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Eurovision fans say 'something wasn't right' with Olly Alexander's performance - www.ok.co.uk - Britain
ok.co.uk
11.05.2024

Eurovision fans say 'something wasn't right' with Olly Alexander's performance

Eurovision enthusiasts were left scratching their heads after Olly Alexander's performance at the competition, as something seemed amiss. During the live broadcast of Eurovision 2024 on Saturday night, viewers watched Olly Alexander take to the stage, hoping to clinch the title.

Olly Alexander “truly grateful” for Eurovision support, calls getting zero points “iconic” - www.nme.com - Britain - Sweden - Switzerland
nme.com
15.05.2024

Olly Alexander “truly grateful” for Eurovision support, calls getting zero points “iconic”

Olly Alexander has expressed his gratitude after competing in Eurovision 2024, saying that receiving zero public points was “iconic”.The Years & Years frontman represented the UK with his song ‘Dizzy’ at this year’s competition, which took place in Malmö, Sweden. He finished 18th out of 25 countries – earning 46 points from the jury, but none from the voting public.Nemo clinched victory for Switzerland at Eurovision 2024 with their track ‘The Code’.

Eurovision 2024: Olly Alexander’s dad “surprised” at public giving him zero points - www.nme.com - Britain - Switzerland - Croatia
nme.com
12.05.2024

Eurovision 2024: Olly Alexander’s dad “surprised” at public giving him zero points

Olly Alexander‘s dad has said he was “surprised” that his son’s song ‘Dizzy’ received the dreaded ‘nul points’ from the public at last night’s Eurovision.Despite high hopes for this year’s UK entry, Alexander finished in 18th place out of 25 countries with 46 points, a position he only achieved thanks to his jury score.Now, his dad David Thornton has shared his thoughts, saying that Eurovision still offered a “fantastic learning experience” for Alexander [via BBC].“I enjoyed every minute of it,” said Thornton. “To me it’s a real surprise the public didn’t sort of connect with that song, though the juries gave it a really good score.”He added: “He’s had a wonderful time out there.

Switzerland Wins the Eurovision Song Contest - variety.com - France - Sweden - Ukraine - Netherlands - Switzerland - Israel - Croatia
variety.com
11.05.2024

Switzerland Wins the Eurovision Song Contest

K.J. Yossman Switzerland has won the Eurovision Song Contest. Swiss entry Nemo stormed the contest with the song “The Code,” walking away with 591 points — a combination of a jury vote and public vote.

How to vote in Eurovision 2024 and how voting system works - www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk - Britain - Sweden
manchestereveningnews.co.uk
11.05.2024

How to vote in Eurovision 2024 and how voting system works

The 68th Eurovision Song Contest is finally here, with another set of musical hopefuls eager to represent their countries and impress both the judges and the public.

Inside Eurovision’s Olly Alexander’s life off-screen – from famous ex to unusual world record - www.ok.co.uk - Britain
ok.co.uk
11.05.2024

Inside Eurovision’s Olly Alexander’s life off-screen – from famous ex to unusual world record

The wait is almost over for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and performers from across the globe are getting ready to battle it out to be crowned winners of one of the world’s most famous singing competitions. With the UK last winning the competition back in 1997, though Sam Ryder came close in 2022, all hopes of taking home the crown are on this year’s entry Olly Alexander, who recently divided fans when he made his Eurovision debut earlier this week with a performance of his song Dizzy.

Who is UK Eurovision 2024's Olly Alexander? - www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk - Britain
manchestereveningnews.co.uk
11.05.2024

Who is UK Eurovision 2024's Olly Alexander?

Fans of Eurovision will already know that Olly Alexander is set to represent the United Kingdom at the 68th song contest in Malmö this month. Olly revealed the news during the Grand Final of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday, December 16, 2023.

Eurovision 2024 party sweepstake kit to download for free - www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk - Britain - Spain - France - Sweden - Italy - Norway - Germany - Netherlands - Portugal - Switzerland - Greece - Slovenia - Finland - Cyprus - Serbia - Armenia - county Angelina - Croatia - county Alexander - Latvia
manchestereveningnews.co.uk
11.05.2024

Eurovision 2024 party sweepstake kit to download for free

It's nearly that time again for the Eurovision grand finale to appear on our small screens.

