Olly Alexander breaks silence by explaining what went wrong during Eurovision performance

The Eurovision Song Contest 2024 kicked off on Tuesday evening with its first semi-final, with British contestant Olly Alexander receiving mixed reviews after his concert in Sweden.

OIly Alexander discusses microphone malfunction during Eurovision performance

Olly Alexander has broken his silence amid criticism of his performance in Sweden on Tuesday night.

Speaking on Lorraine on Wednesday morning, Alexander addressed the backlash and explained how his whole experience at the Eurovision Song Contest so far has been “wild”, with the show’s host calling his act of “bad”.

British entrants to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest took to the stage in the Swedish city of Gothenburg for the event’s semi-finals, days after the former Years and Years singer explained his reasons for rejection of calls for him to respect the BDS boycott of Eurovision and withdraw from the competition.

But the negative reactions to Alexander’s first Eurovision performance had nothing to do with the singer’s politics or ethics, with some BBC viewers instead taking aim at the British entry’s seemingly weak voice as he was singing a rendition of Dizzy – the song he hopes will attract some. points in the final on Saturday evening.

Olly Alexander was all smiles as he appeared on the ITV show hours after his semi-final performance.(ITV)

Alexander was accused of being “fake” and “out of tune” by some fans watching, but others argued the singer, 33, struggled after his mic dropped mid-performance. “As a gym instructor, I know how off-putting this is,” one Twitter user (X) wrote in defense of Alexander. “An incredible performance just got elevated again!”

Chatting to Lorraine Kelly on her ITV show on Wednesday, Alexander was all smiles as he caught up with the Scottish TV presenter via video link. As Kelly told Eurovision her song Dizzy is “a banger” and said “I would have loved to have been in that (music) video”, Alexander told the ITV star: “Thank you Lorraine, you’re welcome to join me on stage if you’d like, you’re more than welcome.”

“It’s such a huge thing,” Kelly continued. “It is enormous.” Alexander then admitted: “This whole Eurovision experience is crazy. Last night was amazing. It was my first time performing in the arena and on TV. It was just… yeah , it was incredible.” He then revealed: “I had a slight wardrobe malfunction – my mic pack fell off – and I had to improvise but it’s no big deal – it’s live TV, it happens. “

“You did so well with that,” Kelly then told her guest, adding, “I think a lot of people – I noticed it – but I think a lot of people wouldn’t have noticed that the microphone had come off. So you have to adapt, well done for that And also, what a naughty performance, I’m happy to say, I thought it was fantastic – these dancers are just fantastic!