TikTok star Sam Ryder has been announced as the UK's entry for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest.

The singer will perform the track Space Man in the grand final in Turin, Italy, in May.

Ryder found fame covering songs on TikTok during lockdown and has so far accumulated 12 million followers on the video-sharing platform.

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Sharing the news on his Twitter account, he said: "Who heard the news!??? ABSOLUTELY BONKERS AAAHHHHH!!!"

The Essex-based singer-songwriter, has previously appeared on the Ellen Show, has already had a viral hit with Whirlwind and first came to attention after his cover songs were shared by the likes of Justin Bieber, Sia and Alicia Keys.

Last year’s Eurovision Song Contest, held in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, was won by Italian rock group Måneskin.

The competition’s producers recently announced that Russia will no longer participate this year following the invasion of Ukraine.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said in a statement that the inclusion of a Russian entry in Turin would bring the contest into "disrepute".

Source: Press Association