Inside Eurovision drama from banned act to 'emotional' Olly Alexander and angry booing - www.dailyrecord.co.uk - Britain - Sweden - Netherlands - Israel
dailyrecord.co.uk
11.05.2024

Inside Eurovision drama from banned act to 'emotional' Olly Alexander and angry booing

This year's Eurovision Song Contest has got off to a frenzied start and the final hasn't even begun.

Olly Alexander responds to his odds of winning Eurovision - www.nme.com - Britain - Israel - Palestine
nme.com
11.05.2024

Olly Alexander responds to his odds of winning Eurovision

Olly Alexander has responded to his odds of winning the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest.The singer revealed to BBC that he had taken a look at what the bookies were saying about his chances of winning the contest. “My odds for winning are at one per cent,” he told the outlet.

Bambie Thug shares cover of The Cranberries’ ‘Zombie’, shares “prayers for Palestine” as they speak out on Eurovision censorship - www.nme.com - Britain - Sweden - Ireland - Palestine
nme.com
09.05.2024

Bambie Thug shares cover of The Cranberries’ ‘Zombie’, shares “prayers for Palestine” as they speak out on Eurovision censorship

Eurovision entry Bambie Thug has shared an eerie cover of The Cranberries’ ‘Zombie’ and spoken out in support of Palestine ahead of this weekend’s finale.The non-binary singer will be representing Ireland at the final of the song contest in Malmö, Sweden, and has become Ireland’s first finalist since 2018. They won their place in Saturday’s final (May 11) with a performance of ‘Doomsday Blue’ at Tuesday’s (May 7) semi-finals.They have been listed as in the top 10 favourites to win the competition this year, and told NME that they are hoping to “give the best performance I can and try to connect in those three minutes to those millions of viewers”.That being said, there has been pressure on contestants, including Thug and UK representative Olly Alexander, to boycott the event in solidarity with Palestine.

ITV This Morning's Cat Deeley fires back at Ben Shephard as he pokes fun at her outfit on show - www.ok.co.uk - Britain - Sweden - Cyprus
ok.co.uk
08.05.2024

ITV This Morning's Cat Deeley fires back at Ben Shephard as he pokes fun at her outfit on show

ITV's This Morning had a bit of a bumpy start on Wednesday when presenter Ben Shephard teased Cat Deeley live on air, accusing her of dressing like a dancer from Eurovision. Prior to the exchange, Lorraine Kelly had conducted an interview with Eurovision Song Contest UK entry Olly Alexander.

Eurovision bosses double down to defend decision not to boycott Israel over Gaza war - www.nme.com - Britain - Sweden - Finland - Israel
nme.com
07.05.2024

Eurovision bosses double down to defend decision not to boycott Israel over Gaza war

Eurovision organisers have defended their decision not to boycott Israel over the war in Gaza.It comes ahead of the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden this Saturday (May 11).There have been several calls to boycott the competition from various countries. Over 1,000 Swedish artists called for Israel to be banned this year, such as Robyn, Fever Ray, and First Aid Kit, whilst over 1,400 Finnish music industry professionals recently signed a petition to ban the country from taking part in the contest as well.In the buildup to the 2024 edition, individual artists such as Olly Alexander also faced calls to boycott the event.

Olly Alexander says he’s “ambivalent” about UK’s Union flag as it can be “divisive” and “nationalistic” ahead of Eurovision - www.nme.com - Britain - Sweden - county Jack - Israel - county Union
nme.com
07.05.2024

Olly Alexander says he’s “ambivalent” about UK’s Union flag as it can be “divisive” and “nationalistic” ahead of Eurovision

