Space Man

Sam Ryder single

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"Space Man"
The official cover for "Space Man"
Single by Sam Ryder
LanguageEnglish
Released22 February 2022
Length
  • 3:37 (original version)
  • 3:00 (ESC version)
LabelParlophone
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Koz
Eurovision Song Contest 2022 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Composer(s)
Lyricist(s)
  • Sam Ryder
  • Amy Wadge
  • Max Wolfgang
Entry chronology
◄ "Embers" (2021)

"Space Man" (stylised in all caps) is a 2022 single by British singer and TikTok star Sam Ryder. The song is currently scheduled to represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy after being internally selected by the BBC, the British broadcaster for the Eurovision Song Contest.[1]

Release

The song was released on 22 February 2022 on all major streaming platforms.[2]

Live performances

Ryder performed the song on BBC's The One Show the same day he was announced as the UK entrant for Eurovision 2022.[3] Ryder has also performed the song on the Nikolaos Tsitiridis Show whilst in Bulgaria recording the UK live on tape video for Eurovision.[4]

Eurovision Song Contest

Selection

On 21 October 2021, the day after the official list of participants in Eurovision 2022 was released, the BBC announced its plans for the British national selection, opting for an internal process no longer in collaboration with record label BMG, but with TaP Music instead. The management company's leading artists include Dua Lipa, Ellie Goulding and Lana Del Rey. Kate Phillips (BBC commissioning editor) stated that the new collaboration "will enable the BBC to tap into some great music talent" and that the broadcaster has "big ambitions for the 2022 contest".[5] On 25 January 2022, TaP revealed that they had started shortlisting potential acts for the contest – with both established, emerging and brand new artists having approached them for the Eurovision project – and that they had worked with BBC Radio 1 and Scott Mills in order to choose the British representative.[6]

Sam Ryder was announced as the chosen entrant with the song "Space Man" on 10 March 2022.[7][8] The entry was revealed by Scott Mills on BBC Radio 1's breakfast show with Greg James, with "Space Man" having previously featured as 'Tune of the Week' on Mills' afternoon show on Radio 1.[9]

At Eurovision

The Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will take place at PalaOlimpico in Turin, Italy, and will consist of two semi-finals held on 10 and 12 May, and the grand final on 14 May 2022. As the United Kingdom is a member of the "Big Five", their entry directly qualifies for the final, along with France, Germany, Spain, and Italy (also the host country in 2022).[10] In addition to their participation in the final, the United Kingdom is also required to broadcast and vote in one of the two semi-finals. In January, it was announced that the United Kingdom will be voting in the second semi-final of the contest.[11]

Critical reception

The Evening Standard described the song as "a solidly written pop song; whether it'll win over our European cousins remains to be seen."[12]

James Hall in The Daily Telegraph stated "Ryder represents our greatest hope of rising from the Eurovision ashes for years. [...] Not only can he sing, but he can perform too thanks to his time on the metal circuit and in Nashville. He has charisma. [...] Picking him is a clever move."[13]

Commercial reception

"Space Man" peaked at number 13 on the UK Official Singles Sales Chart Top 100 and at number 11 on the UK Official Singles Downloads Chart Top 100[14] on 18 March 2022.[15] On 20 March "Space Man" peaked at number 28 on The Official Big Top 40.[16]

Charts

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