Eurovision bosses admit voting blunder that puts UK even further down the leaderboard

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BUNGLING Eurovision bosses have owned up to a voting blunder which has seen the UK’s Michael Rice stripped of yet more points.

The singing contest has released a statement saying “human error” caused a mistake that meant Britain’s rock-bottom 16 points have now been slashed to just 11.

 Michael Rice's 16 points have been knocked down to 11

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Michael Rice’s 16 points have been knocked down to 11

But while Michael’s song Bigger Than Us has suffered, the top four in the contest remain unchanged, with The Netherlands’ hit Arcade staying top.

Indeed, under the corrected vote, it has picked up a extra six points, finishing with a total of 498.

The other countries in the top four – Italy, Russia and Switzerland – all collected more points but the recount saw fifth-placed Norway tumble to sixth.

Number crunchers admitted an incorrect calculation was used to create a “substitute” set of points after the Belarus jury was dismissed for revealing their votes from the first semi-final.

 Michael Rice belting out his hit on the night

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Michael Rice belting out his hit on the night
 Eurovision winner Duncan Laurence of The Netherlands

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Eurovision winner Duncan Laurence of The Netherlands

The Eurovision Broadcast Union created a “substitute aggregated result” based on the results of other countries with similar voting records.

However, it said: “Due to a human error an incorrect aggregated result was used.”

Michael, 21, hit out at the competition after the staggering loss, saying it was impossible for the UK to win Eurovision because of political bias – saying even superstars would finish last.

The All Together Now winner explained: “I always knew I was going to come in this position because of Brexit.

 Eurovision host Graham Norton said the result was 'unfair'

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Eurovision host Graham Norton said the result was ‘unfair’
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Do you know what? If it was Gary Barlow or Elton John, they still probably would have come last too.”

However, Michael showed his spirits were not dampened by belting out his hit at the airport in Israel as he prepared to fly home.

Slamming the competition, after the results came in, Eurovision voiceover star Graham Norton said of Michael: “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.”

Graham Norton slams Eurovision as ‘unfair’ while defending UK’s Michael Rice after he came last


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