Sam Ryder mentioned he felt “fantastic” and that he would have a household curry as quickly as he arrived dwelling as he touched down within the UK a day after coming second within the Eurovision Song Contest.
The British hopeful delighted followers at dwelling by topping the nationwide jury vote with 283 factors, beating favourites Spain and Sweden, within the nation’s greatest end in 20 years.
Landing at London’s Heathrow Airport on Sunday night, the jubilant singer wore a pink Kalush Orchestra hat, celebrating the Ukrainian winners of this yr’s competitors which was held in Turin, Italy.
Ryder, who was carrying a champagne-shaped balloon and a Union Jack flag, mentioned he was feeling “fantastic” and added that he had an “incredible experience, such a rewarding experience”.
Claiming he “didn’t expect” a reception, he paused to take selfies and chat to followers who had waited for his arrival on a flight from Milan.
“It’s just lovely to come home and feel that joy and love we’ve felt the whole time, though I am tired now – just want to focus on having a nice sleep tonight,” he mentioned.
Asked the very first thing he would do when he bought dwelling, Ryder laughed and answered: “Have a curry with my family.”
More than eight million individuals within the UK tuned in to observe Ryder’s Eurovision triumph on Saturday.
The 32-year-old TikTok star gained over the viewers together with his uplifting pop tune Space Man, dazzling in a one-piece swimsuit encrusted with beads and pearls.
In a press release, the BBC mentioned: “Sam’s efficiency was merely out of this world and we couldn’t be prouder of him, attaining the very best end in 20 years for the United Kingdom on the Eurovision Song Contest, together with profitable the jury vote.
“Kalush Orchestra’s performance was incredible and generated a reaction both in the arena and around the globe like no other – we offer huge congratulations to Ukraine on their win.”
An common of 8.9 million individuals tuned in to observe the competitors on BBC One, with a peak viewing determine of 10.6 million, the company mentioned.
Last yr, 7.4 million individuals watched as UK hopeful James Newman scored zero factors and got here backside of the leaderboard.
This yr’s competitors was gained by Ukraine’s folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra with their tune Stefania.
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned in a Facebook put up: “Our courage impresses the world our music conquers Europe!”
“Next yr Ukraine will host Eurovision!
“For the third time in its history. And I believe – not for the last time.”
Martin Osterdahl, Eurovision’s govt supervisor, mentioned in a press release that the organisation’s consideration has turned to subsequent yr’s competitors and its “unique challenges”.
Ryder discovered fame masking songs on TikTok throughout lockdown, amassing 12 million followers and catching the eye of world stars together with Justin Bieber and Alicia Keys.
He was chosen in a brand new collaboration between the BBC and international music administration firm TaP Music, which additionally revamped the promotional marketing campaign.
The new technique included guaranteeing Ryder’s single, Space Man, bought performed on BBC Radio 1 as a substitute of Radio 2, and concentrating on smaller nations corresponding to San Marino, Serbia, Croatia and Malta, which have the identical voting powers as bigger nations corresponding to Germany.