Sam Ryder's SPACE MAN to rocket into UK Top 10 after record-breaking Eurovision success

Sam Ryder gained the most points of any UK Eurovision entry ever last night, finishing in second place behind Ukraine.

Following his second place finish at the Eurovision Song Contest last night, Sam Ryder is set to soar into the UK Top 10 for the first time this Friday with SPACE MAN. 

In what proved to be a nail-biting finish, the UK - who had been leading at the top of the leaderboard with the jury votes - lost out to Ukraine's entry the Kalush Orchestra who surged to victory with a staggering 631 points for the song Stefania.

SPACE MAN gained 466 points through both the jury and public votes - the highest score the UK has ever seen in the competition, and our highest placing since Imaani also finished in the runner-up position with Where Are You? in 1998.

And Sam's success is also going to pay off on the UK's Official Charts. In our mid-week First Look Update, SPACE MAN is tracking to rocket into the UK Top 10, currently at Number 8. It would be both Sam's first Top 10 in the UK, and the first UK Eurovision entry to enter the Top 10 since Scooch's Flying The Flag (For You) in 2007. 

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What's even more exciting is that today's mid-week chart position doesn't take into account any streaming numbers SPACE MAN may have gained since Eurovision - so expect the song to rise further, into the Top 5 and maybe even challenging for Number 1 later this week!

Sam's success at Eurovision also helps to buck the trend for a series of disappointing results for the UK at the contest, culminating in a rare nul points finish last year for 2021 entrant James Newman. 

SPACE MAN had a unique journey to the Eurovision stage; it was part of a new hybrid-experiment where music management firm TaP (who helped mastermind the careers of Dua Lipa and Lana Del Rey) helped pick the song and artist to represent the UK.

TikTok has been instrumental to Sam's rise; he's the most successful British musician on the social media platform and following a series of viral cover videos during lockdown, signed a major label deal with Parlophone.

Read more about Sam Ryder and his journey to Eurovision in our interview with the SPACE MAN star here.

Make sure to stay tuned to for all the latest updates on SPACE MAN's exciting post-Eurovision chart trajectory!

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