Despite a rousing performance of his song Bigger Than Us, sadly Rice finished at the rear end of the Eurovision leaderboard.
Finishing second-last in the viewer vote and only one place higher in the jury vote, the likeable singer polled last overall, out of the 26 competing nations.
Now, it seems his song is also at a high risk of missing an entry in the UK Top 100 this week.
Today’s midweek sales flash from the Official Charts Company says Bigger Than Us is currently at No100 at the half-way point.
Given that there are still four days’ worth of sales and streams to be counted, and that the hype around Eurovision will now begin to die down, there is a significant chance that the track will not be able to hold its position until the end of the week.
There’s hope, though: at time of writing, it’s still in the Top 20 on iTunes’ in-house chart (sales and streams combined make up the overall rankings), so if it can hold its momentum there, it might just be able to cling on to a placement inside the Top 100 on Friday.
If it does slip out, it will be the third United Kingdom Eurovision entry this decade to do so.
The last was Electro Velvet’s maligned Still In Love With You from 2015, which charted at No114.
And in 2010, Josh Dubovie’s That Sounds Good To Me could only manage No179 – the worst ever placement for one of our entries at the song contest; aside from 1964’s I Love The Little Things by Matt Monro, which didn’t chart.
In fairness to Rice, Eurovision songs are finding it increasingly harder to find their footing in the charts – especially since the rise of streaming over sales.
Only two of our songs this century have made it to the Top 10: Daz Sampson’s Teenage Life (2006, No8) and Scooch’s Flying The Flag (For You) (2007, No5).
Last year, SuRie’s Storm peaked at No50, and Lucie Jones’s Never Give Up On You progressed as far as No73 in 2017.
Meanwhile, two other Eurovision 2019 songs are outperforming Rice so far this week.
Norway’s entry Spirit In The Sky by KEiiNO – which won the televote but was kept from the throne by a very low Jury score – is at No66 at the half-way stage.
The winning track – Arcade by Duncan Laurence – is at No77.
Both are, like Rice, in danger of slipping out of the Top 100 by the time this week’s final listings are revealed on Friday.
Rice said on Twitter yesterday: “We absolutely f**king smashed it last night, regardless of the result!
“I’m so happy, I’ve made memories for a lifetime that I will treasure & made some really good friendships from this!
“Let’s keep climbing that [iTunes] chart we are number 16! This has honestly been a dream come true.”