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Eurovision 2023: Sam Ryder predicts the city that will host the contest!

Sam Ryder, the famous TikToker who managed to bring the UK to second place in this year’s competition, winning the jury’s vote, recently gave a radio interview on the occasion of the release of his new song. Among other things, he gave his prediction for the city that will be finally chosen by the BBC and the EBU, in order to host Eurovision 2023.

Between Manchester and Glasgow, Sam Ryder thinks the choice will be made for the city that will host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest.

Cardiff is out of the games right, and Birmingham have just had… (the Commonwealth Games).

I mean I’d be happy with it anywhere, but Manchester seems like a good bet, or Glasgow. They’re the ones that I think it could go to.

Sam Ryder was also asked if we will see him live at the next contest, with him not knowing anything yet, but being available for any role in Eurovision 2023 he is given, even selling tickets!

I have no idea…I hope so, I’m not going to be coy about it. Please let me do something! I’ll sweep, I’ll give the tickets out. I just want to see it, it’s just going to be so amazing, what an incredible experience for like a Eurovision fan!

Among the seven cities below, the city that will host Eurovision 2023 will be chosen:

  • Glasgow
  • Liverpool
  • Leeds
  • Manchester
  • Birmingham
  • Newcastle
  • Sheffield

The final announcement will be made in the fall.

Listen to Sam Ryder’s new song, released on August 19:

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Source: planetradio

Eurovision 2023: Cardiff pulls out from the host city bid race!

It was announced today that Cardiff will not proceed with its host city application for Eurovision 2023, due to the unavailability of the Principality Stadium (proposed venue) during the Eurovision period.

That is despite the fact that the Cardiff Council, the Welsh Government and the Principality Stadium had initially expressed a great interest in hosting the show in May 2023.

The above actors clarified, in their joint statement, that hosting Eurovision would have caused cancellations of a great number of significant scheduled events.

Here is the joint statement by the Principality Stadium, the Cardiff City Council, and Welsh Government’s officials:

“Since it was confirmed that the UK would host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, Cardiff Council, the Welsh Government and Principality Stadium have been working at pace to establish the feasibility of a bid to host the event in Wales’ capital city.”

“Cardiff’s very strong track record in hosting major events, and the world-class Principality Stadium, would have made it a natural fit for such a significant production.”

“The BBC, as the event organisers, have released detailed specifications for each city wishing to bid to host the event. As partners, we have been working through these in detail. It is clear that on many of these Cardiff would have a very strong case to become the host city for Eurovision 2023.”

“However, the complexity of staging the event means that a significant number of scheduled events in the Principality Stadium during Spring 2023 would have to be cancelled as a result. These include the European Wheelchair Rugby Championships, ‘The Road to Principality’, a key event in the WRU Community rugby calendar, and a major international artist contracted to appear, among other events.”

This development, albeit not a cause of celebration for Welsh eurofans, might strengthen some other cities’ bid. Taking Wales out of the game, leaves plenty of room for Scotland’s cities to manoeuvre, with Glasgow of course leading the race in the betting odds so far.

Which is the most suitable host city for Eurovision 2023? Should the ESC take place in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland? 

UK: Sam Ryder ready to support national selection for 2023

He gave the United Kingdom its best results in more than two decades on Eurovision and he has not stopped since then.  Sam Ryder performed recently at the Platinum Jubileum Concert.  He met the royal family and even talked with them about his participation in Turin.  In an interview for People magazine, Sam said Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton watched with  Prince William this year’s Eurovision.

I said ‘hello’ to Kate, and she was asking about the performance.  She is so kind and said that the royal family had all been supporting me for a while and all throughout Eurovision.  Then Princess Beatrice came over and had a chat with us too. (…)  What I gather is a lot of the members of the royal family had seen Eurovision and were supporting my song from home, which means a lot.

Just one month after his participation the question keeps coming on: will Sam represent the United Kingdom again?  According to Sam Ryder, he is not planning to repeat his Eurovision journey in the near future.  However, he wants to support his country to find the right candidate for 2023.  Talking to The Mirror, Sam said that he would like to participate in the finding of his successor.

