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Ryder will be entering with his track ‘Space Man’, which you can hear below.
“Having been a fan of Eurovision since I was a kid, 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,” said Ryder following the announcement.
“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!”
Ryder found viral acclaim after he started posting covers and at-home karaoke tracks at the beginning of lockdown in March 2020. By the end of the year, he was crowned TikTok’s most popular artist account.
It was announced last year that TaP Music – the global music publishing and management company behind the likes of Dua Lipa and Lana Del Rey – will collaborate with the BBC to choose a track and artist to represent the UK at the Song Contest.
— BBC Eurovision🇬🇧 (@bbceurovision) March 10, 2022
TaP Music co-founder Ben Mawson said: “The search has taken many months and has presented us with lots of dilemmas and difficult decision making as to which direction to go in for our act. We had incredible interest from across the music industry, from unsigned talent through to established artists with number 1 albums, however we settled on Sam because of his combination of extraordinary vocals and a wonderful song that references so many classic British musical influences.”
TaP have also announced their plans to donate their entire consultancy fee to MOAS, the humanitarian charity designed to bring medical relief and first response services to those impacted by escalating violence and war – with a current focus across Ukraine.
As part of the #MOAS emergency relief fund for #Ukraine, we are deploying medics and mobile medical units to the field. Your donation can help the #MOASMissionUkraine and save lives. https://t.co/VngpvNIFZA pic.twitter.com/XnTc3xcuM1
— MOAS (@moas_eu) March 9, 2022
Meanwhile, Russia was recently banned from competing in this year’s Eurovision following backlash to an earlier statement from organisers saying the country would be allowed to compete despite launching a military assault on Ukraine.
Ukraine officially severed diplomatic ties with Russia, and declared martial law, after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an attack on the neighbouring nation last month.
Ukraine’s entrant, Alina Pash, will also no longer represent her home country at this year’s event, the competition also recently announced.