Eurovision’s Sam Ryder will open the National Television Awards 2022


Sam Ryder will open this year’s National Television Awards later this month after the ceremony was delayed a month to the Queen’s death. 

The Eurovision star, 33, said that he ‘couldn’t be more excited’ to welcome the event to it’s new home at the OVO Arena Wembley where he will kick things off with his Eurovision entry Rocketman.  

The star-studded evening, which celebrates achievements in television, will be broadcast live on ITV at 8pm October 13. 

Opening cat: Sam Ryder will open this year’s National Television Awards later this month after the ceremony was delayed a month to the Queen’s death

The singer said: ‘This year instead of watching I’ll be getting up off the sofa to actually perform at the NTAs! I couldn’t be more excited to spend the evening singing my head off and celebrating the work of such amazing individuals across the television industry!’.

Sam rocketed to success earlier this summer when he broke the cycle of nil points at the Eurovision Song Contest. 

He finished first in the jury vote and second overall, becoming the highest-scoring UK Eurovision entrant of all time.

Can't wait: The star-studded evening, which celebrates achievements in television, will be broadcast live on ITV at 8pm October 13

Can’t wait: The star-studded evening, which celebrates achievements in television, will be broadcast live on ITV at 8pm October 13

In a statement following the beloved Monarch’s death a spokesman said: ‘ITV and Indigo Television have taken the decision to reschedule this year’s National Television Awards; the ceremony will now take place on Thursday 13th October, live from the OVO Arena Wembley’.

‘All tickets will remain valid for the new date. Media accreditation will be confirmed for the new date early next week’.

It comes after it was revealed Lewis Capaldi will make his return to live TV after a three-year-break as he is set to perform his latest single Forget Me during the evening.  

'Like a rash I'm back to annoy you!': Lewis Capaldi will make his return to live TV after a three-year-break next week as he performs his latest single Forget Me during the National Television Awards

‘Like a rash I’m back to annoy you!’: Lewis Capaldi will make his return to live TV after a three-year-break next week as he performs his latest single Forget Me during the National Television Awards

The singer, 25, who recently revealed he had Tourette’s syndrome, joked that his compared his unexpected return to an ‘annoying rash on your nether regions’. 

Lewis said: ‘Like a concerning rash appearing on your nether regions after an ill advised one night stand, I’m back and i will annoy you until you give me the attention I so crave!’. 

‘[I’m] So excited to be playing my brand new single ‘Forget Me’ at the NTAs this year, although I am still slightly worried the whole thing’s a ploy to grill me about my TV licence. 

Back for more: The Award ceremony, which celebrated achievements in television, will be broadcast live on ITV from the OVO Wembley Arena September 15

Back for more: The Award ceremony, which celebrated achievements in television, will be broadcast live on ITV from the OVO Wembley Arena September 15

Before playfully adding: ‘Tune in because if my song flops I’ll not be invited back!’

The multiple Brit and Grammy nominee shot to global success with his hit single, Someone You Loved, which topped the UK charts for seven weeks. 

It reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became the longest-running top 10 UK single of all time by a British artist. 

The announcement comes after Lewis sported a pair of Y-Fronts and announced he’s an ambassador for Tourette’s syndrome on Wednesday, after he revealed his own diagnosis. 

Fun: Lewis sported a pair of Y-Fronts and announced he's an ambassador for Tourette's syndrome on Wednesday, after he revealed his own diagnosis

Fun: Lewis sported a pair of Y-Fronts and announced he’s an ambassador for Tourette’s syndrome on Wednesday, after he revealed his own diagnosis

Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological condition characterised by a combination of involuntary noises and movements called tics. 

The hitmaker took to his Instagram to poke fun at the oversized pants and joked that he will ‘never have sex again’ whilst wearing the undergarments. 

Speaking in the light-hearted clip, Lewis told other’s who suffer from the neurological condition to ‘gaze upon their leader.’ 

Showing of the Y-Fronts, that were sent by his record label, he laughed: ‘I told everyone I had Tourettes and people on Twitter were being really nice. 

‘They were saying, ‘What a great thing for someone with his profile to talk about it and be open and spread awareness, he’d be a great ambassador.’

‘Well, gaze upon your ambassador, people with Tourettes. Hello I am your leader,’ he contemplated the thought of being a ‘leader’ for others.  

Oh dear: The singe  took to his Instagram to poke fun at the oversized pants and joked that he will 'never have sex again' whilst wearing the undergarments

Oh dear: The singe  took to his Instagram to poke fun at the oversized pants and joked that he will ‘never have sex again’ whilst wearing the undergarments

'Ambassador': Speaking in the light-hearted clip, Lewis told other's who suffer from the neurological condition to 'gaze upon their leader'

‘Ambassador’: Speaking in the light-hearted clip, Lewis told other’s who suffer from the neurological condition to ‘gaze upon their leader’

Laughing at the gift from his label, he added: ‘My record label have sent me Y-Fronts to promote my new single because I am wearing Speedos on the billboard for it… but they have sent me double double XL’s.

