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12th May 2024

Olly Alexander breaks silence following disappointing Eurovision night

Charlie Herbert

The Years and Years singer finished in 18th place in the song contest

Olly Alexander has broken his silence after his performance at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Eurovision 2024 took place on Saturday night, and saw Switzerland claim the title this year. Singer Nemo won with their song The Code, which was a mix of opera and hip-hop and was based on their journey to embracing their non-binary identity.

But it was a familiar tale of Eurovision disappointment for the UK, with Alexander finishing in 18th place with his song Dizzy.

And whilst the song got 46 points from the jury vote, it received zero points from the public.

Taking to his Instagram story on Sunday afternoon, the Years and Years star shared a post from the official Eurovision account and sent his congratulations to the night’s winner, Swiss act Nemo.

He wrote: “Nemo !!! You did it !! I’m so so proud of you. It’s been such an honour to be on this journey with you. You broke the code.”

(Instagram/ollyalexanderr)

Alexander appeared to suffer some sound issues during his performance, leading to claims of “sabotage” from some viewers at home.

The staging for the song was particularly bold, with the performance involving Alexander in a set designed to look like a shower room. He was joined by four dancers on stage wearing only boxer shorts, as clever choreography and camerawork made it look like they were all defying gravity at times.

During the show, UK commentator Graham Norton had gone as far to say that it was “possibly the best staging the UK has ever done” at Eurovision.

The It’s A Sin actor had caused some controversy ahead of the final after saying that he was “ambivalent” about the Union Jack, adding that the flag could sometimes feel “nationalist” and “divisive.”

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