Sam Ryder delighted crowds in Manchester this week with a surprise busking session on the street.
The Eurovision icon has had an absolutely stellar year, from clinching the UK’s best result in the competition in decades, to performing at the late Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.
Sam’s career is still rocketing upwards – no apology for the pun – as he’s set to host a special New Year’s Eve TV show, and his debut album out on Friday.
It’s hard to believe that, with the massive success Sam’s found already, that he has yet to release an album, but his debut There’s Nothing But Space, Man! drops on December 9, with his masses of dedicated fans having waited months for this moment.
And while the star has a huge following online, Sam took to the streets this week to promote the album the old fashioned way.
The Space Man singer was seen belting out his Eurovision hit, new single All The Way Over and much more in Manchester City Centre on Thursday.
Dressed in a thick blue jacket and baggy marine pants to combat the cold, Sam wore his trademark long blonde hair loose down his back as he treated crowds to tracks from the upcoming album.
Attracting an impressive crowd despite the freezing temperatures thanks to his incredible voice, Sam was seen stopping for chars and photos with fans.
The young musician was also snapped handing out flyers with information about his about-to-be-released record, and even proudly posed for the camera holding one up.
With There’s Nothing But Space, Man! about to be released, Sam is gearing up for an extremely busy few months – not least the UK hosting the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.
Before all that though, Sam will host his very own TV celebration on BBC One to ring in the new year, titled Sam Ryder’s All Star New Year’s Eve.
The celebration will see our Sam joined by some of music’s biggest stars with hits spanning the decades.
Announcing the exciting news on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, the Space Man singer said: ‘I can’t think of a better way to round off 2022 than singing some of my favourite songs with some very special guests.
‘It’s been such an incredible 12 months full of fabulous blessings thanks to fabulous people, and I’m so excited to bring in 2023 with you! As always, thank you for the opportunity.’
Meanwhile, he told Metro.co.uk it was ‘bittersweet’ that the 2023 Eurovision would be held in the UK, knowing how ‘important’ it was to Ukraine.
‘Having met [Kalush Orchestra] I know how important it was to them, and rightfully so, that Eurovision be hosted at home in Ukraine,’ he said.
‘Because they were trying to shine a light on the situation over there through music. They did that, and it was amazing to be part of it in Turin this year.
‘That it’s over here [in 2023], I feel it’s something to do with myself and the team and our efforts, but ultimately it’s their party and we’re just throwing it in our back garden.’
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