Olly revealed the news live during the Grand Final of Strictly Come Dancing.
During tonight's Strictly Come Dancing Grand Final, Olly Alexander announced that he'll be representing the United Kingdom at the 68th Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden in May 2024.
As he embarks on the first release under his own name, Olly Alexander remains one of the world's most trailblazing modern pop stars. Across three hugely successful albums to date, the singer, actor and fashion icon has scored 2 #1 UK albums, 10 UK Top 40 singles and was recently awarded the BRIT Billion Award (with 6.5 billion streams globally).
With Years & Years evolving into a solo project and in 2024, a brand new solo era, Olly has become a once-in-a-generation voice, starring in Russell T Davies' hit Channel 4 drama It's A Sin.
Olly has headlined arenas and festivals worldwide and collaborated with the likes of Sir Elton John, Kylie and Pet Shop Boys and his UK Eurovision song, co-written with Danny L Harle, will be revealed in due course.
On represeting the UK at Eurovision, Olly Alexander said "I’ve loved watching Eurovision ever since I was a little kid and I’m beyond excited to be taking part next year. As a young boy I always looked forward to this incredible event of unbridled joy, the wonderfully chaotic mix of musical styles, theatrical performances, heartfelt emotion and humour."
"I really can’t believe I’m going to be a part of such a special legacy and fly the flag for the UK in the gayest way possible, it shall be an honour! I’ve wanted to do this for a long time and it feels like the right moment to start releasing music under my own name. I’m determined to give it everything I’ve got and put on an excellent and unforgettable performance for you all!"
To which President of Polydor Records, Ben Mortimer, added "Polydor, as the British home of ABBA and Loreen, have a deep connection with Sweden and Eurovision. And, we also have a deep connection with the trailblazing, cultural force that is Olly Alexander, who we have worked with for almost ten years. He is quite simply an incredible talent who we are convinced will make a huge impact for the UK in this year’s competition. We are proud to be supporting him in his bid for Eurovision success."
The BBC’s Eurovision Song Contest 2024 coverage is a BBC Studios Entertainment production, commissioned by Kalpna Patel-Knight, Head of Entertainment at the BBC and executive produced by Andrew Cartmell and Lee Smithurst.
The Creative Director for BBC Studios Entertainment North is Pete Ogden and Suzy Lamb is the Managing Director of Entertainment & Music at BBC Studios with Katie Taylor as Commissioning Editor for the BBC.
The BBC's Head of Entertainment, Kalpna Patel-Knight, said "To have an artist of Olly Alexander’s calibre representing the UK in Malmö in 2024 is testament to just how much the BBC wants to keep momentum of Eurovision riding high since the UK had the honour of hosting the contest on behalf of Ukraine in Liverpool earlier this year. Olly is the perfect ambassador for the UK as both an immensely talented and world renowned artist and passionate fan of the competition."
To which Suzy Lamb, MD of Entertainment & Music at BBC Studios, added "BBC Studios is so excited to be working with the incredible Olly Alexander to create something very special for the UK at Eurovision. Olly is a world class, charismatic performer and we can’t wait for him to raise the roof at next year’s contest in Sweden."
Eurovision Song Contest 2024 airs Tuesday 7th, Thursday 9th and Saturday 11th May on BBC One