He wants his special someone to make him “Dizzy” with their kisses and to spin him ’round and ’round. But Olly Alexander does not want to stand on a Lazy Susan and pretend to be butter.

Hell to the no. Speaking to our Cinan at the Eurovision PrePartyES in Madrid on Friday, the former Years & Years frontman said he wants the crowd to expect the unexpected.

As you can see from around seven minutes in our interview below, Olly is thinking outside of the box and wants to douse said box in gasoline. He’s ready to blaze a trail to Malmö with intrigue and mystery — and one very well-known stage director. 

Olly Alexander teases “gritty” stage show…but not “something that spins around”

So what should we expect?

“I want it to be surprising for the audience, something they’re not quite expecting,” he says.

“I definitely want to bring a sense of dizziness, but I think people might be expecting something that spins around, but I’m probably not going to do that. I just really want to stand out in the competition. Something unique. I hope it’s going to be quite gritty.”

Olly is working with Theo Adams, the creative director and artist who has worked with big-time stars including Paloma Faith, Kylie Minogue, and Jessi Ware. On top of his existing work, Theo is also a huge Eurovision fan, which likely explains why Olly considers him his “secret weapon.”

So will the choreography on stage match the choreo we saw in Olly’s slick music video? He says you’ll have to wait and see. 

Following Saturday’s concert in Madrid, Olly has seen his odds to win the competition climb slightly, reflecting the goodwill toward his debut live performance.

 

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The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
14 days ago

I really think they SHOULD consider having some sort of moving or spinning props or platform he has to stand or sit on. It just wouldn’t make sense otherwise.

Helen
Helen
15 days ago

I’ve watched Eurovision since the 60’s and have never once tuned into the semi finals . This year I will be tuning in to the semis as excited to see Ollys preformance and staging ?

Suni
Suni
15 days ago

Still waiting for approval, but he is Getting My ALL 12 points

Suni
Suni
15 days ago

I just love him

Troy
Troy
16 days ago

HE WILL GET THE 1st PLACE! 🙂 (from the end..)

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
12 days ago
Reply to  Troy

Crawl back under your stone, pumpkin.

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
16 days ago

Im no fan of this UK song, but I do see that Olly uses all his talents and craftmanship performing it to his best.

I enjoy seeing what he is doing and hope for a good endresult for the UK.

Jonas
Jonas
17 days ago

I hope it’s not revolving camerawork, because that really does make me dizzy. Also nauseous. Angelina gave a performance at Sanremo this year which left me with stars whizzing around my eyes.

anna
anna
17 days ago

The best surprise he can do is to bring a better song to the contest. Seriously I was expecting a lot from him and that dizzy song is just background music of a clothing shop.

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
17 days ago
Reply to  anna

I was letdown too. Knowing he’s capable of better, he just went with a song you get fed up of too fast

Jimmy
Jimmy
17 days ago
Reply to  BiCHOTA

I like the song, I actually think it’s one to repeat a few times. But I agree that it doesn’t have a particular wow moment in its 3 minutes, at least not the audio track. Let’s see what he brings to the stage. Hopefully it will live up to expectations and be the kind of performance people want to come back to on YouTube and play and play again.

Jimmy
Jimmy
17 days ago
Reply to  anna

Funny, because I heard it in Zara last week.

Dennis Kinghorn
Dennis Kinghorn
18 days ago

I hope the staging goes well. It’s usually something the UK is poor at.

Gaga
Gaga
18 days ago

I will vote for Olly. What a likeable person and a talented artist. Love him

Nikki
Nikki
18 days ago
Reply to  Gaga

Same same

Jimmy
Jimmy
18 days ago

Nice interview. Olly seems really sweet and I’m glad he’s enjoying his Eurovision experience.

John
John
18 days ago

I’m gonna guess aerial work like Conchita’s opening number in 2015.

hebbuzz
hebbuzz
18 days ago
Reply to  John

I think the same. The crawling on the floor like in het video is reminding me too much of Smeagol in LOTR

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
18 days ago

a breakdancer next to Olly perhaps, who spins around next to him as his choreography

similar to the breakdancer with MILF Kati Wolf her slayage of a performance in 2011