British Eurovision star’s Space Man takes second place in singles chart
Singer Sam Ryder took second place on the UK Singles Chart, a week after winning second place in the Eurovision Song Contest.
His song, Space Man, was in a battle with Harry Styles to be number one this week after his valiant performance for the UK on Saturday.
But Styles narrowly prevailed to earn his seventh straight week at the top.
By reaching number two, Ryder secured the highest ranking for a British Eurovision entry since 1996.
This is the year Gina G hit No. 1 with Ooh Ahh… Just A Little Bit.
Space Man looked on course for number one when he edged out Styles’ As It Was earlier this week.
But the former One Direction singer clung to his charts crown, despite renewed support for the Eurovision song following Ryder’s performance in the final in Italy.
Ryder, from Maldon, Essex, had hopes of victory when he topped the jury scoreboard. But it was surpassed by the Kalush Orchestra of Ukraine when the audience votes were added.
Their winning song, Stefania, also entered the UK chart this week, at number 38.
Speaking to Scott Mills on the official BBC Radio 1 broadcast on Friday, Ryder said he was “emotional in the best possible way”, and that two was “definitely my lucky number”.
Space Man was first released on February 22, 2022 and was 22nd in the Eurovision running order.
Meanwhile, Eurovision organizers gave details of ‘unprecedented’ irregularities in the jury votes from six countries in the second semi-final of this year’s contest, but said they weren’t did not affect qualifying or the final standings.
Suspicious jury voting patterns have been detected in scores from juries in San Marino, Georgia, Romania, Poland, Montenegro and Azerbaijan, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said.
Organizers said the suspicious pattern was detected before the results were compiled and announced.
The six countries involved had their votes replaced by a “replacement cumulative result” in the second semi-final and the grand final, based on the results of other countries with similar voting records.
The EBU said it had “discussed the jury models with the relevant broadcasters and given them the opportunity to further investigate the jury voting in their country”.