The United Kingdom’s hope to win the Eurovision song contest was high this year as hopeful Sam Ryder was expected to turn things around since a quarter of a century ago when the UK won the contest. The 66th Eurovision song contest took place in Turin, Italy over the weekend and in the end it was Ukraine that won the hotly contested European song contest.
Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra came in front of UK’s Ryder to take the trophy to his home country that is under siege from Russia. As Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy took to social media to celebrate the victory, the UK was left thinking about that time when the trophy will again come back to London.
Although the UK didn’t win this year, many think that Ryder has what it takes to bring the Eurovision back home in the future. The UK’s 2022 entry, Space Man, which was performed by the 32-year-old vocal powerhouse and TikTok sensation came just behind Ukraine. In Eurovision 2022, the U.K singer scored 466 points and came second in the song contest as Ryder secured its highest position since 1998.
As one of the most popular UK musician on TikTok, with 12.4 m followers, Ryder represents what the UK has to offer to the global music platform such as Eurovision.
Despite not winning the contest, the U.K entry into Eurovision 2022 contest is viewed as a huge improvement on the previous year’s entry when the UK came last out of 26 countries with zero points. Ryder commented on the Eurovision results with BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat: “I think we should focus on getting some really special music and a really special artist that represents Britain in the best possible way”.
Watch the viral performance in the link below.