Olly Alexander fights back tears as he explains he was 'thrown off' by a wardrobe malfunction during his Eurovision performance which left him 'confused and stressed' as fans shared concerns over 'shaky vocals' SuperNayr

Olly Alexander struggled to hide his emotions as he admitted he was ‘thrown off’ my a wardrobe malfunction during his performance at the Eurovision Semi Final on Tuesday night. 

The Years and Years singer, 33, who’s representing Great Britain with his catchy tune Dizzy, was joined by group of hunky shirtless backup dancers as they performed the explosive number.

However the artists suffered a slight wardrobe malfunction when his mic pack fell off during the second chorus and was left dangling behind him, as fans shared their concerns over his shaky vocals.

Taking to his Instagram to share an update with fans on Wednesday, Olly looked visibly disheartened and seemed to be fighting back tears as he admitted he was ‘worried and stressed’. 

He told fans: ‘Eurovision update. Semi Final one was last night, I performed, it was good. I had a slight wardrobe malfunction, well my mic pack fell out halfway through the performance so I had to catch it.

Olly Alexander fought back tears as he explained he was 'thrown off' by a wardrobe malfunction during his Eurovision performance on Tuesday night which left him 'confused and stressed' as fans shared concerns over 'shaky vocals'

Olly Alexander fought back tears as he explained he was ‘thrown off’ by a wardrobe malfunction during his Eurovision performance on Tuesday night which left him ‘confused and stressed’ as fans shared concerns over ‘shaky vocals’

The Years and Years singer, 33, who's representing Great Britain with his catchy tune Dizzy,  suffered a slight wardrobe malfunction when his mic pack fell off during the second chorus and was left dangling behind him

The Years and Years singer, 33, who’s representing Great Britain with his catchy tune Dizzy,  suffered a slight wardrobe malfunction when his mic pack fell off during the second chorus and was left dangling behind him

‘It kind of threw me off. I was worried. There were elements of the routine I couldn’t really do as well as I would have liked and I was stressed that the pack would just fall off entirely and my in-ears would fall out.’

Taking some deep breaths he continued: ‘But it doesn’t matter. That is the thrill of live music, television anything can happen.

‘But the show was amazing so many amazing contestants and everyone did so well. It was heartbreaking that anyone had to go home.’

Earlier in the day Olly also spoke to Scott Mills on his Radio 2 show as he admitted: ‘I did have a slight wardrobe malfunction when my mic pack fell off in the second chorus so I was a bit confused and stressed by that’.

Supporting the UK act Scott, who is commentating at the song contest alongside Rylan Clark, added: ‘But good thing it happened now’ as Olly replied: ‘Oh exactly’. 

Speaking about the performance as a whole Olly said: ‘It was very good to perform in the semi-final because there’s less pressure so I’m there with all the other contestants but I’m already qualified for the final, so I get to run the whole show as if it was the real thing but I don’t have to worry about the voting, so that was good.’ 

With the help of some clever camera work, Olly and his dancers appeared to be spinning around and walking on the ceiling during the jam-packed performance. 

Olly’s boxing themed routine, which is already guaranteed a place in Saturday’s Grand Final, saw him don a distressed vest and red trousers which was worn with a colour-coordinated jock strap over the top.

Taking to his Instagram to share an update with fans on Wednesday, Olly looked visibly disheartened and seemed to be fighting back tears as he admitted he was 'worried and stressed'

'It kind of threw me off. I was worried. There were elements of the routine I couldn't really do as well as I would have liked and I was stressed that the pack would just fall off entirely and my in-ears would fall out'

Taking to his Instagram to share an update with fans on Wednesday, Olly looked visibly disheartened and seemed to be fighting back tears as he admitted he was ‘worried and stressed’

Taking some deep breaths he continued: 'But it doesn't matter. That is the thrill of live music, television anything can happen'

Taking some deep breaths he continued: ‘But it doesn’t matter. That is the thrill of live music, television anything can happen’

The raunchy number saw Olly sensually running his hands over the dancer's shirtless bodies before they entered into a dance sequence and the singer thrusted to the beat

The raunchy number saw Olly sensually running his hands over the dancer’s shirtless bodies before they entered into a dance sequence and the singer thrusted to the beat 

The raunchy number saw Olly sensually running his hands over the dancer’s shirtless bodies before they entered into a dance sequence and the singer thrusted to the beat. 

Asked to describe the performance for anyone who hasn’t seen it, Olly surmised: ‘It’s a little bit like an interstellar locker room hurtling through space via the 1980s in a boxing gym, does that make sense? There’s a lot going on’.

‘Honestly, I’ve never been in an environment like this before because you’ve got those 3 minutes and it’s over before it’s begun.