‘I know I might have put on a bit of weight but I look like I have an action man crotch, I’ve got an old man a**!’ he joked. 

The Scottish musician then quipped that he would ‘have have sex again’ if a potential date ever caught a glimpse of his underwear. 

Fun: He concluded: 'Well, gaze upon your ambassador, people with Tourettes. Hello I am your leader,' he contemplated the thought of being a 'leader' for others

Fun: He concluded: ‘Well, gaze upon your ambassador, people with Tourettes. Hello I am your leader,’ he contemplated the thought of being a ‘leader’ for others

Candid: Earlier this week, Lewis said the diagnosis was recent and explained that he is learning new methods to deal with it 'all the time' (pictured at Global offices in London on Wednesday)

Candid: Earlier this week, Lewis said the diagnosis was recent and explained that he is learning new methods to deal with it ‘all the time’ (pictured at Global offices in London on Wednesday)

Earlier this week, Lewis said the diagnosis was recent and explained that he is learning new methods to deal with it ‘all the time’.

The musician said he wanted people to know about the condition so his fans didn’t think his twitches were down to cocaine use.

In previous clips shared to his Instagram, Lewis’s shoulder twitch is evident as he announces the release of his new single, Forget Me, on stage at London’s O2. 

Staying positive: The musician said he wanted people to know about the condition so his fans didn't think his twitches were down to cocaine use

Staying positive: The musician said he wanted people to know about the condition so his fans didn’t think his twitches were down to cocaine use

When speaking on stage at The Brit Awards in 2020, Lewis’ involuntarily twitches could also been seen during his acceptance speech for Best Song of the Year.

The Hold Me While You Wait hitmaker revealed he is being treated with Botox injections to freeze his muscles to try to control the tics. 

Speaking to his fan on an Instagram Live, he said: ‘I have been diagnosed with Tourette’s. I wanted to speak about it because I didn’t want people to think I was taking cocaine or something.

Condition: At The Brit Awards in 2020, Lewis' involuntarily twitches could also been seen during his acceptance speech for Best Song of the Year (pictured at the 2020 Brit Awards)

Condition: At The Brit Awards in 2020, Lewis’ involuntarily twitches could also been seen during his acceptance speech for Best Song of the Year (pictured at the 2020 Brit Awards)

‘My shoulder twitches when I am excited, happy, nervous or stressed. It is something I am living with. It is not as bad as it looks.’

He also opened up on the condition to his fans in an Instagram Live session, explaining that it could sometimes be ‘painful’ and ‘uncomfortable’.

Lewis said: ‘It’s a new thing. I haven’t really learnt much about it. I got Botox in my shoulder to stop it moving but I’m learning new ways to cope all the time. 

WHAT IS TOURETTE’S SYNDROME?

Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological condition characterised by a combination of involuntary noises and movements called tics.

It usually starts during childhood and continues into adulthood. Tics can be either be vocal or physical.

In many cases Tourette’s syndrome runs in families and it’s often associated with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Tourette’s syndrome is named after the French doctor, Georges Gilles de la Tourette, who first described the syndrome and its symptoms in the 19th century. 

There’s no cure for Tourette’s syndrome, but treatment can help to control the symptoms. 

Source: NHS Choices

‘Some days it’s more painful than others, sometimes it’s quite uncomfortable but I guess that’s it.

‘When they told me, ‘We think you’ve got Tourette’s’, I was like, ‘Do you know what, that makes so much sense’.

‘When I look back at my interviews from 2018 I can see that I’m doing it.’

Keeping a positive attitude, the Glaswegian added: ‘It comes and goes. Sometimes I can go months without doing it. I thought I had some horrible degenerative disease so I’ll take Tourette’s.’

Lewis’ revelation comes says after he announced he will finally be releasing a brand new single, while admitting he was ‘nervous’ to share the song.

During his second sold-out show at London’s O2, the singer debuted his new single Forget Me which is out on September 9. 

Lewis played a clip of his soon to be released single to the arena whilst live on TikTok to over 57,000 fans.

The new song comes three years after the release of Lewis’ debut album Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, which spent 10 weeks at the top of the UK charts.

Last year the Scottish artist postponed all of his live shows to focus on recording a follow-up.

During the rescheduled concert, Lewis announced: ‘I said at the start of the show it’s been a while since I released new music, a very long time, three years in fact, but thankfully on 9 September that changes.

‘Next week I release my first single from this next album. It’s called Forget Me, so that’s good news. As well as that, I am going to play that song for everybody here tonight.

‘I am showing 20,000 people my song for the first time. I’m very nervous. No one has heard any of this music apart from you all here tonight.’

The NTA’s will be broadcast live on ITV and ITV Hub from 8pm October 13. 

Treatment: The Hold Me While You Wait hitmaker revealed he is being treated with Botox injections to freeze his muscles to try to control the tics

Treatment: The Hold Me While You Wait hitmaker revealed he is being treated with Botox injections to freeze his muscles to try to control the tics

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