Olly Alexander hopes Eurovision appearance offers career boost

Olly Alexander hopes Eurovision has given him a great "platform" for his solo career.

The former Years and Years singer represented the UK with 'Dizzy' in Saturday's (11.05.24) competition, and though he failed to impress - coming 18th out of 25 with no points from the public vote and just 46 from the jury - his motivation for taking part was to introduce himself to a wider audience.

He told the Daily Star Sunday newspaper: "I did Eurovision because it was a great opportunity to promote my music.

"That was part of my decision.

"I'm releasing new music for the first time in a few years.

"I hope that Eurovision will be a brilliant platform for 'Dizzy'. It is the first song from my new album, I've got a lot of new music to come."

The 'It's A Sin' actor thinks Eurovision does a lot to promote artists around the world.

He added: "People love the songs they see at Eurovision. They do really well.

"They've been embraced by a younger audience."

Olly's 'Dizzy' co-writer, Danny L Harle, recently revealed he had been working on some other songs with the star.

Speaking to GRAMMYs.com, Danny teased: "I've written some more tracks with him that do that. I've really been enjoying that with Olly because his voice is so agile and can really make sense of more complicated chord sequences.

"Another thing I've been enjoying with him is when there's sparseness and letting the vocal melody spell out the harmony and maybe occasionally go minor and major over one bass note, which is something I really, really enjoy."

Teaming up with the 'Desire' hitmaker is something Danny - who also worked on Dua Lipa's latest album 'Radical Optimism', and is also known for working with the likes of Charli XCX and Caroline Polachek - has always wanted to do, and he was delighted to find they had instant "chemistry" in the studio.

Danny continued: "I've always been a big fan of Olly Alexander, I’ve wanted to work with him my whole career. I believe I tweeted at him in 2009 saying hi. But I think people who like my stuff could hear that he has the kind of voice that I really like: a very virtuosic, melodic voice. [We] just had immediate chemistry, musically. We've written a fair amount of music and he’s a very exciting artist to be involved with."