Eurovision fans 'baffled' by Olly Alexander's performance as 'something wasn't right'

British singer Oliver Alexander Thornton aka Olly Alexander representing the United Kingdom with the song "Dizzy" performs during the final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2024 on May 11, 2024 at the Malmo Arena in Malmo, Sweden.
Olly Alexander's Eurovision performance has left fans all saying the same thing -Credit:JESSICA GOW/TT/TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP via Getty Images

Eurovision enthusiasts were left scratching their heads over Olly Alexander's performance, feeling that 'something wasn't right'.

As the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest final unfolded live on Saturday night, viewers watched Olly Alexander take the stage, representing the UK with high hopes of him claiming the title.

However, despite his energetic showcase, some audience members couldn't shake off the feeling that something was amiss during his act.

The singer, who had faced criticism earlier in the week during the semi-finals, delivered his song "Dizzy" to an eager crowd, determined to move past the recent critiques.

While many at home rallied behind Olly, praising him for a stellar performance as the final notes rang out, there was a contingent of fans who noticed what seemed to be a sound glitch, the Mirror reports.

The Years & Years singer performed his track Dizzy at Malmo Arena in Sweden -Credit:AP
The Years & Years singer performed his track Dizzy at Malmo Arena in Sweden -Credit:AP

They pointed out that the audio was barely audible, sparking speculation over whether there was a technical hiccup with the microphone or sound system.

Social media platforms saw a flurry of comments from concerned fans. One viewer remarked on X: "I think Olly (United Kingdom) mic failed again like it did in rehearsal."

Another chimed in with: "Just me or was Olly's mic turned down what happened? "

Disappointment was evident as another fan expressed their long-standing support for Olly but questioned the audio levels: "I have loved Olly for years! But why didn't they turn his mic up? And that box thing was so distracting."

Echoing the sentiment, another added: "Have they turned Olly's mic down? ! " while yet another viewer pondered: "Did they turn the volume down on Olly's mic? ".

Olly's performance has been the talk of the town after he faced backlash for his 'poor singing' during the semi-final.

He later revealed that his microphone pack had fallen off during his performance, which "threw him off".

In an Instagram video, Olly spoke about feeling "tired" and discussed acts not qualifying for the upcoming final.

He said: "Eurovision updates. Semi-final one was last night. I performed - it was ... it was good. I had a slight ... well, my mic pack fell out halfway through the performance so I had to catch it and ... just ... it kind of threw me off."

"There were elements of the routine I couldn't really do as well as I'd have liked. I was quite stressed that my pack was gonna fall off entirely and my in-eyes were gonna ... anyway, it doesn't matter.

"It doesn't matter. That is the thrill of live music, live television - anything can happen."

This comes after the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced several changes hours before the grand final following the disqualification of Dutch act Joost Klein.

Olly Alexander, United Kingdom's entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2024, attends the red carpet at La Riviera during the Eurovision PreParty ES 2024 on March 30, 2024 in Madrid, Spain.
Fans have been left questioning whether Olly's mic had been turned down during the final -Credit:Patricia J. Garcinuno/Getty Images

The singer will miss the final while Swedish police investigate a complaint of inappropriate behaviour, according to the European Broadcasting Union.

The EBU released a statement saying: "The Dutch artist Joost Klein will not be competing in the Grand Final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Swedish police have investigated a complaint made by a female member of the production crew after an incident following his performance in Thursday night's Semi Final."

"While the legal process takes its course, it would not be appropriate for him to continue in the Contest. We would like to make it clear that, contrary to some media reports and social media speculation, this incident did not involve any other performer or delegation member."

"We maintain a zero-tolerance policy towards inappropriate behaviour at our event and are committed to providing a safe and secure working environment for all staff at the Contest.

"In light of this, Joost Klein's behaviour towards a team member is deemed in breach of Contest rules. The Grand Final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest will now proceed with 25 participating songs."

Regarding the changes, the organisers of Eurovision have stated that all contestants would keep their official running order.

According to the EBU, the jury results received after dress rehearsal number two on Friday had been recalculated, so that the Netherlands would not receive any points.

Jury members rank all songs from one to 26 there are now 25 performers. This means that if the Netherlands was ranked ninth by a national jury in any country, the 10th ranked song would move down to number nine.

In a surprising turn of events, it was announced that the Netherlands would not be receiving any points from the public during the grand final, nor would they appear on the scoreboard.

However, Dutch viewers are still permitted to cast their votes in the grand final and the results from the Dutch jury remain valid.

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