London, 10 March 2022
Following Belgium’s reveal this morning, it was time for the UK to unveil their entry. British broadcaster BBC have chosen Sam Ryder as their entrant, who will sing the song “SPACE MAN” (styled all in uppercase) at Eurovision 2022.
Ryder became well known after the 2020 lockdown when he started doing music covers on TikTok. The combination of his rugged looks with a clear tenor’s voice landed him over 100 million followers on the social media platform, making him the most viral artist of 2020 in the United Kingdom.
“Space Man” had been previously featured as the “Tune of the Week” on Scott Mill’s afternoon show, having since become a radio hit. The version Sam will bring to Turin is a shortened three minute rendition.
You can listen to “SPACE MAN” by clicking the video below:
Although the UK was one of the strongest countries in Old School Eurovision they have one of the worst track records in recent Eurovision. Ever since the introduction of the televote and the free language rules, the BBC have struggled to maintain high placements in the Eurovision final, for which they are pre-qualified as a member of the Big Five. Their last top ten placement came in 2009, when Jade Ewen snagged 5th place in Moscow with the Andrew Lloyd-Webber ballad “It’s my time“. Last year’s UK entrant, James Newman, managed to become the first act to score nil points in both the jury and the televote.
“Space man” will be showcased during the second semifinal on 12 May, as the United Kingdom will vote during this liveshow. Notable countries in this semifinal include Sweden, Ireland and Poland.