If there''s one thing we can count on in life, itas the UK experiencing a severe thrashing at the Eurovision Song Contest. Though we were once the bright shining stars of the campy affair (aMaking Your Mind Upa by Bucks Fizz remains a masterpiece) the last few decades have made for harrowing viewing. In last yearas competition, the UK received anul pointsa a fate so terrible that itas almost impressive.
In an attempt to preserve our nationas poor fortunes, new musical hope Sam Ryder will compete in the United Kingdom at the 66th edition of the contest. Here''s all you need to know about a man who now has a whole nationas hopes and dreams resting on his incredible well-groomed beard.
Who is the UKas Eurovision entry Sam Ryder?
As a kid in Catholic school, Sam Ryder grew up loving punk and metal a. One of his earliest memories is finding a scratched-up copy of Iron Maidenas album aSeventh Son of a Seventh Sona on the road. Before his first album became available, Ryder went back to music and began uploading homemade covers to TikTok. Following the closure, Justin Bieber and Sia caught the attention.
Fast forward to 2022, and he has more than 12 million followers on the platform, with a major label record.
What song will Sam Ryder sing during Eurovision in 2022?
Ryderas announced his entry for the 2022 competition, which will take place in Turin after Italya''s victory last year. MANa: Covered with galactic sliding guitars and more than a hint of Elton John, the song depicts floating through space as a lonely, isolated astronaut and desire to be grounded back down to earth again aI''m only human with the real world on my mind.
Itas not all too bad, but fair play.
What are his chances?
As the big night draws closer, Ryderas'' chances of winning the Eurovision have increased among bookmakers aA, some of whom have named him the second favourite to win. This yearas UK participation is cautious not to let the hype go to his head.
AI don''t want to get to a point where I start believing the hype,a he told the BBC ahead of his performance. AI just want to do everyone proud, and do the best I could possibly can.a
Crucially, Ryderas is already a huge fan of the song contest. aI love Eurovision. He said that it''s such a privilege to come at a certain place in a table to stop me from doing something and being a member of something I enjoy so much. As long as I can go to Eurovision and know in my heart of hearts I am going to do the best I can, then everything else is out of my control.
TaP Music, a global publishing and management company that handles Dua Lipa and Lana Del Rey, has collaborated with the BBC to select the yearas entry. In a statement, the organization said that all consultancy expenses would be donated to MOAS, a humanitarian charity that provides emergency medical treatment and assistance to vulnerable people around the world. Currently, the organization is on the move to assist those affected by the Ukraine war.
This article was originally published on March 10, 2022.