On the sixth day of rehearsals for Eurovision 2022, we not only experienced second rehearsals from acts in both the first and second semi-finals, but also the first rehearsals of the Big Five countries: France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. The third of these to rehearse today was the UK, who are represented by Sam Ryder.
Sam Ryder’s first rehearsal
The next of the Big Five acts to take to the Eurovision 2022 stage at the Pala Alpitour in Turin was the UK’s Sam Ryder. He will sing the song “Space Man” at Eurovision 2022 after being chosen through an internal selection.
Following Sam Ryder’s first rehearsal, a clip was posted on TikTok. The clip showed them before and after he took to the Eurovision stage for the first time. The clip also gave us some insight into how well his rehearsal went.
What did we learn about Sam Ryder’s staging?
According to the official Eurovision blog, the UK has brought the largest prop of any delegations so far, in the shape of a four or five metre-high winged metal structure. It lights up as Sam stands in the middle of an illuminated circular plinth in the centre, clad in a black zip-up skydiver’s jumpsuit. Apparently, the final 20 seconds of the performance “take a turn from the recorded version,” but we’ll have to wait for the rehearsal clip to drop before reporting back here with more details. Colour us intrigued!
What did we think of The UK’s first rehearsal?
Rosie has given her initial thoughts and opinions on The UK’s staging. You can see what she thought on our TikTok here:
About Sam Ryder
Sam Ryder isn’t a newcomer to the music scene. However, he experienced his greatest rise to fame during the first Covid lockdown. In 2020, Sam was the most viewed UK artist on social media platform TikTok. To date, he has amassed over 16 million followers on the platform. His latest release before his UK Eurovision entry was “More”.
The United Kingdom’s Eurovision Journey
Despite a recent slump in results, the UK is one of the most successful countries at the Eurovision Song Contest. Debuting at the second edition ever of the Contest in 1957, the United Kingdom has won the competition on five separate occasions. The most recent win for the UK was in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves, singing “Love Shine A Light”. The UK also holds the record for the number of second-place finishes – currently at 15.
In 2021, the UK was represented by James Newman with his song “Embers”. However, the performance failed to impress juries or televoters, finishing in last place with zero points.
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News Source: EBU
Photo Source: Jack Munsch