Rylan Clark goes shirtless in a plunging blazer for the Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals

He’s set to provide the commentary for the first semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy. 

And Rylan Clark ensured she was dressed to impress for the event at Pala Alpitour on Tuesday as he showed off his eye-catching ensemble on Instagram. 

The presenter, 33, wowed as he went shirtless in a plunging black blazer with caped detailing. 

Wow: He’s set to provide the commentary for the first semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy. And Rylan Clark ensured she was dressed to impress for the event on Tuesday

He teamed the garment with a pair of matching trousers, while a chunky gold belt added some extra glamour. 

The former X Factor star ensured he worked all his angles as he posed up a storm in front of the Eurovision branding board. 

Ahead of the grand finale in Turin on Saturday, there are two semi-finals to decide which countries will make it to the top 26, with Rylan providing the British commentary alongside Radio 1’s Scott Mills. 

The first semi-final will take place will air on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer from 8pm on Tuesday, while the second Eurovision semi-final will take place on Thursday at 9pm.

Dressed to impress: The presenter, 33, wowed as he went shirtless in a plunging black blazer with caped detailing

Looking good: Rylan had all eyes on him

Dressed to impress: The presenter, 33, wowed as he went shirtless in a plunging black blazer with caped detailing

Looking good: He teamed the garment with a pair of matching trousers, while a chunky gold belt added some extra glamour

Looking good: He teamed the garment with a pair of matching trousers, while a chunky gold belt added some extra glamour

Loving life: The former X Factor star ensured he worked all his angles as he posed up a storm in front of the Eurovision branding board

One to watch: Ahead of the grand finale in Turin on Saturday, there are two semi-finals to decide which countries will make it to the top 26

Loving life: The former X Factor star ensured he worked all his angles as he posed up a storm in front of the Eurovision branding board

The United Kingdom’s pick this year is Sam Ryder, a 32-year-old TikTok star from near Chelmsford, Essex.

He found fame covering songs on the social media site during lockdown, amassing 12 million followers and catching the attention of global stars including Justin Bieber and Alicia Keys.

Despite the UK’s poor Eurovision history in recent years, fans are hopeful Sam could break the trend and perform well in the competition.

Terrific trio: Commentators Rylan and Scott Mills seemed in good spirits as they posed alongside Irish Eurovision hopeful Brooke

Terrific trio: Commentators Rylan and Scott Mills seemed in good spirits as they posed alongside Irish Eurovision hopeful Brooke

Taking to the stage: Band Kalush Orchestra of Ukraine are seen performing at the semi-finals

Taking to the stage: Band Kalush Orchestra of Ukraine are seen performing at the semi-finals

Currently the UK is second-favourite to take the crown according to Ladbrokes with odds of 6/1, behind frontrunner Ukraine, who will be represented by Kalush Orchestra with their song Stefania.

Sam himself admitted on Monday that he is not focused on winning the contest, and his ‘personal goal’ is to simply get up on stage and sing.

He told i newspaper: ‘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.’ 

Last year, the UK ended up at the bottom of the leader board after James Newman’s entry Embers scored zero points whilst Michael Rice’s 2019 entry Bigger Than Us also saw the UK finish last but Sam previously insisted that the ‘stigma’ of losing will not stop his enjoyment of taking part.

‘I love Eurovision. I think it’s such a privilege to be able to do. I don’t want to let the stigma or fear of coming at a certain place in a table stop me from doing something and being a part of something that I enjoy so much,’ he added.

This year’s Eurovision will once again see Graham Norton provide commentary duties for BBC viewers, during Saturday’s final, while Rylan Clark and Scott Mills will present coverage of the semi-finals on BBC Three, airing on Tuesday and Thursday.

Fingers crossed: The United Kingdom's pick this year is Sam Ryder, a 32-year-old TikTok star from near Chelmsford, Essex

Fingers crossed: The United Kingdom’s pick this year is Sam Ryder, a 32-year-old TikTok star from near Chelmsford, Essex 

Meanwhile, Sophie Ellis-Bextor recently revealed she turned down being a Euroision judge because of the competition’s strange rules.

The singer, 42, made the comments in a candid interview with The Radio Times ahead of the 66th edition of the contest this Saturday. 

The hitmaker told the magazine: ‘I had a very small baby that I was still feeding, and they wouldn’t let me bring it along.

‘I’m pretty sure the baby would have been impartial but, you know what, I think part of what I like about Eurovision is that it has very much got its rules… it’s kooky.

She concluded: ‘We weren’t going to be allowed to speak while we were watching it either, and I thought, ‘I can’t watch Eurovision in silence.’

In 2019 the Murder On The Dancefloor singer withdrew from the UK jury for the contest.

The hitmaker had been announced as chairwomen of the five-strong panel.

In a tweet the BBC said she had stepped down due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’. 

Sophie in turn tweeted the reply: ‘I still love Eurovision! Wishing all the participants a great show and good luck to the UK entry.’  

The Eurovision Song Contest 2022 live final is on Saturday 14 May, 8pm BBC One.

Nul points! Sophie Ellis-Bextor recently revealed she turned down being a Eurovision judge because of the competitions strange rules

Nul points! Sophie Ellis-Bextor recently revealed she turned down being a Eurovision judge because of the competitions strange rules

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