Regardless of a rousing efficiency of his music Greater Than Us, sadly Rice completed on the rear finish of the Eurovision leaderboard.
Ending second-last within the viewer vote and just one place larger within the jury vote, the likeable singer polled final general, out of the 26 competing nations.
Now, it appears his music can also be at a excessive threat of lacking an entry within the UK High 100 this week.
Immediately’s midweek gross sales flash from the Official Charts Company says Greater Than Us is presently at No100 on the half-way level.
Provided that there are nonetheless 4 days’ price of gross sales and streams to be counted, and that the hype round Eurovision will now start to die down, there’s a vital likelihood that the monitor won’t be able to carry its place till the top of the week.
There’s hope, although: at time of writing, it is nonetheless within the High 20 on iTunes’ in-house chart (gross sales and streams mixed make up the general rankings), so if it could actually maintain its momentum there, it’d simply have the ability to cling on to a placement contained in the High 100 on Friday.
If it does slip out, it will likely be the third United Kingdom Eurovision entry this decade to take action.
The final was Electro Velvet’s maligned Nonetheless In Love With You from 2015, which charted at No114.
And in 2010, Josh Dubovie’s That Sounds Good To Me may solely handle No179 – the worst ever placement for certainly one of our entries on the music contest; other than 1964’s I Love The Little Issues by Matt Monro, which didn’t chart.
In equity to Rice, Eurovision songs are discovering it more and more more durable to seek out their footing within the charts – particularly because the rise of streaming over gross sales.
Solely two of our songs this century have made it to the High 10: Daz Sampson’s Teenage Life (2006, No8) and Scooch’s Flying The Flag (For You) (2007, No5).
Final yr, SuRie’s Storm peaked at No50, and Lucie Jones’s By no means Give Up On You progressed so far as No73 in 2017.
In the meantime, two different Eurovision 2019 songs are outperforming Rice thus far this week.
Norway’s entry Spirit In The Sky by KEiiNO – which received the televote however was stored from the throne by a really low Jury rating – is at No66 on the half-way stage.
The profitable monitor – Arcade by Duncan Laurence – is at No77.
Each are, like Rice, in peril of slipping out of the High 100 by the point this week’s closing listings are revealed on Friday.
Rice stated on Twitter yesterday: “We completely f**king smashed it final night time, whatever the end result!
“I’m so completely happy, I’ve made reminiscences for a lifetime that I’ll treasure & made some actually good friendships from this!
“Let’s hold climbing that [iTunes] chart we’re quantity 16! This has actually been a dream come true.”