Olly Alexander has admitted that he is “ambivalent” about the Union Jack flag.The Years and Years star, who is set to perform for the UK with his song ‘Dizzy’ at the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden this Saturday (May 11), said he also found it “divisive” and “nationalist” but he wants to reclaim the flag in a “positive way”.Speaking to the media [via Metro] ahead of the contest, Alexander said: “I’ve grown up in the UK, there’s a lot that I love about the UK, maybe the people and I’m lucky to have grown up in the UK.“I too have an ambivalent relationship with the Union Jack and what that represents to people because it can feel divisive, it can feel nationalist, but it can also feel like a representation of what’s good about the UK and what makes it good – it’s the inclusivity, the diversity. I am choosing to kind of focus on those aspects of what I believe being in the UK has given me in my upbringing as well.”He continued: “I hope to reclaim the Union Jack in a positive way and when I’m going to be out there waving my flag, waving the Union Jack at the flag parade, it’s for all the good things that have come from growing up in the UK and being British and yeah, I think definitely focusing on that side of things.”It comes after Alexander recently reportedly broke down in tears during an interview when addressing the current controversies relating to Israel’s participation in this year’s competition.Alexander went on to say he supported “a ceasefire, returning the hostages, the safety and security of all people in Gaza.

Two-time Eurovision winner announces big UK and European tour - with show in Manchester - www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk - Britain - Spain - France - London - Sweden - Italy - Manchester - Ireland - Birmingham - Germany - Dublin - city Stockholm, Sweden - Poland - Finland
manchestereveningnews.co.uk
07.05.2024

Two-time Eurovision winner announces big UK and European tour - with show in Manchester

Ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 in Sweden this weekend, a huge two-time winner from the country has announced they’ll be touring Europe and the UK next year.

Olly Alexander breaks down in tears over Eurovision Israel controversy - www.nme.com - Britain - London - Sweden - Israel
nme.com
04.05.2024

Olly Alexander breaks down in tears over Eurovision Israel controversy

Olly Alexander reportedly broke down in tears during an interview when addressing the current controversies relating to Israel’s participation in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.Alexander will represent the UK with his song ‘Dizzy’ at the grand final of the contest in Malmö, Sweden next Saturday (May 11). However, he has been subject to strong calls to boycott the competition over Israel being allowed to compete due to its ongoing war with Gaza, in the name of showing solidarity with Palestine.In a new interview with The Times, Alexander admitted he had been struggling after the interviewer noticed that he seemed out of sorts during his performance at a Eurovision pre-party in London.“Yes, I struggled that day,” he said. “I was holed up in a room trying not to have a breakdown.

Britain's Got Talent axed from schedules by ITV in major shake-up - www.ok.co.uk - Britain - Sweden - Ukraine - Japan - Switzerland - Croatia
ok.co.uk
03.05.2024

Britain's Got Talent axed from schedules by ITV in major shake-up

ITV has decided to remove Britain's Got Talent from its schedule next weekend, in an attempt to avoid a 'ratings war' with the Eurovision Song Contest. On Saturday, May 11, the popular talent show will be replaced by the Bond film Casino Royale, with BGT set to return on Sunday night, May 12. OK! has reached out to ITV for comment.The upcoming weekend will see more auditions on BGT, following its return to screens last month.

Olly Alexander breaks down in tears over 2024 Eurovision Song Contest controversy - www.dailyrecord.co.uk - Britain - Sweden - Russia - Israel - Palestine
dailyrecord.co.uk
03.05.2024

Olly Alexander breaks down in tears over 2024 Eurovision Song Contest controversy

Olly Alexander was moved to tears as he addressed the controversy surrounding the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest.

Watch Olly Alexander make a cameo in ‘EastEnders’ ahead of 2024 Eurovision - www.nme.com - Britain - Sweden - Manchester
nme.com
03.05.2024

Watch Olly Alexander make a cameo in ‘EastEnders’ ahead of 2024 Eurovision

Olly Alexander made a cameo appearance in last night’s episode of EastEnders (May 2) – watch below.The Years & Years frontman starred in a scene on the BBC One soap ahead of representing the UK at the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden next Saturday (May 11).Alexander visited the iconic Queen Victoria pub on Albert Square, where he was introduced as a friend of Johnny Carter (played by Charlie Suff). The latter character explained that the pair “go way back”, adding: “Years and years, in fact.”The singer added: “We met in a bar in Manchester.

