Following an extensive search, headed by 2022 partners, the global music management and publishing company TaP Music, the BBC today confirms that singer-songwriter Sam Ryder will be representing the United Kingdom at the 66th Eurovision Song Contest, set to be held in Turin, Italy in May 2022 with the song Space Man.
UK's television coverage of the world's biggest and most watched song competition will be produced and broadcast from Salford, with the points awarded by the UK professional jury announced live from dock10 studios.
With over 12 million followers and 100 million likes on TikTok, Sam is currently the most followed UK music artist on the platform.
The news was exclusively revealed by Scott Mills on Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James earlier today (Thursday 10 March) with Space Man having previously featured as Tune Of The Week on Scott Mills' Afternoon Show on BBC Radio 1.
As the world went into lockdown in March 2020, Sam uploaded the first of his now famous covers onto the popular social media platform and his extraordinary vocals quickly caught the attention of celebrity fans including Justin Bieber, Sia and Alicia Keys, who even posted her own video reacting to Sam's cover of her song If I Ain't Got You. As the videos kept coming so did the fans, with his social media standing on TikTok, Instagram and Facebook now at well over 17 million followers.
Having signed to Parlophone (part of Warner Music Group), one of the most famous companies in the history of the music industry, Sam's star has continued to rise. His debut EP was released in 2021 which has so far amassed over 100 million global streams with singles Whirlwind and Tiny Riot topping the worldwide iTunes charts. Sam has also just completed his first sold-out UK tour.
Sam Ryder co-wrote Space Man with Grammy-winning songwriter Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud) and Max Wolfgang.
Sam Ryder says: "Having been a fan of Eurovision since I was a kid l 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. 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!"
TaP Music co-founders Ben Mawson and Ed Millett say: "The Eurovision Song Contest is truly a cultural phenomenon and an amazing opportunity - with 200 million viewers – for the right performer. As well as Sam having an amazing voice - Space Man is an instant song that we're confident will really connect. Not to mention he's also an extremely likeable and engaging character - as evidenced by his TikTok following."