Eurovision candidate Sam Ryder said his enthusiasm for the competition was “a lot bigger than my fears”.
He’s the singer-songwriter who will be performing the track Space Man at the grand finale in Turin, Italy, in May.
Ryder has found fame covering songs on TikTok during the lockdown, amassing 12 million followers and hopes to translate his online fanbase to support in the singing competition, regardless despite the UK’s recent poor performance.
Asked if he was worried about the fact that the UK had scored so poorly in recent years, with last year’s entry James Newman scoring no marks, he told ITV’s This Morning: ” I understand what you are saying and believe me, it is something I considered a lot before saying yes to this opportunity.
“But for all of that, I love it so much. I’ve been watching it since I was a kid and my enthusiasm is much greater than my fears, because I love singing and singing is about connecting with people.
“It’s about connecting with the people who have supported you and for me over the last two years so many wonderful, lovely people across Europe have watched my videos on social media and supported me and have been able to come there and went to Turin on May 14 and sang for some of those people.
“I can’t think right now I’m not marked as a singer or artist and performer.
“If I let my fear of my place on the scoreboard determine what I want to do with it in any aspect of my life right now… That would be Eurovision, but I’m sure it will. the things later in my life that I don’t ‘don’t want to define fear, I want to go there and sing my head. “
Ryder said he was counting on people at home who also gathered behind him during the run to the competition, saying: “We could talk about the staging and the song itself, the performance of the night, but ultimately I think we need to focus on positivity at home.
“Think of it this way: if you’re watching TV for the first time, and your friends and family say, ‘Yeah, nobody really liked that TV show, I don’t know if you watch it to well done. but good luck. ‘
“You’re going to walk into that show and feel a bit like you’re not going to be yourself, you’re not going to flow.
“I think we have a lot of answers just in gathering and going behind and shining.”
Ryder co-wrote the song Space Man with Grammy-winning musician Amy Wadge, who previously worked with Ed Sheeran and Max Wolfgang.
As the world shut down in March 2020, Ryder began uploading covers to TikTok, attracting the attention of global stars including Justin Bieber and Alicia Keys.
He then signed to record label Parlophone, part of Warner Music Group, and released his debut EP The Sun’s Gonna Rise in 2021.
The Eurovision final will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer and on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds on 14 May from 8pm.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/eurovision-hopeful-sam-ryder-my-enthusiasm-is-greater-than-my-fear-41453708.html Eurovision hopeful Sam Ryder: My enthusiasm is bigger than my fear