Viewers of the Eurovision Song Contest were dismayed by the amount of ballads in this year’s competition.
Portugal’s act Maro to take to the stage in Turin, Italy on Saturday to sing a slow song, Saudade, Saudade, followed by Switzerland’s Marius Bear who sung Boys Do Cry.
A notable portion of the 25 finalists performing slow tempo songs, prompting viewers to take to Twitter to express their disappointment, with one person writing: ‘The level of ballads on #Eurovision is reigniting my disdain for life.’
Slow night? Viewers of the Eurovision Song Contest were dismayed by the amount of ballads in this year’s competition (Switzerland’s Marius Bear pictured)
Another viewer posted: ‘Next year I want less ballads and more songs about Meghan Markle’s hair sung surrounded by priests from a hand hygiene cult #EUROVISION’
While someone else wrote: ‘My contact lenses have fogged up from ballad fatigue. #Eurovision
‘Please stop the ballads i want to shake my ass when watching #Eurovision,’ demanded another contest fan.
Unique: One viewer said of Serbia’s slow entry: ‘Next year I want more songs about Meghan Markle’s hair sung surrounded by priests from a hand hygiene cult’
‘Too many ballads, not enough nutters #Eurovision,’ wrote someone else.
Meanwhile, another viewer tweeted: ‘If you voted for a ballad you’ve missed the point of #Eurovision.’
‘WHY WERE THERE SO MANY GODDAMN BALLADS yall better not vote ballads #Eurovision,’ exclaimed another audience member from home.
Opinions: A notable portion of the 25 finalists performing slow tempo songs, prompting viewers to take to Twitter to express their disappointment
Someone else posted: ‘Third time ever watching #eurovision and there’s been so many ballads that I can’t remember who is who. Where is the variety? Where were the extra colourful feathery outfits & pop songs I would only listen to during Eurovision? No idea who will win, I don’t feel very strongly…
‘Estonia was surprisingly good. Overall tho, way too many ballads and solo efforts. Not sure how they voted so many through #Eurovision .’
Someone else wrote: ‘Overall feelings this year, #Eurovision had too many ballads… The show started off strong, but a lot of that Eurovision feel during the program as the show went on. It spiked here and there, but I found myself checked out quite a few times.’
Emotional: Someone else wrote: ‘My contact lenses have fogged up from ballad fatigue. #Eurovision’
The UK’s Eurovision finalist Sam Ryder brought the house down with a stellar performance of Space Man.
The TikTok star – who has been hotly-tipped to win this year’s contest – donned a space-themed jumpsuit as he performed the epic ballad with one of the biggest productions of the entire show in Turin, Italy.
He ended with the message: ‘Shine brightly my friends- thank you all.’
Commentator Graham Norton hailed the performance as ‘stellar’.
The social media star started out filming videos of himself covering songs from his garden shed for TikTok – on which he has amassed 12.5million followers.
Born to perform: Sam Ryder took to the stage to perform his song Space Man for the UK during this year’s competition
The UK hasn’t won Eurovision in 25 years, with the last act being Katrina and the Waves with their rendition of Love Shine A Light in 1997.
However, it’s expected that 32-year-old Sam will finish closer to the top of the leader board after years of the UK failing to come anywhere close to winning.
For Sam, though, it’s not about winning, as he insisted his ‘personal goal’ is just to sing as he always does.
He said: ‘My personal goal for this is to sing with the same intention that I always sing with, and then come away with the joy it has given me. To make it strategic and to make it so that the happiness it gives me is dependent on where I come on a score board is something I really don’t want to mess with.’
Back in 2021, the UK ended up at the bottom of the leader board after James Newman’s entry Embers scored zero point. Whilst Michael Rice’s 2019 entry Bigger Than UK also saw the UK finish last.
Backstage glimpse: Eurovision co-host Mika posed with commentator Graham Norton before the competition