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Who is Sam Ryder? Meet the UK’s Eurovision Act for 2022

Sam Ryder is this year’s act for the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 (Picture: Parlophone Music)

Sam Ryder will be taking to the Eurovision final stage this Saturday ready to perform his very own song, Space Man.

Boasting a jaw-dropping following of more than 12.3 million on his TikTok account and 3.7 million on Instagram, Sam is bringing high hopes for fans who are becoming somewhat used to disappointing results from the singing contest.

Talking about performing on behalf of the UK, Sam said: ‘Having been a fan of Eurovision since I was a kid l I am so honoured to have been presented with the opportunity to sing at an event alongside some of Europe’s most talented creatives, performers and songwriters.

‘I hope to sing my head off in a way the UK can be proud of, and to showcase a song I wrote with my friends last summer makes the whole experience even more special. See you in Turin legends!’

So, who is Sam Ryder? What’s his Eurovision song? Here are the important facts you should know about the UK’s entry.

Who is Sam Ryder?

Sam Ryder will be performing one of his original songs at Eurovision 2022 (Picture: Youtube/Sam Ryder)

Sam rose to fame when he started posting on TikTok in March 2020 during the first Covid-19 lockdown.

He quickly blew fans away with his covers of songs from artists such as Adele, Justin Bieber, and Michael Jackson.

Not only was he crowned TikTok’s most popular artist account at the end of 2020, he also gained some pretty star-studded fans, including Alicia Keys, who came across his incredible cover of If I Ain’t Got You.

‘Yo, he killed this,’ she said as she reacted to the cover. ‘This is hard for me to sing.’

While Sam has shared plenty of astonishing covers, he’s also got his own original music – he’s released various singles since 2019, including his songs Set you Free, Whirlwind, and Tiny Riot.

The star has just finished his first sold-out tour around the UK.

How old is Sam Ryder?

Born on June 25, 1989, Sam is 32 years old.

He is from Maldon, just outside of Chelmsford in Essex.

What is Sam Ryder’s Eurovision 2022 song?

A Sam Ryder original, he will be taking to the stage in Turin, Italy, with Space Man.

The song’s lyrics are nice and meaningful as they remind listeners that everything that is important in life is right in front of them.

You can listen to the tune below.

Latest Eurovision odds for Sam Ryder and the United Kingdom

The UK are now the second favourites at 6-1 with bookmaker Coral to win Eurovision on Saturday, a huge achievement for Sam Ryder.

The UK famously never do too well with voting from neighbouring countries, but this year could change it all.

Ukraine are the only nation ahead of the UK in the betting at 8-13.

‘The strong support behind Sam Ryder in our betting continues, as many patriotic punters feel he goes into the final on Saturday with a very good chance of ending UK’s 25-year wait for Eurovision success,’ said Coral’s John Hill.

How to find Sam Ryder on TikTok

Sam’s TikTok is @samhairwolfryder.

He’s posted hundreds of videos, but some of his most popular include a cover of Adele’s Easy on Me, his rendition of Queen’s I Want To Break Free and, aptly enough, his take on Mika’s Grace Kelly.

The latter is set to host Eurovision this year.

You can also find him on Instagram @samhairwolfryder.

The Eurovision Song Contest final takes place on Saturday 14 May. Fans can watch the action on BBC One from 8pm.


Credit: Original article published here.

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