|For 2022, the BBC once again opted for an internal selection process that did not involve any public participation. |
The BBC had announced a collaboration between BBC Studios and TaP Music to select and produce its entry for the 2022 contest on 10th October 2021.
On 10th March 2022, it was announced that Sam Ryder would represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy. Ryder had over 12 million followers and 100 million likes on TikTok at the time and was reported to be the most followed UK music artist on the platform.
The United Kingdom song - entitled Space Man and written by Ryder, Amy Wadge and Max Wolfgang - was revealed by Scott Mills on Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James on 10th March 2022. The song had previously featured as Tune of the Week on Scott Mills’ Afternoon Show on BBC Radio 1.
Sam Ryder performing Space Man at The Eurovision Song Contest 2022
At The Eurovision Song Contest 2022
|At the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy on Saturday 14th May 2022, Space Man finished in 2nd place with a total of 466 points, comprised of 283 points from the professional juries and 183 points from the public televote. |
Graham Norton provided the TV commentary for BBC One. Ken Bruce provided the radio commentary for BBC Radio 2. A J Odudu acted as BBC spokesperson, announcing the results of the United Kingdom professional jury.
The professional jury of industry experts for the United Kingdom was made up of Adam Hunter (Singer; one half of electro-pop duo Hyyts), Denise Pearson (BRIT award winning singer; member of Five Star), Eliot Kennedy (Songwriter, record producer and recording artist), Matthew Xia (Former BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Excalibah), and Helen George (Actress; Call The Midwife star).
Scott Mills and Rylan Clark provided the TV commentary for BBC Three for the semi-finals held on Tuesday 10th May 2022 and Thursday 12th May 2022.