He recently teased a gay sub-plot to the Netflix Eurovision movie, revealing to Attitude magazine that his character Alexander Lemtov has “issues with his identity and what he’s able to admit to.”
And in a newly released clip from the movie, which debuts on Friday June 26th, Dan Stevens lets it all hang out as his character performs the camp song “Lion of Love”.
Dan Stevens sings “Lion of Love” from the Netflix Eurovision Movie
Portraying the son of a billionaire from Chechnya, Dan performs in a right royal jacket with luxurious golden threading and oversized black cuffs. Naturally he wears it open, showing off his abs of steel as he works every inch of his diaphragm.
Dan, who famously adopted a strict fitness regime after leaving Downton Abbey, wears black skinny jeans that cling to every contour, and an expensive pair of knee high boots with gold rims that would befit any oligarch. As Dan unleashes the animal within, the LED behind him displays the silhouette of a lion — a reminder that he’s ready to get wild.
Eurofans will recognise that he’s standing on a stage that re-creates the Tel Aviv Expo — home of Eurovision 2019 — and that he sings beneath those iconic light-up triangles, designed by Eurovision stalwart Florian Wieder.
Dan has said that his accent in the movie makes unique have four syllables. And you can understand why as he tries to mimic English-not-as-a-first-language while delivering the song. While I’m not fully sure what lyrics he’s actually singing, my best guess is: “I will make you rise up to the sky above and when I roar you’ll know, you’ll know I’m done…somewhere, someone tonight, we’ll meet the lion of love.”
In a recent video featuring the film’s stars, uploaded on the official Eurovision account, Dan said he found it curious chatting with people who aren’t familiar with the contest.
“It’s really interesting talking to grown-ups who don’t know what the Eurovision Song Contest is — often Americans, or Canadians,” he says, “because in Europe you just grow up with this thing that’s on telly every year.”
“It’s a fun night of telly, because you just see everything.”
Co-star Demi Lovato loves the kumbaya feels of it all. She said:
“I think it’s really beautiful that there is something like Eurovision that brings people together, especially in this day and age when there’s so much hate in the world and when you’re able to turn a negative experience like the war…into something positive by bringing people together through the universal language of music. I think that’s so beautiful and powerful and inspiring.”
Are you looking forward to seeing Dan Stevens in the Eurovision Netflix movie? Do you think his song could make the final at the real Eurovision? Let us know in the comments section below!