North Yorkshire-born pop star Olly Alexander will represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024.
The Years and Years lead singer and Bafta-nominated actor’s slot in the competition – taking place in Malmo, Sweden – was announced during the Strictly Come Dancing final last night (Saturday).
During the episode, Alexander walked out of a golden doorframe to read the small print about voting in the dance competition.
Claudia Winkleman said to the 33-year-old from Harrogate: “Now Olly, you have some news for us, and, if it’s alright with you, could we have a drum roll please?”
The drums started and Alexander said: “I do Claudia, I can exclusively reveal I will be representing the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest.”
He added with a smile: “What can I tell you? I’m planning it now, it’s going to be spectacular – I love Eurovision so, so, so much, I’m so excited, it’s going to be great” – before shouting “Sweden” alongside Winkleman.
Following the announcement Alexander added: “I’ve loved watching Eurovision ever since I was a little kid and I’m beyond excited to be taking part next year.
“As a young boy I always looked forward to this incredible event of unbridled joy, the wonderfully chaotic mix of musical styles, theatrical performances, heartfelt emotion and humour.
“I really can’t believe I’m going to be a part of such a special legacy and fly the flag for the UK in the gayest way possible, it shall be an honour!
“I’ve wanted to do this for a long time and it feels like the right moment to start releasing music under my own name.
“I’m determined to give it everything I’ve got and put on an excellent and unforgettable performance for you all!”
Olly was born in Harrogate in 1990 before his family moved to Coleford, Gloucestershire, where his mother, Vicki Thornton, was one of the founders of the Coleford Music Festival.
The song he will perform during the 68th Eurovision Song Contest next May has yet to be announced, but the BBC confirmed it was co-written by Alexander and Danny L Harle, who has produced hits for Dua Lipa, Chic and Charli XCX.
This year’s contest was won by Swedish singer Loreen meaning next year’s competition will take place in the country and coincide with the 50th anniversary of Abba’s 1974 win with Waterloo.
Pop singer Mae Muller represented the UK this year and scored 24 points with track I Wrote A Song when she performed at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena.