Ground control to major Sam. United Kingdom’s Sam Ryder has touched down in Italy for Eurovision 2022 second ehearsals. The Essex-born TikTok star performed “SPACE MAN” on the PalaOlimpico stage ahead of the grand final. Did we go on an intergalactic trip, or did all hope come crashing down to Earth? Let’s find out…
United Kingdom’s Sam Ryder “SPACE MAN” — Eurovision 2022 second rehearsal
Oliver: If there was ever a time United Kingdom fans can rest easy about their result, 2022 is the year. Sam Ryder is wearing a black boilersuit; the top is bedazzled with crystals in shapes of planets and stars, while the crystal lining on the trousers mirrors the Union flag. As for the broken sun? No problem — Team UK has avoided it completely, creating their own arena-like staging for Sam. He stands centre stage on a plinth inside the industrial shell of a deconstructed spaceship, which glows a bright white light throughout. The staging is pulled apart before the final chorus, completely filling the stage. We hear a new revamped version of “SPACE MAN”, where the “Gravity keeps pulling me down” middle eight transitions to an epic guitar solo. Things look really promising for Sam and the UK.
Reaction to United Kingdom’s second rehearsal at Eurovision 2022
@wiwibloggs_official #UK’s @Sam Ryder takes us out of this world in his 2nd #Eurovision rehearsal. @jonathanvautrey watches and reacts 🇬🇧 #ESC2022 #Eurovision2022 #TheSoundOfBeauty #SpaceMan ♬ original sound – wiwibloggs
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