Sam Ryder said backstage at the ‘Eurovision Song Contest’ was a ‘circus’ in the best possible way.
The 32-year-old singer – who shot to fame on TiKTok during lockdown – will represent the UK at the Eurovision Grand Final in Turin, Italy on Saturday night (14.05.22) and described the area in the backstage with the other acts as “normal” but “non-normal” all at the same time.
When asked what surprised him the most about taking part, he said: “How endearing it all is and how normal and real it is in a very abnormal way. It feels like to be backstage at a school play, but times a thousand – or more!
“But the stakes are much higher because you’re playing in front of 200 million people, but you’re sharing the big green room and someone is warming up next to a buffet table or someone is adjusting their dress near a drinks machine or warming up in the toilet. It’s very real. Not glitzy in some ways, but it’s also glitzy somewhere. It’s very like the movie ‘Sing’!”
The ‘Tiny Riot’ hitmaker also revealed he received words of encouragement from fellow star Lucie Jones – who represented the UK at Eurovision in 2017 before more recently taking on the role star in the hit West End musical ‘Wicked’ – and said the pair can relate backstage to the ‘circus’.
He told BANG Showbiz and other outlets, “Lucie Jones [has been in touch]. She represented us a few years ago and I want to pay tribute to her. Speaking of amazing singers, wow! Her tone and technical abilities as a singer are so admirable and she just got the role of Elphaba in “Wicked” and she’s smashing it. I saw her on opening night and she sent me messages of support, because she knows exactly what all this kind of circus looks like.
“And it’s a circus in the way you’d expect – in the best way!”
Whatever the outcome, Sam revealed his plans for celebrating after the performance were to simply sit in front of the TV with a curry and watch himself on “Gogglebox.”
He said: “I’m going to go home and have a curry with my family and my grandpa and watch ‘Gogglebox’. Which is weird because I’ll probably be on ‘Gogglebox’! We’re getting very meta at this point. !”
‘The Eurovision Song Contest’ will air on Saturday evening (14.05.22) from 8pm on BBC One, with Graham Norton as host.
Check local listings for other ways to watch.