Announced live during the Strictly Come Dancing Final, Olly Alexander has confirmed that he will represent the United Kingdom at next year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo, Sweden.
Formerly the frontman for Years & Years, Olly Alexander has recently begun releasing music under his own name. He is known for hits like King, Desire and If You’re Over Me. He is a seasoned pop performer and will hope to bring the UK greater success than in 2023, where Mae Muller came second from last in the Grand Final.
The announcement was something of a surprise. The BBC have confirmed that the song has been co-written by Alexander and producer Danny L Harle. Harle is a dance producer and composer known for producing hits for Dua Lipa and Caroline Polachek among others.
Have a listen to Olly Alexander’s previous material:
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
The United Kingdom has won Eurovision five times, but the last of those wins came in 1997. In the 21st century, the UK has received mixed fortunes in Eurovision, finishing near the bottom of the table regularly. Until 2022, they had just 2 top 10s in the 21st century. Sam Ryder’s ‘Space Man’ in 2022 brought the UK a recent success, coming 2nd, which led to the UK hosting Eurovision in Liverpool last year. There, Mae Muller failed to replicate Sam Ryder’s success, coming second from bottom with 24 points.
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