Sam Ryder laments Eurovision not being held in Ukraine

Sam Ryder, the TikTok star who earned Britain second place in last year’s Eurovision, has lamented that the singing competition cannot be held in war-torn Ukraine this year, for obvious reasons, despite their first place victory.

The 33 year old British singer was responsible for Britain’s highest positioning in decades on the Eurovision 2022 leader board, with ‘Space Man’.

Since rising to international fame, Ryder has also given performances at the late Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, and a Taylor Hawkins tribute concert.

Now, as the Russian invasion and conflict continues in Ukraine, Ryder is preparing to perform at a special concert to raise vital funds for charity War Child, as reported by Metro.

In an interview, the singer has lamented that Eurovision cannot be held in Ukraine, and has spoken out about the importance of the charity itself.

Ryder has said that he feels “honoured”, that he and his team are able to do something like this to address to the devastation in Ukraine.

He has encouraged everyone to celebrate War Child, as “it’s such an important charity”.

Ryder’s performance will be on Monday 26th September as part of the lead up to National Album Day on October 15th. The singer has described the partnership between this day and War Child as “beautiful”.

“Music is something…all of us turn to in trying times and dark times”…”I feel just a bit speechless but also incredibly honoured.”

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