partners... deeply regret that this error was not identified earlier and will review the processes and controls in place to prevent this from happening again."

Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands celebrates with the trophy during a press conference after winning the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest grand final with the song "Arcade" in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

The countries which finished in the first four places remain unchanged and the Netherlands is still the winner, actually gaining another six points under the recalculation, taking his total to 498 points.

Italy, Russia and Switzerland made up the top four, all gaining extra points.

Norway fell from fifth to sixth place.

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Rice, 21, has blamed Brexit as the reason the UK was placed last.

He said: “I always knew I was going to come in this position because of Brexit.

“Do you know what? If it was Gary Barlow or Elton John, they still probably would have come last, too.”

Iceland’s could face punished after displaying Palestinian flags during the live song contest.

In a statement, Eurovision said the “consequences of this action” will be discussed by the contest’s executive board.

It said: “In the live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final, Hatari, the Icelandic act, briefly displayed small Palestinian banners whilst sat in the Green Room.

“The Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political event and this directly contradicts the Contest rules. The banners were quickly removed and the consequences of this action will be discussed by the Reference Group (the Contest’s executive board) after the Contest.”

Madonna - who performed live at the event - also came under fire for displaying Israeli and Palestinian flags during her performance.