I just want more people to experience it…The more people that do, the more it will become engrained in the UK’s attitude that Eurovision is something that we are so lucky to have.

Sam Ryder won the jury vote for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.  He also won the Marcel Bezençon Award in the press category.  However, he ended up in second place in the Grand Final behind Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra.  The UK representative said he agreed with the final score.  Moreover, he celebrated Ukraine for its victory in Eurovision this year.

“I think it’s so important because that’s what Eurovision to me has always been about. Since I’ve been a kid, I’ve been a fan of it for years, it’s about standing for something and showing solidarity and kindness, and it was important to use that platform for everyone to just get behind them. And those guys are wicked, the song is also a banger, it gives me massive Beastie Boys vibes and I just couldn’t be happier for them.”

Would you like to see Sam Ryder participating in Eurovision in the future?

Source: Eurovoix, MSN

United Kingdom: Sam Ryder reaches number 2 in the UK charts!

Sam Ryder, the 2022 Eurovision representative, has reached the top of the UK’s charts with his Eurovision entry ‘Space Man’ which is currently charting at #2.

Space Man‘ has thus become the highest charting British Eurovision entry since 1996 when Gina G topped the British charts with her Eurovision entry ‘Ooh Aah Just A Little Bit‘.

Sam Ryder‘s  ESC song has become the most dowloaded song of the week in the UK this week.

Sam Ryder says:

We wanted to take on this negative Eurovision stigma in the UK – this habitual loop of cynicism and telling ourselves Europe doesn’t like the UK.

That was absolutely not the case, we don’t subscribe to that narrative whatsoever. The result gives strength to that idea. We’ve stripped away at the negativity and shone a bit of light in its place. Eurovision is my favourite thing in the world – I’m so stoked that I got to be a part of this story with my friends and my team.

Who else charted?

Meanwhile there is chart success for Ukraine’s Eurovision winners Kalush Orchestra. Their entry debuts on the UK chart at number 38. Therefore marking the second appearance of Ukrainian in the chart since Verka Serduchka in 2007 with ‘Dancing Lasha Tumbai’, peaking at number 28.

Outside the Top 40 we also have several entries in the Top 100! These are as follows:

  • 47. 🇳🇴 Norway – Subwoolfer – ‘Give That Wolf A Banana’
  • 56. 🇪🇸 Spain – Chanel – ‘SloMo’
  • 59. 🇸🇪 Sweden – Cornelia Jakobs – ‘Hold Me Closer’

As well as this, last years’ winners Måneskin have charted at 43 with latest single, ‘SUPERMODEL’.

Sam Ryder represented the UK at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest with his entry ‘Space Man’ achieving an honourable 2nd place in the Grand Final.

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Source: officialcharts.com

 

United Kingdom: BBC and TaP reject Years & Years in favour of Sam Ryder!

It has been reported in the British media that the band  Years & Years  were rejected by the BBC and TaP Music for Eurovision 2022, in favor of Sam Ryder .

The Mail on Sunday reports that Olly Alexander , now the sole permanent member of the popular electro-pop project Years & Years, proposed himself to represent the United Kingdom in Turin, but was unable to do so due to his contract with Polydor and the requirement for the selected artist to be a member of TaP Music.

The Mail article says, the only reassuring thing is that Olly has been told that he has a good chance of being selected if he puts his name forward next year if the rules change.

Olly made some tweets for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, so he’s clearly a fan and would certainly be a popular and credible choice for the 2023 contest if he were to be selected successfully.

Sam Ryder was selected in February to represent the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2022 with “Space Man” .

The United Kingdom finished second in the grand final this year with 466 points. Making it the country’s highest score in the Eurovision Song Contest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ0hqX_92zI&t=1s

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Eurovision 2022: United Kingdom’s second rehearsal

Today is the final day of rehearsals in Turin, with the second rehearsals of the BIG 5 countries!

Next up on stage for their second rehearsal is the 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 BieberSia 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 Rehearsal

The performance starts in the dark with Sam’s clothes glowing. Then the huge prop lights up and we see everything.

