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Photo: EBU / Corinne Cumming

The high notes that 'SPACE MAN' hit for the United Kingdom at Eurovision

The song fell just short of winning in Turin, but with its runner-up finish, 'SPACE MAN' brought the United Kingdom back to the top end of the Eurovision Song Contest scoreboard. We take a look at some of the achievements that Sam Ryder earned for his country at the 2022 Contest.

Sam Ryder performing SPACE MAN, representing United Kingdom at the 2022 Eurovision Song ContestEBU / Corinne Cumming

With 466 points awarded at the 2022 Grand Final, SPACE MAN is the highest scoring United Kingdom Eurovision entry of all time.

Sam Ryder’s SPACE MAN gave the United Kingdom its best result at the Eurovision Song Contest since 1998, when Imaani also finished in second-place, with Where Are You.

United Kingdom’s Sam Ryder on the Turquoise Carpet at the 2022 Opening CeremonyEBU / Sarah Louise Bennett

The 2022 runner-up result for SPACE MAN is the United Kingdom’s first Top 10 finish since 2011, first Top 5 finish since 2009 and first Top 3 finish in two decades, since 2002.

The United Kingdom won the jury vote at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest.

SPACE MAN received the most sets of 12 points from the national juries (tied with Spain), with eight sets of maximum points.

The United Kingdom’s Sam RyderEBU / Corinne Cumming

Over half of the 40 juries gave the United Kingdom one of their top-three sets of points of either 12, 10 or 8.

With SPACE MAN, Sam Ryder scored the third-highest jury vote score in Eurovision history, with 283 points.

In the jury vote, the United Kingdom only failed to score points from four countries: Armenia, Australia, Croatia and Greece.

Sam’s space, manEBU / Sarah Louise Bennett

If you added up all of the points received by the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest from 2010 to 2021, it would still be below Sam Ryder’s points tally of 466 in 2022.

Sam Ryder brought some Eurovision pride to his nation: the United Kingdom delivered the largest TV audience of all markets in 2022 with 8.9 million viewers watching the Grand Final, up 20% on 2021.

United Kingdom’s Sam Ryder, runner-up at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Grand Final EBU / Sarah Louise Bennett

Cheering on SPACE MAN gave the UK its highest viewing figures for the Eurovision Song Contest since 2011. The Grand Final was the most-watched televised programme in the UK of 2022, before being surpassed by Platinum Party at the Palace, at which Sam Ryder also performed SPACE MAN.

SPACE MAN has so far peaked at Number 2 on the UK singles chart, becoming the highest-charting Eurovision song on the official UK chart since Gina G’s Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit in 1996, which went to Number 1.

Sam Ryder’s second-place finish in Turin marked the 16th time that the United Kingdom has finished runner-up at the Contest.

📺 Watch: Sam Ryder performing SPACE MAN at the Eurovision Grand Final

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