Ryder presented an extremely spirited version of the anthem (the same tune as “My Country, ’Tis of Thee,” thanks to a cheeky twist by Americans) at the British Grand Prix in Northampton, England.
In May, Ryder won the runner-up spot with his song “Space Man” in the annual Eurovision song contest in which member countries of the European Broadcasting Union each submit a song to be performed on live television.
But some viewers were split over whether Ryder slayed with his innovative version of the national anthem — or obliterated it. Online publication Metro.co.uk gushed that he “wowed fans with iconic ‘God Save The Queen,’” adding: “What a legend.”
Here’s a range of the rest:
CORRECTION: A prior version of this story misidentified the tune of “God Save the Queen” as that of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”