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Olly Alexander explains vegetable connection to Eurovision song!

Olly Alexander was on Hits Radio Breakfast this morning to talk about being the UK’s Eurovision 2024 entry.

Speaking to Fleur East and the team, Olly revealed how he’s wanted to do Eurovision for many years, and admitted he’d been in the running for it a while back, but removed himself from the process, thinking the time wasn’t quite right.

He told them he found out he’d been chosen when he received a FaceTime call: “I found out for sure it was going to happen about two months ago, my manager she called me… both my managers FaceTimed me, and I could see their faces,” he said.

Olly explained he just knew from their faces, that he’d been chosen! He then revealed that over the last two months they’ve had a codename for his involvement with Eurovision, and they decided on Operation Cauliflower!

Fleur said: “I guess no one would guess that would they?” Olly agreed: “Well there you go!”

He’s been working on the song for a while, with pop producer Danny L Harle. Olly and Danny, who has worked with the likes of Dua Lipa and Charli XCX, have also been working on Olly’s album, which is very nearly finished, and as part of the process they worked on the new Eurovision song.

“This song we wrote together, right from the beginning it felt like an exciting song,” Olly explained, admitting: “We didn’t know really if it was the one for Eurovision or not, and then once people heard it, and they were like ‘it’s this song’.”

Some fans have noticed the number 26 popping up a lot in one of Olly’s TikToks announcing the news, so James asked about the significance, but Olly was staying tight-lipped on that one, saying: “If I told you, I feel like something would come down from the ceiling and like I’d get arrested!”

James then asked: “Is it the release date, or something to do with the song, can you at least tell us that?”

Olly replied: “It’s not the release date!”

A vegetable and a number – cauliflower and 26, it could turn out to be a Eurovision winner!

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