UNITED KINGDOM – It was a big and happy surprise when SPACE MAN reveals the 2022 Eurovision entry of the UK. A song that definitely brought the UK back to the spotlight of media interest and an artist who is definitely loved by everyone no matter you like his song, you vote for him on May 14, or not.
What someone notices when listening to SPACE MAN is clearly the pure British pop-rock sound, my generation (at least) enjoyed in previous decades. SPACE MAN is about us, each one individually, how losing ourselves in a… space and need the motivation to return to “earth” seeking a good excuse to be better people, better lovers, better friends above all though, better human beings.
You can see in the interview how charismatic and communicative Sam is and although he is already pathing his way to the stardom remains the guy next door. You know what? That can actually bring him to the trophy. Some might disagree with that but it is the first time for many years now that I will not be surprised at all if the UK wins.
In the interview, we discussed the internal selection call, how the song was created and surprisingly I (Fotis) and Sam will do the same thing if we ever get the chance to have a spaceship of our own: we will head to the big bang.
We tried to get any info about the stage presentation but of course, we got nothing. Instead, there was another indication from BBC itself.
BBC Series Producer, Lee Smithurst says:
The staging is, obviously, the most talked-about aspect of the UK’s participation in the competition. Formerly the pioneers of inventive and unforgettable staging moments in Eurovision history, the UK’s only hurdle in recent years has been this. Due to financial constraints and stiff competition from everyone in Europe and Australia. Careful attention to Lee’s words in the podcast, however, suggests that we may be in for a surprise in Turin! The interview also indicates that Sam Ryder was heavily involved in the concept drawings and planning.
“One thing that I can say is that Sam knows exactly what he wants. Right from the way that he wants the instruments to sound on the track and the way that he wants the staging to look. He had concept ideas right from the very beginning and images he had ready to send through of how he’d seen it on stage. It’s come from Sam and it’s his vision of what he wants it to be. It’s being shipped out to Turin on a P&O ferry and then on a truck. So it should arrive in the next couple of days.”
ABOUT SAM RYDER
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.
special thanks to COBALT MUSIC and Nektarios Tyrakis for booking us the interview
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