Sam Ryder knows how he feels — and he’s sticking with his gut. Throughout his Eurovision promo tour the TikTok star, who counts more than 12 million followers on the app, has deftly fielded questions about whether he faces extra pressure since the UK has repeatedly tanked at the contest. The ease of his answer suggests he’s sincere — and not just well-trained to deal with the media.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast on Wednesday morning, he once again batted away concerns about where he might finish on May 14.
“If you tell yourself you’ve got pressure — with my personality, you’re starting off on the wrong foot,” he said.
“Singing, song-writing and performing — it shouldn’t be about a score-board.”
“Singing, song-writing and performing shouldn’t be about a score-board.”— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) April 27, 2022
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Sam Ryder meets Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst at BBC
Essex-born Sam also met with Eurovision 2014 winner Conchita Wurst in an interview featuring some of the finest facial hair in the business. The two exchanged thoughts on music and performance.
Sam started with a question.
“We were just talking about how important your mindset is — it’s not simply about singing. How did it feel for you — that 40 seconds before you walked on to that stage?”
Conchita said he felt totally at ease on the Copenhagen stage thanks to the many rehearsals that drilled a routine into his head.
“I couldn’t wait to go on that stage,” Conchita said. “You did it all over and over again, and it’s so good because you know every move, every person you’re going to meet on the way to the stage. For me, it made me really comfortable.”
In one funny exchange, Conchita suggested that Sam — like most performers — enjoys a bit of attention. He was a bit embarrassed, saying…
“I guess if we’re singing and sharing what we’re doing there’s an element —”
“I’m bathing in it….you have to be there and people have to believe what you’re telling them.”
“When I enter a room and every gasps, this is exactly what I want.”
There’s nothing like a pep talk from Conchita Wurst to get you ready for Eurovision! ???— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) April 27, 2022
The former winner meets this year’s UK contestant Sam Ryder on #BBCBreakfast ?https://t.co/QFGUYd0oOr pic.twitter.com/ylSv3olpSP
Conchita keeps her finger on the pulse of Eurovision and has been reading the tea leaves stirred by Eurovision fans.
“You’ve got tough competition,” she said. “The buzz in the Eurovision community is, ‘Oh, the UK is participating again.'”
“You know, no offence to all the other artists who have come before, they are all brilliant, but this year it feels like, ‘They mean business. OK. OK.’”
Do you agree with Conchita? Do you feel the wave of positivity from fans toward the UK this year? Do you think Sam can win it all? Let us know in the comments box down below!