Eurovisions Sam Ryder refuses to focus on strategic scores ahead of finale

Sam Ryder has recently jetted out to Turin, Italy, ahead of this weekend's Eurovision Song Contest grand finale, where he hopes to win the hearts of the continent.

Despite the UK often finishing far from the top spot, Sam admits that he's not thinking of the scores ahead of his performance of Space Man.

Sam, 32, had his first brush with fame during the coronavirus lockdown, entertaining fans on TikTok and has since gone on to gather over 12 million followers.

He's now the most followed UK artist on the video-sharing site but admits he's not going to be thinking of that.

Ahead of the contest on May 14, he said: "My personal goal for this is to sing with the same intention that I always sing with, and then come away with the joy that it has given me.

"I don't want to treat it any different to being in an empty room singing, and the joy I was getting and the happiness that I was feeling from singing in that way.

"If I change my relationship to singing, it's a dangerous thing because I'm messing with something that has been such an important part of my life."

While the UK may have been bottom of the leaderboard for the past two competitions, this isn't something that Sam is thinking of and has no plans on changing.

He explained: "To make it strategic and to make it so that the happiness it gives me is dependent on where I come on a scoreboard is something I really don't want to mess with.

"I want to focus on the fact that I've been asked to do it.

"I've been invited to share the stage with amazing performers from all over Europe, celebrating music and songwriting, they are the facts that I can hold on to and put my positive energy and focus into."

The official BBC Eurovision Instagram account recently shared a video of Sam's journey to Turin which saw him take to the stage to rehearse for his performance.

He was instantly inundated with support from the nation, with Steps' Lisa Scott-Lee penning: "Come on @samhairwolfryder Your country needs that incredible voice of yours!!"

"If only they could bottle what this man has. Just an absolute joy to watch him living his absolute best life," said another.

Before a third commented: "You deserve the best!! You have a wonderful gift… Your voice… You have accompanied me so much from a distance."

This year, Russia is banned from participating in the competition following their invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

The European Broadcasting Union said in a statement that the inclusion of a Russian entry would bring the contest into "disrepute".

Eurovision will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer from 8pm on Saturday, May 14.

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