Who will win Eurovision 2024? Here are the latest bookies’ odds - www.nme.com - Britain - Sweden - Ireland - Ukraine - Netherlands - Switzerland - Israel - Croatia
nme.com
24.04.2024

Who will win Eurovision 2024? Here are the latest bookies’ odds

Eurovision Song Contest 2024.According to Eurovision World, the favourites to win the competition have been revealed. Coming in first place is Switzerland’s NEMO, who currently has a 25 per cent chance at snagging the crown this year with their song ‘The Code’.Behind Switzerland in second place is Croatia, whose entry Baby Lasagna is predicted to have a 17 per cent chance of winning with his song ‘Rim Tim Tagi Dim’.

Pet Shop Boys respond to comparisons of ‘It’s A Sin’ to Olly Alexander’s Eurovision entry ‘Dizzy’ - www.nme.com - Britain - Sweden
nme.com
24.04.2024

Pet Shop Boys respond to comparisons of ‘It’s A Sin’ to Olly Alexander’s Eurovision entry ‘Dizzy’

Pet Shop Boys have responded to the recent comparisons of their classic single ‘It’s A Sin’ to Olly Alexander’s Eurovision entry ‘Dizzy’.Alexander released the track last month ahead of the Years & Years singer representing the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden next month.‘Dizzy’ was co-written by Alexander and electronic producer Danny L Harle (Charli XCX, Dua Lipa, Caroline Polachek). Upon the track’s release, the former explained that it was “inspired by a lot of music we love from the ’80s like Erasure, Adamski and of course Pet Shop Boys”.Some listeners have pointed out similarities to Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe’s 1987 hit specifically.

Olly Alexander to make special appearance in ‘EastEnders’ next month - www.nme.com - Britain
nme.com
24.04.2024

Olly Alexander to make special appearance in ‘EastEnders’ next month

Olly Alexander is set to make an appearance on EastEnders next month.The Years & Years singer is this year’s UK Eurovision Song Contest entrant, and will be visiting Walford as part of his rehearsal process.According to the BBC, Alexander will be heading to the fictional Queen Vic pub after finishing up rehearsals for his Eurovision performance nearby.Alexander has spoken about the opportunity to feature on the UK’s most popular TV soap, saying: “I’m thrilled to be making my first appearance on EastEnders and in the most iconic pub in the UK.”The It’s A Sin star continued: “I’m so happy I got to meet some true screen legends and spend time on set with the brilliant cast and crew.”Alexander shared how he had initially wanted the appearance to be kept secret from his mum: “I wanted to surprise my mum as it’s her favourite show but I guess the cat is out of the bag now, she’s gonna love it!”

Manchester cinemas to screen Eurovision 2024 final - here’s how to watch it - www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk - Britain - Sweden - Manchester
manchestereveningnews.co.uk
09.04.2024

Manchester cinemas to screen Eurovision 2024 final - here’s how to watch it

Eurovision 2024 fever is in full swing and we’re now just weeks away from the main event in Sweden.

UK’s Eurovision Entry Olly Alexander Rejects Call To Boycott Contest Over Israel-Gaza Conflict - deadline.com - Britain - Sweden - Israel - Palestine
deadline.com
30.03.2024

UK’s Eurovision Entry Olly Alexander Rejects Call To Boycott Contest Over Israel-Gaza Conflict

This year’s UK Eurovision entry has rejected calls for him to boycott this year’s Song Contest in protest at Israel being included in the competition.

