Eurovision 2022: Swiss star Marius Bear was afraid of Briton Rylan Clark

Marius finished in 17th place, but spoke of having the time of his life (Credits: AP)

Swiss Eurovision entry Marius Bear became very close to the UK delegation during the process but recalled being “quite scared” on his first meeting with TV royalty Rylan Clark.

The Boys Cry Too singer finished 17th out of 25 entries on Saturday night after receiving feared zero points from the public.

But this paved the way for a memorable moment for viewers, when UK entrant Sam Ryder came to comfort him after he didn’t receive enough votes from the public to earn a total of 78 from the jury.

Now back in Switzerland, Marius has had a moment to reflect on his time in the Eurovision Song Contest, sharing with how his own delegation formed a great bond with the Space Man singer’s entourage.

But he wasn’t sure of one person when he first met the UK delegation, Rylan.

TURIN, ITALY - MAY 14: Sam Ryder, representing the United Kingdom, greets Marius Bear, representing Switzerland, during the 66th Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final show at Pala Alpitour on May 14, 2022 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)

Sam Ryder comforted Marius after his null points (Image: Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli / WireImage)

He told us: ‘When I first met him, I was quite scared. I saw him at the restaurant…he’s tall and he has that perfect Freddie Mercury face, white teeth.

“Then he came up to us and said, ‘wow, I love the song and I love you,’ and then day by day we would go out and have a few drinks and I had the time of my life!”

Scott Mills, Sam Ryder and Rylan Clark at Eurovision (Image: Twitter/@scott_mills)

Scott Mills, Sam Ryder and Rylan Clark had a lot of fun at Eurovision (Image: Twitter/@scott_mills)

Marius added: ‘That’s how beautiful Eurovision is. It’s not about judging someone, the way they look or what they wear or whatever… it just goes straight to the heart and that’s amazing.’

It won’t be long before the pair meet up again as they discussed their plans to meet up with the Radio 2 DJ while planning their next trip to London.

The singer continued, “Next week, I’m coming to the UK to write some songs with friends, which I started here in the UK, and then I’ll also call Rylan Clark, we’ll hang out somewhere.” let’s see I don’t know!

“We will definitely keep in touch because my management is also from the UK so I will be there more and more.”

He delved a little deeper into the sweet moment when Sam reached out and hugged him after receiving none of the fan votes.

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Fans saw Marius give Sam a kiss on the cheek after being comforted, before he had to run back to his seat.

“We met many times before,” he explained. We were together at a Eurovision party in Madrid. We spent two weeks together in the same hotel and went out with this whole team. Scott Mills, Rylan and their entire team. The delegation from Switzerland and the UK met and there was friendship!’

Sharing the moment on TikTok over the weekend, Marius wrote, “When Sam Ryder picked me up at my lowest point,” adding a heart emoji.

He added in the caption: ‘Eurovision offers moments like this. Sam Ryder, thank you for being the loveliest man in space.’

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