Olly Alexander will represent the United Kingdom at next year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden, the Years & Years frontman revealed.
The star’s participation was announced during the live final of Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday evening.
Speaking to host Claudia Winkleman, the singer said: “It’s a dream come true.”
Following the announcement Alexander added: “I’ve loved watching Eurovision ever since I was a little kid and I’m beyond excited to be taking part next year.
“As a young boy I always looked forward to this incredible event of unbridled joy, the wonderfully chaotic mix of musical styles, theatrical performances, heartfelt emotion and humour.
“I really can’t believe I’m going to be a part of such a special legacy and fly the flag for the UK in the gayest way possible, it shall be an honour!
“I’ve wanted to do this for a long time and it feels like the right moment to start releasing music under my own name.
“I’m determined to give it everything I’ve got and put on an excellent and unforgettable performance for you all!”
The song he will perform in Malmo next May has yet to be announced, but the BBC confirmed it was co-written by Alexander and Danny L Harle, who have produced hits for Dua Lipa, Chic and Charli XCX.
Over the past decade with Years and Years, Alexander has scored five top 10 UK singles and two number one albums.
He won his Bafta for his performance as Ritchie Tozer in Channel 4 drama It’s A Sin.
Written and created by Russell T Davies, the programme followed a group of gay men and their friends as they navigate the UK’s Aids crisis throughout the 1980s and early ’90s.
This year’s contest was won by Swedish singer Loreen meaning next year’s competition will take place in the country and coincide with the 50th anniversary of Abba’s 1974 win with Waterloo.
Pop singer Mae Muller represented the UK this year and scored 24 points with track I Wrote A Song when she performed at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena.
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