Eurovision 2022: Sam Ryder and Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra may collab
Sam Ryder, who made the UK proud after coming second at the Eurovision Song Contest, has revealed he’s been ‘chatting’ with Ukrainian winners Kalush Orchestra about a potential collaboration.
The 32-year-old TikTok singer – whose anthem Space Man nabbed the UK’s best result in two decades – has revealed he wants to do something ‘Beastie Boys’ style with Kalush Orchestra.
The Ukrainian entry won the contest following a huge show of support for their catchy song Stefania.
When asked by co-host Sonny Jay on Roman Kemp’s Breakfast Show whether he had ‘something special coming’ with the group, Sam replied: ‘Yeah, maybe. We’ve been chatting.
‘Because the build-up before the big night is two months long – you’re doing the pre-parties, which are basically like shows, mini-Eurovisions, that the fans absolutely are stoked about.
‘And yeah, so you get to know everyone, and we’ve been chatting for a while and sharing demos and stuff like that. So watch this space. Hopefully, I’d love to do something proper like guitar-heavy Beastie Boys with them, I think that would be sick.’
Discussing Ukraine’s victory, and how Eurovision symbolises ‘solidarity and kindness’, Sam continued: ‘I think it’s so important because that’s what Eurovision to me has always been about.
‘Since I’ve been a kid, I’ve been a fan of it for years, it’s about standing for something and showing solidarity and kindness, and it was important to use that platform for everyone to just get behind them. And those guys are wicked, the song is also a banger, it gives me massive Beastie Boys vibes and I just couldn’t be happier for them.’
There was another special moment during the contest during which Sam could be seen hugging Swiss entrant Marius Bear after he got nil points.
Commenting on the hug, Sam said: ‘Yeah, he is such a legend and a lovely guy and he doesn’t need to be hugged, but he is resilient and has got such a strength of character.
‘He’s an amazing person, a wicked heart, a wicked voice and a wicked talent, but you know when you just see another human being and you just wanna be like “I wanna give that bloke a hug” because someone getting up on that stage and having the courage to express themselves and sing doesn’t deserve zero in any way.’
Meanwhile, Sam has revealed he would love to go to space after his epic Eurovision performance.
In an exclusive interview with Metro’s Guilty Pleasures, Sam said: ‘A hundred per cent. Yes. Absolutely. I was hanging out with real astronaut in the Netherlands called Andre. He’s basically the equivalent of our Brian Cox, if Brian was also an astronaut.
‘He was talking me through all of his experiences with going up into space. Since I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut, which was the inspiration for the song.’
He also said he’d love to collaborate with Sia, an early supporter of his singing videos.
‘I have a good feeling it could happen… She played a big part in the beginning of all of this, because she was one of the first people to share my videos, just rooting for me and being generous with her kindness.’
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