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UK's Sam Ryder declared Eurovision 'winner' before final has even started after rehearsal vote

By Simon Duke & Sarah Leonard

A rehearsal vote during the rehearsal of Eurovision meant that the UK's hopeful, Sam Ryder, was announced as the winner. Unfortunately this doesn't mean that the Brit has won the actual competition, as the live final won't take place until 8pm GMT later this evening (Saturday, 14 May).

But we can all remain hopeful as the bearded singer, 32, is tipped as one of the favourites to win, according to the bookies. Although he still has to face off against the favourites, Ukraine's hip hop band Kalush Orchestra who will be standing in his way.

In what could be a positive omen, Sam was called as the winner during Friday afternoon’s rehearsal, reports Chronicle Live. Although, some are unsure whether that was actually a good thing or not.

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A member of the press who was the rehearsal at Turin’s Pala Olimpico arena took to Twitter to post: “They just said it. ‘The winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 is the United Kingdom. Even just hearing that out loud sounds weird.”

Another reacted: “OK well the UK won the fake jury results... this means they won't win the actual thing lmao.” Things kicked up a gear after rehearsals when they performed for the juries - the team who will determine their scores before viewers from across the continent have their say. Australia will also have a say in the crucial televote.

Members of the rehearsal jury had some very positive things to say about Sam's performance, as did the official BBC Eurovision account. They tweeted: “Our man @SamRyderMusic has JUST sung his head off in the #Eurovision Jury Final! And he smashed it.”

A Eurovision expert reacted: “ Another big favourite with the crowd tonight. Sam Ryder’s vocals are completely insane, and he exudes joy from start to finish.”

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