Past Eurovision winner Katrina And The Waves says Sam Ryder won’t win as Ukraine deserve the vote

She won the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1997 with the song Love Shine A Light. 

And Katrina Leskanich from Katrina And The Waves has said this years UK entrant, Sam Ryder, 32, ‘won’t win’ the competition despite ‘sounding great’ as Ukraine deserve the vote, on Friday. 

Speaking on ITV’s This Morning, the front woman, 62, admitted that although Sam’s  ‘Viking looks’ might work in this favour, the vote will be political. 

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Thoughts: Past Eurovision winner Katrina And The Waves, 62, said on This Morning on Friday that Sam Ryder won’t triumph in the competition because Ukraine deserve the vote on Friday

Katrina explained: ‘Sam Ryder won’t win, he can’t. Ukraine will win, it’s a political vote but we have to give it to Ukraine.

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‘He does have that Viking look so I think it will work for him in the show. But I mean the song sounds great, he looks fabulous. What more do you need?’ 

‘People are feeling the love for Sam. You know why? Because he looks like a Viking!’ 

Successes: Katrina, who won the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1997,  explained: ‘Sam Ryder won’t win, he can’t. Ukraine will win, it’s a political vote but we have to give it to Ukraine’

Support: She added: ‘He does have that Viking look… I mean the song sounds great, he looks fabulous. What more do you need?’ (Sam pictured during this years opening ceremony) 

The Ukrainian entrant Kalush Orchestra has been tipped to win the contest in response to the on-going conflict with Russia. 

Speaking about her time on the show Katrina added: ‘When we were on Eurovision, we didn’t feel there was any pressure because everyone said we weren’t going to win.

‘I’d never seen the competition before I knew I was doing it. BBC came to me with a stack of tapes and told me to watch them all to know the show.’

Katrina And The Waves who are best known for their hit song, Waking On Sunshine, won the Eurovision song contest with a then-record margin of 70 points above the runner up. 

Performance: Speaking about her time on the show she added: ‘When we were on Eurovision, we didn’t feel there was any pressure because everyone said we weren’t going to win’

Taking part: She added: ‘I’d never seen the competition before I knew I was doing it. BBC came to me with a stack of tapes and told me to watch them all to know the show’

The UK has won the contest five times before, however, their entry Love Shine A Light in 1997 was the last time the UK were victorious. 

Sam will take to the stage to present the UK with his song Space Man at Eurovision 2022, and in a surprise development he’s currently second-favourite.

The TiKTok star, who will take to the stage in Turin for Saturday’s final, said he’s staying ‘focused and present’ in the midst of a ‘hectic’ build-up to the live show.

Fans are hoping that Sam can finally end a poor run of form for Eurovision’s UK hopefuls, after last year’s contestant James Newman finished in last place with zero points.

Congratulations: Katrina And The Waves, won the Eurovison song contest with a then-record margin of 70 points above the runner up

Speaking ahead of the final, Sam said he had been given some advice from former Eurovision contestants who had represented the UK in the final. 

He said: ‘I’m friends with a couple of the previous UK entrants and they are amazing, talented musicians in their own right and lovely people. 

‘So of course they gave me some tips and pointers and the main thing that keeps coming back is to just enjoy every moment of it, because it’s such a wonderful circus being a part of Eurovision and it’s unlike anything else in the world that you can do.’

Runner up? Sam will take to the stage to present the UK with his song Space Man at Eurovision 2022, and in a surprise development he’s currently second-favourite

He continued: ‘So I’m trying my best like I said at the beginning, to stay focused and present and not getting too overwhelmed by the nerves. So that I can breathe in every moment.’

‘I’m trying to be focused about it and just getting nice and practiced singing wise and getting in the right headspace for it. 

‘It’s really hectic in the lead up, so I think it’s important just to try and find that focus and balance, and just remember that it’s all about the singing, three minutes of singing!’

Speaking ahead of the final, Sam said he had been given some advice from former Eurovision contestants who had represented the UK in the final