News about the BBC’s plans for Turin has been scarce over recent months. But the broadcaster has finally played its cards and revealed that Sam Ryder will represent the UK at Eurovision 2022 with his song “SPACE MAN”.
The reveal was made on the BBC Radio 1 breakfast show, with Scott Mills joining Greg James.
Sam Ryder to sing “SPACE MAN” at Eurovision 2022 for the UK
After languishing at the bottom of the leaderboard for the past two contests, the UK are hoping to skyrocket to the top with the help of TikTok star Sam Ryder.
The singer from Essex will be singing “SPACE MAN” at Eurovision 2022 in Turin, Italy.
The song was originally released on 22 February and countless rumours have grown across the internet since then. But the BBC and partner TaP Music decided to leave it a couple of weeks before officially announcing Sam and “SPACE MAN” as the United Kingdom’s entry to the contest.
In that time, the song has already had some notable radio play. Scott Mills, the UK’s Eurovision semi-final commentator, selected “SPACE MAN” as his Tune Of The Week on BBC Radio 1.
At the moment, the full song is 3:40 minutes long, making it 40 seconds longer than the Eurovision limit. Therefore, Sam will be performing a shortened version for Eurovision that fits to the three-minute mark – this version is the one already being played on radio stations.
Sam Ryder – “SPACE MAN” (UK Eurovision 2022)
This year the BBC has partnered with TaP Music – the global music publishing and management company behind global stars like Lana Del Rey, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Ellie Goulding and until recently Dua Lipa.
Ben Mawson, TaP Music co-founder, said at the time of the partnership announcement: “We’re really excited to be teaming up with the BBC for this event and will use Eurovision to authentically reflect and celebrate the rich, diverse and world-class musical talent the UK is globally renowned for.”
Interestingly, Sam Ryder isn’t directly signed with TaP Music, so it seems the music moguls have cast their net wider than their own talent pool during the search for a UK Eurovision 2022 act.
Who is Sam Ryder?
Sam Ryder is an Essex-based singer. Despite being in the music industry since 2009, he was relatively unknown until 2020.
During the Covid-19 lockdown, Sam went viral on TikTok with his covers of Adele, The Weeknd and more. He became the most popular UK artist on TikTok in 2020, earning big-name fans such as Alicia Keys and Justin Bieber. Sam has since amassed 12 million followers on the social media platform.
Recorded this live for the first time a few days after we wrote it 👩🚀🚀♬ original sound – Sam Ryder
What do you make of “SPACE MAN”? How do you think Sam Ryder will do at Eurovision 2022 for the UK? Let us know in the comments below.