Sam Ryder once sang S Club 7’s “Reach” at his school assembly.
The 2022 Eurovision Song Contest runner-up – who first gained a following on TikTok with his cover videos before rising to fame with his song contest megahit ‘Space Man’ – has confessed that his guilty pleasure is the 1990s pop group is.
He told Classic Rock magazine: “I was listening to S Club 7 the other day.
“I remember once singing ‘Reach’ in the school assembly.
“So I guess you could say they’re my guilty pleasure.
“But not really that guilty – the song sucks!”
Sam performed at the late Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee last summer before performing with Queen at the Taylor Hawkins tribute.
The 33-year-old power vocalist has always admired Queen’s late frontman Freddie Mercury – who died in 1991 aged 45 due to complications from AIDS – because he wasn’t afraid to perform, even when his voice broke because he showed raw emotion .
He told the publication: “He had it all. Even on the rare occasions when his voice gave out, he had the courage to push through it.
“And that’s so cool.
“Because the time we live in is everything so… a little pruned, and we only share our best moments.
And Freddie, his whole career was the best moment in my opinion.
“As a singer, you can also take comfort in knowing that he wasn’t afraid to go for it and break his voice in front of a crowd, because there was passion there.”