Sam Ryder hopes that his second place in the UK Song Contest has helped break the stigma surrounding the event. The singer spoke to BBC breakfast He hopes that more artists and new talents will dare to represent their country.
Ryder finished second behind Ukraine on Saturday night with his number Space man† Received a jury vote and placed fifth in the audience vote. It was the UK’s best score since 1998, when singer Imani also took second place.
In recent years, the UK has barely managed to break the Eurovision Song Contest. Last year, James Newman scored no points at all and was last in the top ten in 2009. The feeling among Britons was that there was no success because Europe, especially after Brexit, did not give them.
Ryder hopes to put an end to this with his successful engagement. “Our goal from the start has been to remove the stigma. I really think it depends on nothing. The Eurovision Song Contest is a beautiful thing to celebrate. Life is too short not to enjoy the Eurovision.”
“Now that we’ve shown some positivity, I hope all UK talent will knock on the door for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.”
Meanwhile, Ryder battles Harry Styles for number one spot in the UK charts, according to reports. Official Charts† It is the first time in a long time that a UK entry into Eurovision has been a hit in her own country.
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