Today is the sixth day of rehearsals in Turin and the first rehearsals of the BIG 5 countries are going to be held today!
Next up on stage for their first rehearsal is United Kingdom and Sam Ryder with the song “SPACE MAN“.
Who is Sam Ryder?
Sam is a singer and songwriter from Essex who has seen his popularity go stratospheric, largely thanks to social media. The Brit co-wrote his Eurovision entry with Grammy winning songwriter Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud) and Max Wolfgang, and with over 12 million followers and 100 million likes on TikTok, he is currently the most followed UK music artist on the platform.
As the world went into lockdown in March 2020, Sam uploaded the first of his now famous cover videos, quickly catching the attention of celebrity fans including Justin Bieber, Sia and Alicia Keys, who even posted her own video reacting to his cover of her song If I Ain’t Got You.
Since then he’s been signed by Parlophone Records, released his debut EP (The Sun’s Gonna Rise), and received top-level support from the UK’s biggest radio stations.
The United Kingdom wins the biggest prop award of the contest so far. They’ve put up on stage a metal structure made up of three enormous wings, like something off the set of a science fiction movie. Just to have a comparison measure, each section is bigger than Australia’s staircase, maybe four or five metres high?
Sam’s on an illuminated circular plinth in the middle, is wearing a black outfit with black and white trainers, giving it amazing vocals as the structure lights up, then finally opens up. It’s visually really impressive, and Sam does a great job of connecting with the cameras too. The final twenty seconds of this takes a turn from the recorded version, leading to an epic finale.
Below you can watch a small clip from the first rehearsal of the United Kingdom on TikTok:
@eurovision A HUUUUGE prop and HUUUGE vocals from United Kingdom’s @Sam Ryder 🔥 #EurovisionTikTok #Eurovision2022 #Eurovision ♬ original sound – Eurovision
The second rehearsal of the United Kingdom will be held on the 7th of May, when we will know how things will appear on screen for their entry.
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