The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 40 competing songs in Eurovision 2022. Next we review the United Kingdom, who have chosen Sam Ryder with “SPACE MAN”.
Are we ready to blast off? Read on to find out!
Sam Ryder – “SPACE MAN” (UK Eurovision 2022)
Review: Sam Ryder – “SPACE MAN”
Pablo: It’s very weird for a song to make me emotional, and this really did me in. Combining a vintage Elton John-esque quality with a youthfully artistic Glass Animals-energy, “SPACE MAN” is an amalgamation of all things that make British music special. The instrumental brilliantly conveys that Jetsons-like “70s peek into the future” aspect, and the build-up is effortlessly impressive, with rich vocals that do exactly what they need to do, not more, not less. The UK has cracked the code, and they can, and should, aspire for way more than a single-digit score in the final.
Renske: After we have said how incredibly smart it is to send a large TikTok star to Eurovision, somehow this does not feel very different from the United Kingdom’s entries of recent years. Sam Ryder is among the stronger vocalists this year, but there are other singers that could overshadow his power. “SPACE MAN” is on the repetitive side, but is annoyingly one of the most catchy tunes of this contest.
Lucy: I am Team Wiwi’s resident delusional Brit stan, admittedly. I tend to get over-excited, so this year now the UK has a genuine shout at top ten, I’m a bit terrified! Sam Ryder’s vocals are INSANE, and the song is giving off Mercury/Bowie vibes. His whole presence really reflects that, Sam is worthy of the comparison. A TikTok star with over 12m followers, he has bags of appeal, and is deservedly an absolute icon of the platform. His performances show the vulnerability in the lyrics of broken-heartedness and loneliness, whilst he is engaging and exciting to watch. Come on, Sam. The UK is so behind you!
Sebastian: “SPACE MAN” is objectively a solid vocal performance and a good, solid song. I hate to say it, however, but “SPACE MAN” doesn’t take me anywhere ethereal or other-worldly. Sam Ryder has a great smile and good singing voice, but with notes that almost mimic a mosquito, I can’t help but feel irritated by what is, in essence, an OK track. I know my opinion sits within the minority, but Sam’s Freddie Mercury tones and soft-rock song leaves me damp and uninspired. While some say this might achieve the UK’s best performance of the last couple of decades, I say don’t count on it.
Tom: Well, well, well… the UK has a song they can be proud of! It feels like the BBC are really trying this year. They have chosen an artist with the most incredible voice (it is extraordinary) and given him a very good song. “SPACE MAN” is a memorable, current track that screams of Britishness, which is a wonderful thing. That being said, I still think Sam is better than the song. He could have perhaps showed off more of his endless qualities in another track, but perhaps I am just being greedy. Juries will really respect this and if there were any justice, this would finish on the left-hand side of the leaderboard. Fingers crossed!
UK Eurovision 2022 ranking
In the Eurovision 2022 Wiwi Jury, we have 18 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 3.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.25/10
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