Sam Ryder has said that the “stigma” around the UK’s Eurovision performance has finally been “destroyed” after it achieved our best result in 24 years.
The singer led the UK to second place during Saturday night’s Song Contest in Turin, Italy, with his song Space Man.
It was the highest the UK has placed since 1998, when Imaani’s Where Are You? she finished just behind Dana International from Israel, who won with her song Diva.
In the years since then, Britain has suffered a series of embarrassing moments, receiving the dreaded “null points” in 2003 with Jemini’s Cry Baby and in 2021 with James Newman’s Embers.
Following Saturday’s surprising result, Sam celebrated with BBC Eurovision semi-final commentators Scott Mills and Rylan Clark.
In a video Scott posted, he said: “We did it, we just destroyed the stigma!
“Thank you all for supporting. That was an amazing, amazing, rewarding journey. I hope you enjoyed coming on it.”
The UK led the voting for most of Saturday night’s results after Sam’s performance won out in the jury vote.