This year's UK Eurovision contestant, Michael Rice, is 65.8% Irish, Scottish and Welsh, 30.3% North and West European, 2.8% Scandinavian, and 1.1% Finnish! He's from Hartlepool, a lovely seaside town in northeastern England not far from Scotland, which may explain why his UK heritage is Irish, Scottish and Welsh rather than English. We found 4,256 relatives of Michael's from 30 countries all over the world in our records, many of them from Anglophone countries such as the US, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Ireland, but also from places as far-flung as Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, and Russia. The closest match we found is Louise Dent from Ireland, who shares 0.9% of his DNA, making her a 3rd, 4th, or 5th cousin of Michael's. Louise's family tree comprises 983 people.
Molly from the UK had a great first rehearsal Sunday. Is she able to do even better in this second one?
The unknown singer song writter Molly Smitten Downes was chosen by the BBC to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest today. Here's how Molly's first rehearsal went down.
Well there is nothing wrong with this staging AT ALL!!!!!!!
Drummer in the back, great use of panoramic shots and Molly sells this from the very first note.....despite some slight technical hitches with ear pieces and drums being too loud
A huge return to form for the BBC and the United kingdom this year....
Listening to the next few runs now.....
I can't believe it's over a week since I first went to get my accreditation badge here in the press centre. Now I'm all geared up to watch the first rehearsals of the big 5 countries and Denmark.
The Eurovision Song Contest has now really really kicked in.
The red carpet is later on today as well, together with a great night planned in the Euroclub.
I'm sure we'll have loads and loads of fun today!