UK Eurovision's Olly Alexander has fans 'concerned' for final as staging grabs attention

UK Eurovision's Olly Alexander
UK Eurovision's Olly Alexander -Credit:PA

Olly Alexander sent fans into a frenzy on his Eurovision Song Contest debut on Tuesday night, with admirers describing the UK staging as the 'best ever' at the event, as the Years & Years star performed his track Dizzy. However, many viewers were left 'concerned' about the same thing - his rather shaky vocals.

Olly, the singer who's had huge chart success with hits like King and Shine, revealed himself to be the UK act for Eurovision during the Strictly final in December, with fans full of excitement over the news. Dizzy was released to favourable reviews at the start of March and, since then, as well as doing a wealth of TV and radio interviews, Olly has been promoting his entry at pre parties right across Europe.

After rehearsal 'leaks' got everyone talking online, Olly got to perform with his dancers in front of a packed crowd inside the Malmo Arena on Tuesday evening as, the UK, in a real break from tradition, got to take to the stage in the semi final, despite already having a guaranteed spot in Saturday's grand final.

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Olly gave the first of three preview performances in Eurovision semi final 1 before Germany and host nation Sweden did the same. And, while he arrived after much buzzed about artist Bambie Thug from Ireland, Olly soon grabbed all the attention online.

Fans both and home and across the world could not get enough of his set, described as a 'dystopian gym' while the revamped version of Dizzy, with an orchestral bridge and big finish also impressed, as pyros filled the air. However, for some viewers, while in agreement that the staging was fully en pointe, felt that the vocals suffered, before noticing on second look, that his mic pack fell out midway through the song.

Posting on X, one fan wrote: "Well, Olly's vocals were a little dodgy in places, but that staging was superb. What an ending" as a second reacted: "s amazing as Olly was, AND IT WAS AMAZING, them vocals need to be tighter on the night of final. I’m worried what’ll happen if they ain’t. I want him to get that top ten he deserves."

Among the many others who offered their opinions, a third commented: "Not sure if Olly got overexcited or nervous but that vocal was very pitchy, I've heard him live before and he can do much better than that. Just hope the over-staging doesn't detract him too much from the vocals.