MICHAEL Rice put on a brave face and belted out his song Bigger Than Us at Israel’s airport today – just hours after he came last in the Eurovision Song Contest.
The Hartlepool born singer was left gutted after the results came in and revealed he’d only scored three in the public vote.
But when he arrived to catch his plane, Michael, 21, made sure he put on another show to entertain the crowds in the departures lounge.
Along with some help from some local dancers, Michael sang at the top of his lungs, much to the delight of his fellow travellers
Following the UK’s crushing defeat, Eurovision host Graham Norton blasted the competition as unfair.
Graham said during a voiceover last night: “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.”
“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.”
Duncan Laurence's glory for the Netherlands last night marked the first time that the country had won Eurovision since 1975.
He was awarded a staggering 492 points.
Elsewhere in the Tel Aviv show, music legend Madonna thrilled fans with a show-stopping interval performance of her 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.
Madonna, 60, went on to shock organisers however, as two of her dancers – wearing Israeli and Palestinian flags – started to hug.
The Queen of Pop was previously forced to defend her appearance.
She said previously: “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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