IT'S OLL OVER Olly Alexander in humiliating Eurovision defeat as 2024 winner revealed amid huge controversy

EUROVISION fans were left devastated tonight as Olly Alexander failed to make enough of an impact - and got zero points from the public vote.

The UK’s entry in this year’s competition, taking place in Malmo Arena in Sweden on Saturday, scored just 46 points after the juries and public placed their votes, while Swiss group Nemo topped the leaderboard.

Olly Alexander ended up getting no votes from the public in a huge blow
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Olly Alexander ended up getting no votes from the public in a huge blowCredit: AP
Olly Alexander represented Great Britain with the song Dizzy
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Olly Alexander represented Great Britain with the song DizzyCredit: EPA
Nemo of Switzerland who performed the song The Code were over the moon with their votes
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Nemo of Switzerland who performed the song The Code were over the moon with their votesCredit: AP
Baby Lasagna from Croatia was the favourite to win this year and came in second
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Baby Lasagna from Croatia was the favourite to win this year and came in secondCredit: Getty

Tonight’s controversial show saw 25 countries perform after a week of tensions around Israel's participation during the Gaza war.

Years and Years frontman Olly was the UK’s most high-profile Eurovision entry in more than a decade - and there were high hopes.

He secured his place in the final at Malmo Arena as one the show's 'five big countries'.

But despite a huge fanbase in the UK, Olly’s performance came under fire with some claiming there were sound issues through.Olly had previously defended his vocals after the semi finals, but some felt it was not much better this time round - and he ended up in 18th place.

Nemo ended up winning the 68th Eurovision Song Contest with The Code, an operatic ode to the singers journey toward embracing their nongender identity.

Nemo beat Croatia's Baby Lasagna to the title by winning the most points from a combination of national juries and viewers around the world.

As they accepted their award, they said: "I want to say thank you so much - I hope this contest can live up to its promise and continue to stand for peace and dignity for every person in this world."The competition has been mired in controversy surrounding the participation of Israel's Eden Golan, and a large group of demonstrators were outside Malmo Arena as the acts performed.

Several protesters have also been detained and taken away by police, including Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Earlier in the day, the Netherlands' entry Joost Klein was disqualified by Eurovision organisers following an incident between the singer and a camerawoman.

The contest was opened by Sweden's contestants Marcus & Martinus, before Ukraine's Alyona Alyona and Jerry Heil sang their religious themed Teresa & Maria prior to Germany's Isaak delivering an emotional performance of Always On The Run.

Several contestants appeared to reference conflicts throughout the world, with Lithuania's Silvester Belt telling the audience to "spread love to the world", while Bambie declared "love will always triumph hate".

The feeling was muted

By Howell Davies

THE drama is usually on the stage but this year it was the action away from the songs which was getting hearts racing, for all the wrong reasons.

At previous contests, the atmosphere in the hosting arena has been absolutely electric but last night it felt muted and confusing.

The antics of the 48 hours before the final — with the Netherlands being withdrawn and acts refusing to rehearse — led to an uncertainty about whether anyone would even take to the stage.

Despite Brits’ high hopes of an Olly Alexander win, the magic of a night celebrating the joy of music and unity had very much faded.

Olly took the zero points from the public very well
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Olly took the zero points from the public very well
Nemo celebrated their win
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Nemo celebrated their win

Eurovision Song Contest entries 2024

Here are all of the acts taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Finalists:

  • United Kingdom: Olly Alexander - Dizzy
  • Sweden: Marcus & Martinus - Unforgettable (2023 winning country)
  • France: Slimane - Mon amour
  • Germany: ISAAK - Always On The Run
  • Italy: Angelina Mango - La Noia
  • Spain: Nebulossa - ZORRA
  • Serbia: TEYA DORA - RAMONDA
  • Portugal: iolanda - Grito
  • Slovenia: Raiven - Veronika
  • Lithuania: Silvester Belt - Luktelk
  • Ireland: Bambie Thug - Doomsday Blue
  • Ukraine: alyona alyona & Jerry Heil - Teresa & Maria
  • Luxembourg: TALI - Fighter
  • Finland: Windows95man - No Rules!
  • Croatia: Baby Lasagna - Rim Tim Tagi Dim
  • Cyprus: Silia Kapsis - Liar
  • Armenia: LADANIVA - Jako
  • Austria: Kaleen - We Will Rave
  • Estonia: 5MIINUST x Puuluup - (nendest) narkootikumidest ei tea me (küll) midagi
  • Georgia: Nutsa Buzaladze - Firefighter
  • Greece: Marina Satti - ZARI
  • Israel: Eden Golan - Hurricane
  • Latvia: Dons - Hollow
  • Norway: Gåte - Ulveham
  • Switzerland: Nemo - The Code

Out:

  • Poland: LUNA - The Tower
  • Iceland: Hera Björk - Scared of Heights
  • Moldova: Natalia Barbu - In The Middle
  • Azerbaijan: FAHREE feat. Ilkin Dovlatov - Özünlə Apar
  • Australia: Electric Fields - One Milkali (One Blood)
  • Malta: Sarah Bonnici - Loop
  • Albania : BESA - TITAN
  • Czechia: Aiko - Pedestal
  • Denmark: SABA - SAND
  • San Marino: MEGARA - 11:11
  • Belgium: Mustii - Before The Party's Over

Disqualified:

Netherlands: Joost Klein - Europapa

At the end of Portugal's Iolanda singing Grito, she told the crowd: "Peace will prevail."

Slimane, who performed his song Mon Amour, issued another message saying that people should be "united by music for love and peace".

The final results for tonight
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The final results for tonight
Nemo screamed with joy as they beat Croatia
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Nemo screamed with joy as they beat Croatia
Alyona Alyona and Jerry Heil from Ukraine got a huge score from the public

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