Eurovision is an international music competition that is organised annually by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), featuring participants representing various European countries. It’s an extremely popular event across Europe that fetches millions of viewers every year. Eurovision 2022 is being hosted by Italy and is expected to attract the attention of around 200 Million viewers.
The Big 5 of EUROVISION
Every year about 40 countries enter the Eurovision music competition. This year there will be 41 countries competing. The United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, and Italy are known as “The Big Five” – the five largest contributors to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). These countries are given a free pass into the grand final because they are part of ‘The Big Five.’
This year’s Eurovision Competition has already had its first semi-final on Tuesday (May 10), and second semi-final on Thursday (May 12) ahead of the grand finale which is on May 14. As one of the biggest financial contributors, members of the big 5: The UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain are already in the grand finale.
Who is Sam Ryder?
Sam Ryder is an English singer-songwriter and a famous social media personality. Ryder first began to gain fame through his music covers on the popular short video social media platform TikTok, where his videos received millions of views during the first Corona (COVID-19) Pandemic Lockdown. Today, Ryder has 12 Million followers on TikTok, making him the most followed UK music artist on the platform. Sam Ryder’s name is trending alongside Eurovision 2022 because he has been announced as the UK’s entry to the competition for 2022 and people have high hopes from the singer.
Ryder will reportedly perform the track Space Man at the grand final in Turin, Italy, in May. The singer co-wrote the song Space Man with Grammy-winning songwriter Amy Wadge, who has previously worked with Max Wolfgang and Ed Sheeran.
“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.
The Eurovision grand final will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer and on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.