‘There’s so much energy you need to conjure up and it’s so intense, I mean I’ve never done anything like this actually, it’s unique.’

Directed by Theo Adams, Olly admitted that when the concept for the staging was first brought to him it blew his mind and is the most rehearsed performance he has ever executed. 

‘When he [Theo] first started to tell me what the performance was going to be, because obviously there’s a lot of trickery with the cameras and on the set things are made to look like you don’t know if their upside down or the right way up, it really blew my mind and I was very confused, and sometimes I’m still confused by the performance and what’s going on!

‘It’s the most rehearsed thing I’ve ever done the precision is quite amazing’.

While fans were left split on the performance with half loving the song and it staging, and others concerned about Olly’s shaky vocals, Olly said he is incredibly happy with the performance. 

Directed by Theo Adams, Olly admitted that when the concept for the staging was first brought to him it blew his mind and is the most rehearsed performance he has ever executed

Directed by Theo Adams, Olly admitted that when the concept for the staging was first brought to him it blew his mind and is the most rehearsed performance he has ever executed 

Olly also spoke about the dramatic moment his Eurovisio n semi-final performance went awry in light of the mic faux pas during Lorraine on Wednesday morning

Olly also spoke about the dramatic moment his Eurovisio n semi-final performance went awry in light of the mic faux pas during Lorraine on Wednesday morning 

Olly said: 'I had a slight wardrobe malfunction and my mic pack fell off and I had to improvise, it's live tv and it happens!'

Olly said: ‘I had a slight wardrobe malfunction and my mic pack fell off and I had to improvise, it’s live tv and it happens!’ 

‘I love it I’m so proud of this performance its very bold, unapologetic, it’s a little bit risqué for some some may say and that’s what I wanted to do, to get out there and put on a show. 

‘It’s so surreal I feel just like I’m in a dream and everything here is just so surreal.’ 

However it seems fans were split on the performance as they took to Twitter to share their opinions. 

While half seemed to love the song and raved about the expressive staging, others noticed Olly’s vocals were slightly off and shaky, as one even hoped he was saving his vocals ahead of Saturday’s final.

Olly also spoke about the dramatic moment his Eurovision semi-final performance went awry in light of the mic faux pas during Lorraine on Wednesday morning.

After the mic pack fell off the star had to continue the performance whilst attempting to grab the pack, no doubt contributing to the less-than-perfect vocals some fans complained about.

Olly said: ‘I had a slight wardrobe malfunction and my mic pack fell off and I had to improvise, it’s live tv and it happens!’

‘The dancing is a bit naughty and the team is fantastic. It’s like the Olympics of music, it’s a fun, chaotic circus. 

He added: ‘This whole thing has been wild, it was amazing last night. It was the first time performing it on live TV. 

‘There is so much support from the other contestants, it’s been the experience of a lifetime. I feel so lucky and privileged to be doing it.’

‘My mum watched last night and she is coming out tomorrow and she is so excited.’

With the help of some clever camera work, Olly and his dancers appeared to be spinning around and walking on the ceiling in the jam-packed performance

With the help of some clever camera work, Olly and his dancers appeared to be spinning around and walking on the ceiling in the jam-packed performance

Viewers praised Olly for persevering and still doing a 'ridiculously assured' job despite the unexpected setback

Viewers praised Olly for persevering and still doing a ‘ridiculously assured’ job despite the unexpected setback

Filmed inside the room for the majority of the performance, it was only in the final chorus the entourage broke out onto the stage as he belted out the final notes. 

As the crowd went wild, the commentary hosts Scott Mills and Rylan Clark exclaimed: ‘Yes Olly, that’s how you do it!’ 

However it seems fans were split on the performance as they took to Twitter to share their opinions. 

While half seemed to love the song and raved about the expressive staging, others noticed Olly’s vocals were slightly off and shaky, as one even hoped he was saving his vocals ahead of Saturday’s final. 

Raving about the performance, fans exclaimed: ‘so proud of you Olly!❤️✨ you smashed it, the vocal, staging, visuals, choreo, dancing was stunning!!! And those pirouettes by the dancers incredible! Well done #teamdizzy #Eurovision #Eurovision2024 ❤️xxx’;

‘Loved Olly. Great song. Great staging. Fab performance’; ‘OMFG @alexander_olly OFF THE SCALE TONIGHT!!!!! SO SO SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!#Eurovision2024 #Eurovision2024 @bbceurovision always doing a great job!!!!!’;

‘Fantastic performance from @alexander_olly amazing staging. Look how far we’ve come’; ‘@Rylan@BBCRadio2#Eurovision2024 omg when I watched olly i swear to god i thought he was in a video the best ever i ever seen’;