Olly Alexander confirms he will not boycott Eurovision: “It wouldn’t bring us any closer to our shared goal” - www.nme.com - Britain - Israel - Palestine
nme.com
29.03.2024

Olly Alexander confirms he will not boycott Eurovision: “It wouldn’t bring us any closer to our shared goal”

Olly Alexander has confirmed that he will not boycott this year’s Eurovision, despite Israel’s inclusion, saying “it wouldn’t bring us any closer to our shared goal”.The UK’s entry in this year’s competition has faced calls to withdraw in solidarity with Palestine, but it appears that will not be happening.In a personal statement posted on his social media accounts, he said: “I wholeheartedly support action being taken to demand an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza, the return of all hostages and the safety and security of all civilians in Palestine and Israel.“I know some people will choose to boycott this year’s Eurovision and I understand and respect their decision.”Queers for Palestine sent me their letter asking me to withdraw from the ESC earlier this week and I responded to them directly, I’m sharing my response here alongside this mornings collective artist statement

Olly Alexander responds to Eurovision boycott calls: “We firmly believe in the unifying power of music” - www.nme.com - Ireland - Norway - Portugal - Switzerland - Denmark - Finland - Israel - Palestine - Lithuania - San Marino
nme.com
29.03.2024

Olly Alexander responds to Eurovision boycott calls: “We firmly believe in the unifying power of music”

Olly Alexander and a number of other performers have released a joint statement about their participation in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest after calls to boycott the competition in solidarity with Palestine.Yesterday (March 28) hundreds of queer artists, individuals and organisations called on Alexander to pull out of the competition this year, after its refusal to expel Israel.Now, Alexander, alongside Ireland’s Bambie Thug, Norway’s Gåte, Portugal’s Iolanda, San Marino’s Megara, Switzerland’s Nemo, Denmark’s SABA, Lithuania’s Silvester Belt and Finland’s Windows95Man, have signed a letter outlining their response.“We want to begin by acknowledging the privilege of taking part in Eurovision,” it begins.pic.twitter.com/VBNQWwPe46— olly alexander (@alexander_olly) March 29, 2024“In light of the current situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and particularly in Gaza, and in Israel, we do not feel comfortable being silent. It is important to us to stand in solidarity with the oppressed and communicate our heartfelt wish for peace, an immediate and lasting ceasefire, and the safe return of all hostages.

Hundreds of queer artists urge Olly Alexander to boycott Eurovision 2024 over Israel’s participation - www.nme.com - Britain - Israel - Palestine
nme.com
28.03.2024

Hundreds of queer artists urge Olly Alexander to boycott Eurovision 2024 over Israel’s participation

Olly Alexander, the UK’s Eurovision contestant, to boycott the song contest in solidarity with Palestine.The push was put forward to the singer, actor and Years & Years vocalist via an open letter, which was published by Queers For Palestine.In the letter – which can be read in full here – the signatories urge the musician to boycott the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest due to the inclusion of Israel. “By refusing to expel Israel from the competition, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is providing cultural cover and endorsement for the catastrophic violence that Israel has unleashed on Palestinians,” it reads.“At a time when accountability is so urgently needed, Israel’s inclusion in Eurovision would enable and cover up its war crimes and crimes against humanity,” it continues.

Coldplay, Vampire Weekend and Beabadoobee added to BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2024 line-up - www.nme.com - Kenya
nme.com
20.03.2024

Coldplay, Vampire Weekend and Beabadoobee added to BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2024 line-up

Coldplay, Vampire Weekend and Beabadoobee are among the names that have been added to the huge line-up for BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2024.This year’s edition of the festival is set to run between Friday, May 24 and Sunday, May 26, and will be held at Stockwood Park in Luton.The names for the first two nights had already been announced, and now the line-up for Sunday has been confirmed, with Coldplay topping the bill on the Main Stage.We'll be closing out #BigWeekend Luton with a headline performance from @coldplay on Sunday 26th May! ✨For more details and info on tickets, visit https://t.co/4t4HBZtjzI pic.twitter.com/9gvRfS50OO— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) March 20, 2024“We wouldn’t be anywhere without Radio 1 and we’re super excited to come to Luton this year and play Big Weekend,” the band said about their inclusion on the line-up.Rounding out the Main Stage bill on Sunday will be Declan McKenna, Olly Alexander, Sabrina Carpenter and Vampire Weekend.Tickets for the weekend go on sale at 5pm tomorrow (March 21), and will cost £29.50, plus a £4.50 booking fee. Full information on how to get yours can be found here.The festival has also confirmed the line-up for the New Music Stage on Sunday, May 26, with Beabadoobee taking top billing.

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