Olly Alexander takes to the stage for BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend for his first performance


Olly Alexander took to the stage for BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Luton for his first performance since his Eurovision zero points horror earlier this month.

The Years And Years star, 33, represented the UK at the music competition in Malmö, Sweden with his raunchy track Dizzy on May 11.

But while things appeared to be looking positive after the jury vote of 46, he sadly received an unfathomable no votes from the public, resulting in him finishing in 18th place. 

The star brushed the zero points under the carpet as he took to the stage in Luton for day three of the BBC festival on Sunday – which Coldplay headlined.

Olly stepped out in a black vest and white cargo pants for his raunchy performance, also sporting a pair of bright red sunglasses. 

Olly Alexander took to the stage for BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in Luton on Sunday for his first performance since his Eurovision zero points horror earlier this month

Olly Alexander took to the stage for BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Luton on Sunday for his first performance since his Eurovision zero points horror earlier this month

The star brushed the zero points under the carpet as he took to the stage in Luton for day three of the BBC festival

The star brushed the zero points under the carpet as he took to the stage in Luton for day three of the BBC festival

The hitmaker was joined on stage by two backing singer-dancers and had a video of himself played on the big screen behind him as he performed.  

Olly’s performance comes two weeks after his disappointing Eurovision standing. 

Switzerland’s Nemo stormed to an unassailable victory at the competition after the non-binary singer scored 365 points with the juries and 226 from the public for a total of 591, sweeping past Croatian entry Baby Lasagna’s score of 547.

After the UK’s zero points public vote came to light, a slew of Brits took to Twitter to share their heartbreak as they insisted that the star ‘deserved better’ – in what some deemed a career-ruining moment for the singer and actor. 

Whispers of sabotage surrounded his appearance, including claims his sound was failing, his vocals were weak and a cancellation in the final dress rehearsals. 

After the show, heartbroken fans wrote: ‘No cause why tf did Olly Alexander get 0? y’all deserved better’; ‘Zero public points for the UK – my jaw DROPPED #Eurovision2024’ 

‘Really feel for Olly Alexander, to get 0 public votes for Eurovision is really harsh! Everyone hates the U.K! I think it’s no longer about music but about politics now. Congrats to Switzerland’. 

However Olly and his team seemed to take the news in their stride as they were pictured laughing and cheering after the news was announced. 

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin appeared in good spirits as his hand headlined BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend 2024 at Stockwood Park in Luton on Sunday

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin appeared in good spirits as his hand headlined BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2024 at Stockwood Park in Luton on Sunday

He was seen pretending to stage dive, smiling as he reached his hands out in front of him while entertaining the crowd

He was seen pretending to stage dive, smiling as he reached his hands out in front of him while entertaining the crowd

Chris appeared as if he was going to leap off the stage and into the arms of his adoring fans below him

Chris appeared as if he was going to leap off the stage and into the arms of his adoring fans below him

Olly stepped out in a black vest and white cargo pants for his raunchy performance

Olly stepped out in a black vest and white cargo pants for his raunchy performance

The Years And Years star, 33, represented the UK at the music competition in Malmö, Sweden with his raunchy track Dizzy on May 11

The Years And Years star, 33, represented the UK at the music competition in Malmö, Sweden with his raunchy track Dizzy on May 11

The hitmaker was joined on stage by two backing singer-dancer

The hitmaker was joined on stage by two backing singer-dancer

Olly had a video of himself played on the big screen behind him as he performed

Olly had a video of himself played on the big screen behind him as he performed

Olly also sported a pair of bright red sunglasses for his performance

Olly also sported a pair of bright red sunglasses for his performance 

Olly's performance comes two weeks after his disappointing Eurovision standing

Olly’s performance comes two weeks after his disappointing Eurovision standing

Whispers of sabotage surrounded his appearance, including claims his sound was failing, his vocals were weak and a cancellation in the final dress rehearsal

Whispers of sabotage surrounded his appearance, including claims his sound was failing, his vocals were weak and a cancellation in the final dress rehearsal

After the UK's zero points public vote came to light, a slew of Brits took to Twitter to share their heartbreak as they insisted that the star 'deserved better'

After the UK’s zero points public vote came to light, a slew of Brits took to Twitter to share their heartbreak as they insisted that the star ‘deserved better’

Olly's Eurovision interview was cancelled ahead of the Grand Final so the star could rehearse

Olly’s Eurovision interview was cancelled ahead of the Grand Final so the star could rehearse

The star didn’t look disappointed as he celebrated with his dancers after the jam-packed performance. 