‘olly Alexander made me dizzy for his pelvic thrusting nevermind his kisses’;

Olly added: 'This whole thing has been wild, it was amazing last night. It was the first time performing it on live TV'

Olly added: ‘This whole thing has been wild, it was amazing last night. It was the first time performing it on live TV’ 

However it seems fans were split on the performance as they took to Twitter to share their opinions and while some loved the staging others picked up on the shaky vocals

However it seems fans were split on the performance as they took to Twitter to share their opinions and while some loved the staging others picked up on the shaky vocals 

The majority of the song was filmed inside the box, with the entourage only breaking out into the stage in the final chorus

‘I thought Olly did well tonight! That staging was the best enthusiasm I’ve seen for Years and Years (pun very much intended) so maybe we can hope for a left-side finish this year? #Eurovision2024’

However others shared their concern over Olly’s vocals as they wrote: ‘Well, Olly’s vocals were a little dodgy in places, but that staging was superb. What an ending.’

‘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.’

‘Even though I’m from the Uk , Olly’s vocals were shaky and I wasn’t keen on the staging. Song is catchy’; ‘#Eurovision2024 Semi Final UK I expected better vocals from Olly tonight’

‘Tbh with the quality of the semi finals I think Olly should call in sick on Saturday’; ‘Shall we just say that Olly is “saving his voice” for Saturday’; ‘Those vocals were s**t, jittery, all over the place and out of breath, I hope they are fixed for the final’.

‘People vehemently arguing with me that Olly wasn’t out of tune during his performance God, I love this platform. It really does give a voice to all sorts. Shame it doesn’t give hearing to them as well… #eurovision2024’

‘Great performance and staging by Olly Alexander at the #Eurovision2024 but it will be a huge mistake if they broadcast the entire song like that on Saturday. With no stage context wides, it looks like it was 95% pre-recorded video and that he wasn’t actually on stage’

It comes after Olly revealed he came close to a ‘breakdown’ amid fierce pressure on him to quit the competition. 

There have been intense calls for him to pull out due to Israel’s involvement in the show, which has enraged fans due to the country’s ongoing bombardment of Gaza.

Olly told The Times about looking downcast at a recent Eurovision pre-party in London: ‘Yes, I struggled that day. I was holed up in a room trying not to have a breakdown.

Olly told Scott Mills: 'It¿s the most rehearsed thing I¿ve ever done the precision is quite amazing'

Olly told Scott Mills: ‘It’s the most rehearsed thing I’ve ever done the precision is quite amazing’ 

The raunchy performance featured intense lighting and close up shots

The raunchy performance featured intense lighting and close up shots 

However, others noticed Olly's vocals were slightly off and shaky, as one even hoped he was saving his vocals ahead of Saturday's final

However, others noticed Olly’s vocals were slightly off and shaky, as one even hoped he was saving his vocals ahead of Saturday’s final 

‘Normally, you get on stage and turn it on, but I felt really unable to do that. It was tough… I just could not get it together and then I felt ashamed of myself and embarrassed.’

Olly also reportedly began to cry during his chat with the newspaper as he added: ‘Obviously, there are a lot of things I wish were different. And this is so much bigger than me and Eurovision, it really is.

‘Obviously, I wish there wasn’t a war or this insane humanitarian crisis. I wish for peace and I have found this experience, at times, extremely… I’ve just felt really sad and distressed.

‘But I still believe it’s a good thing when people come together for entertainment. That’s why I wanted to do Eurovision.’

A week before his Eurovision showcase, Olly responded to an open letter signed by Queers for Palestine, a collective of more than 450 queer artists, individuals and organisations asking him to quit Eurovision as part of a protest over Israel’s involvement. 

While sympathetic, Olly and his fellow Eurovision contestants stated that their performances will go ahead.

He said in his statement: ‘It is important to us to stand in solidarity with the oppressed and communicate our heartfelt wish for peace, an immediate lasting ceasefire, and the safe return of all hostages. We stand united against all forms of hate, including antisemitism and islamophobia.

‘We firmly believe in the unifying power of music, enabling people to transcend differences and foster meaningful conversations and connections. We feel it is our duty to create and uphold this space, with a strong hope that it will inspire greater compassion and empathy.’

Scott Mills airs on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.

The Eurovision Song Contest final airs on Saturday at 8pm on BBC One. 

Olly recently revealed he came close to a 'breakdown' amid fierce pressure on him to quit the competition due to his support for Palestine

Olly recently revealed he came close to a ‘breakdown’ amid fierce pressure on him to quit the competition due to his support for Palestine

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