A very solid vocal performance by Sam who doesn’t hesitate to show his full range.

The prop opens during the final chorus and the lights turn gold. Sam also plays the guitar!

There were some errors with the cameras showing the crew moving the prop in the first run, but a huge applause in the end.

This is a strong contender.

During the second run the camera work improved. The third run was the best so far.

EBU / CORINNE CUMMING

EBU / CORINNE CUMMING

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XRnwlK5GgM

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Eurovision 2022: First Rehearsal of the United Kingdom!

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 Rehearsal

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?

EBU / ANDRES PUTTING

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.

EBU / ANDRES PUTTING

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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Germany: Sam Ryder was the winner of the Songcheck’s third episode!

Winner of the third episode of German Songcheck was Sam Ryder and Space Man, the UK entry. This is the second song of the Big 5 that is in the first place of the rating, since in the previous episode the participation of Italy was in the first place.

We remind you that at Songcheck the songs are evaluated by both the panel of judges and the viewers through a special application.

The detailed score was as follows:

In the first place is the score of the audience, in the second place the score of the judges and in the end the average, always with an excellent ten.

United Kingdom – 8.2 + 9.9 – 9.05 points
Serbia – 6.4 + 7.6 – 7 points
Finland – 6.4 + 7.6 – 7 points
Cyprus – 6.1 + 5.4 – 5.75 points
Israel – 4.8 + 5.9 – 5.35 points
Australia – 6.4 + 3.8 – 5.1 points
San Marino – 5 + 5 – 5 points
Georgia – 4.9 + 4.7 – 4.8 points
Azerbaijan – 4.3 + 3.8 – 4.05 points
Malta – 3.9 + 2.7 – 3.3 points

The Songcheck concludes with the songs of the second half of the second semifinal and with the German entry of course.

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Source: Songcheck

Interesting information about the stage presentation of some participations?

A number of interesting information is given by a user on Wiwibloggs. Of course, we are not able to know if everything that user says is true. However, because everything he supports about the Greek participation and the direction of Fokas Evangelinos are based, we decided to publish this information, telling you to always read carefully what follows, as they are not fully confirmed.

Initially, this user refers to the participation of the United Kingdom, saying that although he believes that this year the country will do much better than we are used to, Sam Ryder will not win, since the stage presentation of Space Man is not a winning one. He also gives a forecast saying that UK will be from the 7th to the 12th place.

As was reasonable the above raised questions to users, who ask Who am i? how he is so sure of what he mentions. Who am i? then claims that he had the opportunity to see and know some things about the stage presentation of about ten countries.

What is of particular importance for Greece is the following:

So according to what he reveals, a country that will hold its first rehearsal on May 1 and is currently in the top ten of bets, will do much better than is now expected. In addition, he advises us to be patient, since a lot will change during the rehearsals.

The countries that have rehearsals on May 1 and are in the top ten of bets are Greece and Norway. However, knowing that Norway will perform on the stage of the contest almost the same that Subwoolfer performed in the final of MGP 2022, our mind automatically goes to the Greek participation. In his next comment he makes it even more obvious that he is referring to Greece.

Finally, Who am i? says some things about Poland as well. On the one hand, he does not think that it will go as well as most people think, but also that the stage presentation is not so different from the national final.

Who am i? gives his own prediction of the final winner of the competition, which he considers to be one of the women’s ballads, without specifying here which one he has in mind.

Are they just speculations? Are opinions based on data he knows? In very few days we will know. However, the truth in his words that we can also confirm, is that the stage presentation of the Greek participation is the telling of a story that will really move.

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United Kingdom: Listen to the acoustic version of “Space Man” by Sam Ryder!

A few hours ago representative of the United Kingdom, Sam Ryder, posted on his personal YouTube channel an acoustic version of his song “Space Man” with which he will represent his country in Eurovision 2022 after his internal selection.

Listen to the acoustic version of “Space Man” by Sam Ryder:

The United Kingdom competes directly in the Grand Final on May 14 and is currently one of the favorites to win by the betting odds.

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