Olly’s Eurovision interview was cancelled ahead of the Grand Final so the star could rehearse. 

He and other acts were due to speak to the media ahead of the final but chaos backstage meant he could not appear. 

An email sent from the organisers of the show on Friday read: ‘Please note that the big five and Sweden media conference originally scheduled for 18.30 (5.30pm BST) has been cancelled because all artists want to focus on rehearsals.’

The big five also includes Italy, Germany, France and Spain.

Molly King showed off her edgy style credentials in an all black outfit as she took to the stage during the gig

Molly King showed off her edgy style credentials in an all black outfit as she took to the stage during the gig

The radio host and former Saturdays singer wore a black top and smart trousers with a matching leather jacket

The radio host and former Saturdays singer wore a black top and smart trousers with a matching leather jacket

The radio host and former Saturdays singer wore a black top and smart trousers with a matching leather jacket

The cancellation of the media conference was yet another twist and turn in the most chaotic and political Eurovision in the competition’s history, which also saw the Dutch act pulled and the Israeli entry picketed.

The show was overshadowed by the war in Gaza, with activists calling on organisers to ban Israel.

Raye lit up the stage at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Luton on Saturday.

The singer, 26, recently broke the record for the most BRITs won in one night with five to her name following the success of her debut album My 21st Century Blues and treated fans at the annual festival to a medley of her hits.

But just after working her way through songs like Ice Cream Man, Secrets and her signature track Escapism, she admitted to the crowd that she had had  some self-doubt.

She said: ‘I didn’t think I was ready!’

The acclaimed pop star opted for a white floral number emblazoned with roses for her performance and kept her hair in her usual black bouffant.

Raye lit up the stage at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Luton on Saturday but told the audience she didn't think she was 'ready' for the massive gig

Raye lit up the stage at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Luton on Saturday but told the audience she didn’t think she was ‘ready’ for the massive gig

The acclaimed pop star opted for a white floral number emblazoned with roses for her performance and kept her hair in her usual black bouffant

The acclaimed pop star opted for a white floral number emblazoned with roses for her performance and kept her hair in her usual black bouffant

In the middle of her set, in a nod to her track Worth It, she said: ‘Aren’t we all just looking for someone to make it just a little bit worth it?

‘I haven’t even rehearsed that, I just said it! Now, let’s end it there.’

The Prada songstress was supported by her band for the performance and at one point wanted to ‘hear it for the strings’ as she made sure the crowd gave them recognition.

The scene for the show was set with a dramatic white curtain backdrop with the colour playing a major part through out.

Raye – whose real name is Rachel Keen – had her name spelled out in white lights up above and her backing singers all shone in the same colour.

BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend comes just two days after Raye looked stunning in nude at the Ivor Novello Awards.

She looked incredible in the figure-hugging dress and went home with the Songwriter Of The Year award.

The scene for the show was set with a dramatic white curtain backdrop with the colour playing a major part through out.

The scene for the show was set with a dramatic white curtain backdrop with the colour playing a major part through out.

The acclaimed singer-songwriter worked her way through a number of her biggest crowd-pleasers at the gig

The acclaimed singer-songwriter worked her way through a number of her biggest crowd-pleasers at the gig 

She also made sure that her band got the recognition they deserved from her thousands of screaming fans

She also made sure that her band got the recognition they deserved from her thousands of screaming fans

Raye , 26, enjoyed massive success BRITs success earlier this year as she broke records once held by the likes of Adele and Harry Styles

Raye , 26, enjoyed massive success BRITs success earlier this year as she broke records once held by the likes of Adele and Harry Styles

Raye also holds the record for the most BRITs won at a single ceremony, a record which previously stood at four, jointly held by Blur (1995), Adele (2016) and Harry Styles (2023). 

Raye had been nominated eight times – the most ever for a single artist in a year – including two nods for song of the year, for Escapism, which won the title, and Prada.

Referencing her new beginning in her Best New Artist Speech, Raye said: ”I have to thank my mum and my dad who are also part of my team, and my grandma. Yes grandma! I, in ways, do feel like a new artist. I released my first song when I was 15, my first mixtape when I was 16, don’t go and listen to it because it’s not that good any more.

‘But I do feel like a new artist, I got to start again. The artist I was three years ago would not believe what she’s seeing today. I’m my own boss now, I’m in control. Thank you!’ 



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