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Queen’s Roger Taylor to join Sam Ryder on stage during Eurovision grand final

They are set to perform Ryder’s new single.
They are set to perform Ryder’s new single. They are set to perform Ryder’s new single.

Sam Ryder will perform alongside Queen drummer Roger Taylor during the Eurovision Song Contest grand final, it has been revealed.

The 33-year-old singer, who came second at last year’s contest in Turin with his track Space Man, will take to the stage at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool on Saturday evening to perform his new single Mountain.

The track features lyrics partly inspired by the struggle of the Ukrainian people and calls on listeners to remember they are “an unstoppable force of nature”.

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Eurovision 2023 Sam Ryder performs during the dress rehearsal (Aaron Chown/PA)

During dress rehearsals on Friday, it was revealed that Taylor will join him on stage to deliver a raucous drum solo alongside a guitar solo from Ryder.

Ryder is a long-standing fan of Queen and often covers their song Radio Ga Ga during his gigs.

He performed with Taylor and guitarist Sir Brian May during a tribute concert for the late Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters at Wembley Stadium in September last year.

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Eurovision 2023 Ryder was joined by drummers and dancers (Peter Byrne/PA)

During the dress rehearsal performance, Taylor sat at his drumkit which featured the outline of his face on its bass drum skin.

Ryder performed in a glittering gold one-piece reminiscent of his 2022 outfit and was surrounded by drummers and dancers.

Host Graham Norton said: “Your eyes aren’t deceiving you. That was the actual Roger Taylor on drums. Amazing.”