The English singer was the 16th contestant to step onstage during Saturday’s final in Tel Aviv.
He delivered an acclaimed performance of the tune “Bigger Than Us”, co-written by John Lundvik, who was also representing Sweden during the final.
After Rice’s turn wrapped up, viewers turned to social media to share their impressions, praising Rice’s vocals – though some were left disappointed by the tune itself.
“What a lovely moment for Michael Rice. He did a great job there, and was clearly thrilled to be representing us. WELL DONE, MICHAEL!” one person wrote.
“Well, that wasn’t at all awful. Well done, Michael Rice!” another person tweeted.
Someone else chimed in with more positive feedback, writing: “Well done Michael Rice. Fantastic performance and great song.”
One viewer said Rice “should be proud” of his performance, while someone else wrote: “I absolutely loved it.”
“First time I heard the song it sounded average but tonight at the final it was utterly brilliant,” another Twitter user wrote. “Well bloody done to Michael Rice, done the UK proud!”
Twenty-six countries are represented in the final. The winner will be influenced by votes cast by the public via text messages.