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Eurovision legend Sam Ryder to open 2022 Formula 1 Grand Prix

Sam Ryder says it is an ‘honour’ to get to play at the Formula 1 Grand Prix (Picture: PA)

Sam Ryder’s career is hitting new heights as the star has been confirmed to open the 2022 Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The Space Man singer has enjoyed phenomenal popularity since earning the UK’s best result in decades at the 2022 Eurovision.

Having returned home to a hero’s welcome, and belted out a stunning performance for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, the singer is now preparing to take on a new audience.

The Essex singer-songwriter, who first rose to prominence on TikTok, is set to open the Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone this July.

With over 400,000 spectators set to visit on the first weekend and 142,000 present on race day, Sam will perform to millions watching in-person and from home, as fans tune in from across the globe.

Speaking about the opportunity, Sam said it was an ‘honour’ to get to play at the iconic event.

The star has enjoyed massive success since his Eurovision performance, recently singing his hit song for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (Picture: Getty Images)

He said: ‘From Eurovision to being invited to play the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Concert, the past few months have been a whirlwind and taught me that you can never dream too big!

‘Since I was a kid I’ve always been a huge fan of Formula 1, and to combine that with music and performing at such a legendary event on the British sporting calendar is an honour.’

The star will open the ceremony with a rendition of the national anthem before heading to the Main Stage in the Formula 1 Fanzone as part of the postrace concert.

Singer Sam clinched the UK’s best result in decades at Eurovision 2022 (Picture: Getty Images)

As well as the Eurovision legend, the concert will also feature performances by headline act Mabel, supported by rising star Alfie Templemann.

Interviews with Formula 1 drivers will also feature on-stage during the event.

The news comes shortly after it was revealed the UK could host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, with winners Ukraine unable due to the continued invasion by Russian armed forces.

With Sam having come second to Kalush Orchestra after first topping the jury vote, the BBC are in talks to put on one of the biggest events in the European music calender.

The song contest was won by Kalush Orchestra, but the 2023 concert could be held in the UK due to the ongoing war (Picture: Getty Image)

In a statement, the EBU said there was ‘deep regret’ over the decision to not host 2023’s contest in Ukraine, but that the reigning champs ‘will be reflected in next year’s shows.’

Multiple UK cities have put forward their names in the hopes they could host the massive event, with London Mayor Sadiq Khan putting London forward as an option.

Other cities keen to take on the gig include Liverpool and Glasgow, with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon already expressing her desire for the event to come to the city.

However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spoken of his wish for Ukraine to keep the gig, after meeting with Zelensky on Friday. 

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