UK's Eurovision entry has score lowered by five points

Michael Rice

Michael Rice

The changes pushed the United Kingdom further below the rest of the board - wiping away almost a third of the points they picked up on the night.

While Netherlands bagged the top spot at this year's Eurovision with a total of 498 points, the United Kingdom was once again at the bottom of the leaderboard.

However, it has now been revealed that Rice actually only scored 11 points, due to an error in calculation after the Belarusian jury were dismissed for revealing their semi-final scores.

Despite coming in 26th place, 21-year-old Michael said he enjoyed the experience.

It means Netherlands champion Duncan Laurence remained top with 498 as opposed to 492, while Italy's runner up Mahmood had six points more than their 465 total given on the night, and Russia's entry Sergey Lazarev finished with 372 rather than 369. But after the scores were revised the 13 points he had secured from juries in other countries dropped to just eight, according to the BBC.

The error occurred when the Belarusian jury was ousted for illegally divulging how it voted before the final was broadcast.

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Me and my team have smashed this whole entire journey and I'm just so proud.

The UK's Michael Rice at Eurovision.

Speaking to The Sun, he suggested that Brexit might have had something to do with the poor result.

"I sang my heart out and that's all I can do", he said.

He told the publication that, even if the United Kingdom had been represented by an internationally renowned artist, we still would have finished in bottom place.

He added: "Do you know what?" If it was Gary Barlow or Elton John, they still probably would have come last too.

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