Eurovision 2022: Sam Ryder celebrates ‘destroying stigma’ after final

It’s time to celebrate! (Photo: Twitter/@scott_mills)

Sam Ryder may not have won Eurovision 2022 for the UK, but he was far from disappointed when he celebrated his incredible second-place finish after the final.

The results of this year’s competition were a heart-pounding affair to say the least, with Sam leading the standings after the jury vote and looking like a win was on the way.

However, the televote confirmed that Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra had reigned supreme, with fans praising Sam as a “national hero” and urging him to be knighted.

While Twitter was flooded with messages congratulating the singer on his brilliant run in the competition, radio host Scott Mills shared a behind-the-scenes video of himself with TV presenter Rylan Clark and the British man of the moment, Sam himself.

As the trio wrapped their arms around each other, Sam grinned from ear to ear as he gleefully exclaimed about “destroying the stigma.”

‘Just destroyed the stigma! Thanks everyone for supporting. That was an unbelievable, unbelievable, rewarding journey. I hope you liked it!’ he said to the camera, as chants for the UK were heard in the background.

At the end of the video, Rylan joined in singing as he pulled Sam away while Scott blew a kiss at the camera.

In another video Scott shared, Sam said it was a ‘job’ after the Eurovision Song Contest ended.

During an interview with ahead of the final, Sam opened up about the stigma that seems to exist at Eurovision in the UK, describing the negative attitude towards the competition as ‘toxic’.

“I’d love it if we could even have a conversation about that negative stigma and how it’s perpetuated, how we got to where we are now, where it’s become so almost toxic, that we believe Europe has the doesn’t like the UK,” he said.

Sam Ryder at Eurovision

The UK couldn’t be prouder of Sam (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

β€œThere are other countries like Norway that have lost 11 times – God bless Norway – but they haven’t. Do you know what I mean?’

After the final ended, fans from the UK praised Sam for how well he did, while congratulating Ukraine on their win.

Blue – who entered Eurovision in 2011, wrote on Twitter: ‘Well done @SamRyderMusic. We are so proud of you, thank you for carrying the flag.’

“Well done #Ukraine πŸ‘πŸ» Brilliant stuff @SamRyderMusic … you took us to the left of the leaderboard and showed us that maybe not everyone hates us as much as we thought πŸ˜‚ #Eurovision,” news channel Dan Walker wrote.

Eurovision can be viewed on BBC iPlayer.

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