Olly Alexander, singer of the group Years & Years, will represent the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2024

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After the confirmations of Belgium, Slovenia, Greece, France, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom has been the next country to confirm its representative in the Eurovision Song Contestwhich will be held in Malmö (Sweden) in May 2024.

This past Sunday, December 17, during the final program of Strictly Come Dancinga British dance competition broadcast on BBCsinger and actor Olly Alexander He appeared by surprise to read the terms and conditions for viewers who wanted to vote for their favorite contestant, and took the opportunity to announce the great news.

“I can exclusively reveal that I will be representing the UK at next year’s Eurovision Song Contest! It’s going to be spectacular. “I love Eurovision, it is a dream come true,” said the actor. It’sa Sin to announce their participation in the song festival.

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Regarding what the song will be like, more details have not yet been revealed, but what is known is that it has been written by the group’s vocalist. Years & Years and by Danny L Harlewho has also produced global hits like the recent Houdini of Dua Lipa either Anthems of Charli XCX.

In addition, Olly Alexander has confirmed that “it’s going to be electronic, something you can dance to. But I can’t say much more than that.”

The British artist also wanted to announce the news to his Instagram followers and did so through a publication in which he wrote that “it has been very difficult to stay silent!! I am very excited to announce that I am the Eurovision candidate for the United Kingdom in 2024 💕!!! I’ve wanted to do this for a long time and I feel like now is the right time to start releasing music under my own name 🥺 I’m determined to give it everything I’ve got!! I will give an excellent and unforgettable performance for all of you! let’s do it!!! #eurovision 🏳️‍🌈 ❤️”.

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Fight for LGTBIQ+ rights

In addition to his role as a singer in the British trio Years & Years and his career as an actor in several series and films such as It’s a Sin, Bright Star either Big hopes, Olly Alexander It is a reference in the fight for the rights of the LGTBIQ+ community. In 2021 he was part of the Apple Music campaign to celebrate Pride month and to do so he published an exclusive EP with two unique versions: Montero (Call Me By Your Name) of Lil Nas X and an acoustic Starstrucksingle from his own group.

In fact, It’s a Sinthe series in which he stars alongside Omari Douglas and Callum Scott Howelltells the story of a group of British gay friends who lived through the worst period of AIDS in the 1980s, thus paying their own tribute to the victims.

Likewise, on multiple occasions he has used his music to demand diversity and inclusion. For example in A Very Bad Fun Ideaa song that is part of the film’s soundtrack Bonus tracksummarizes the film’s plot very well: a queer musical romance.

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Own Olly Alexander has stated that A Very Bad Fun Idea “is the result of a conversation I had with Josh O’Connor many years ago about a film he was developing called Bonus Track. He asked me if I would be interested in doing a song, I love Josh and I immediately said yes. This song is about the extreme emotion we feel at a crucial moment in our lives and the lengths we will go to for the people we love. I made the demo at home and I’m very excited that you can hear that version when you see the movie.”


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