Eurovision's Michael Rice breaks silence after coming LAST in the competition and insists he 'smashed it'
MICHAEL Rice has broken his silence after crashing out of Eurovision last night.
The UK's entry finished bottom of the leaderboard after the 21-year-old only scored 16 points in the competition while the the Netherlands won with 492 points.
Now the disappointed singer has taken to Twitter to thank fans for their support – and insisted he "smashed it" during the whole journey.
"Just want to say thank you for all the amazing messages of support!" he wrote.
"Me and my team have smashed this whole entire journey and I'm just so proud!!
"I'm walking away with memories, friends, amazing fans and an experience of a lifetime! This is just the start, thank you for believing in me."
And his fans are still behind him, with one replying: "You deserved so much better! I could rant about this that and the next thing but best of luck in your career!"
"You did the UK proud – always a tough gig to represent us, sorry!" another added.
"You deserved better," a third fan wrote.
Meanwhile, it's not just the fans behind Michael, last night Graham Norton lashed out at Eurovision, branding it "unfair" that Michael came last.
Presenter Graham offered his condolences to Michael as the result was announced, admitting that he was worried the hopeful would be left "upset".
Speaking in a voiceover, the Irish star said: "I hope he's not upset because he did all he could tonight, he really did.
"Our hearts go out to Michael and the whole team who worked so, so hard on the competition this year. You can't fault his performance tonight."
Slamming the competition, Graham continued: "He absolutely did not deserve that result.
"It was really unfair, and I hope he's OK… He's got his mum and his Nan here, and we will all go and give him a hug later on."
The UK have not won Eurovision since Katrina and The Waves' huge success in 1997.
Michael had been hoping to replicate their victory with his song Bigger Than Us, but failed to impress our competition.
Meanwhile, Duncan Laurence's glory for the Netherlands last night marked the first time that the country had won Eurovision since 1975.
Elsewhere in the Tel Aviv show, music legend Madonna thrilled fans with a show-stopping interval performance of hit song Like A Prayer as well as her new single, Future.
The superstar was surrounded by dancers wearing gas masks and horse costumes to create a dystopian environment, with the 60-year-old icon shocking Eurovision organisers and millions of viewers when two of her dancers hugged wearing Israeli and Palestinian flags in an unrehearsed moment.
Madonna seemingly used her contentious performance in Israel to make an apparent call for peace in the region after her decision to perform in the Israeli city divided her fans.
Pro-Palestinian activists previously begged the star to reconsider her role as the superstar special guest while the Israeli-Palestinian crisis rumbles on.
However, Madonna defended her appearance, sharing at the time: "I’ll never stop playing music to suit someone’s political agenda, nor will I stop speaking out against violations of human rights, wherever in the world they may be.
"My heart breaks every time I hear about the innocent lives that are lost in this region and the violence that is so often perpetuated to suit the political goals of people who benefit from this ancient conflict.
"I hope and pray that we will soon break free from this terrible cycle of destruction and create a new path towards peace."
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