Eurovision 2022: Sam Ryder celebrates the “destruction of stigma” after the 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 as he celebrated his incredible runner-up finish after the final.

The results of this year’s contest were fierce to say the least, with Sam leading the way after the judging panel vote and looking like a win could be on the cards.

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

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

As the trio hugged each other, Sam grinned from ear to ear as she happily exclaimed about “busting the stigma.”

‘I just destroyed the stigma! Thank you all for your support. It was an incredible, incredible and rewarding trip. I hope you liked it!’ he told the camera, as chants for the UK could be heard in the background.

At the end of the video, Rylan joined in the chanting while dragging Sam away, as Scott blew the camera a kiss.

In another video shared by Scott, Sam said the “work is done” after Eurovision ended.

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

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

Sam Ryder at Eurovision

The UK couldn’t be more proud of Sam (Photo: AFP via Getty Images)

“There are other countries like Norway, they have lost 11 times – God bless Norway – but they don’t have that.” You know what I mean?’

Following the end of the final, UK fans congratulated Sam on his performance, while congratulating Ukraine on their victory.

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

“Well done #Ukraine 👏🏻 Brilliant stuff @SamRyderMusic…you took us to the left side of the charts and showed us that maybe everyone doesn’t hate us as much as we thought 😂 #Eurovision,” wrote newscaster Dan Walker.

Eurovision is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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