Mae Muller Announced as UK’s Eurovision Entry
And no, the UK’s Eurovision entry isn’t Rina Sawayama, It’s epic pop queen, Mae Muller.
The long wait is finally over. The BBC has revealed the UK’s entry for Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool, and it’s non-other than pop sensation Mae Muller. It has been a tightly guarded secret for over 2 months, but the official announcement came on Thursday on Zoe Ball’s Breakfast Show, alongside the one and only, Rylan. But is it a good choice? Here’s what we know about Mae Muller so far.
Mae, born Holly, is London born and bred. She is a 25-year-old singer-songwriter from Kentish Town in North London. Her first glimpse of pop fame came with the successful single, Better Days, released in 2021. The track collaborated with Swedish music collective, Neiked, and American Hip-hop star, Polo G. The pop/funk track quickly racked up an impressive streaming count on Spotify. It even earned her a live performance slot on the Jimmy Fallon show. However, since then, Mae has struggled to have to follow up success, which is probably why she has agreed to do Eurovision.
One of the most striking things about Mae is her infectious personality. She has a great ‘can do’ attitude, which is likely to work in our favour during the competition. Last year’s entry, Sam Ryder, was incredibly positive throughout the final, and thus contributed to his impressive second-place scoring. In a recent interview with BBC, Mae reflects on the news, “I’m SO excited to participate in Eurovision this year and represent the UK! I’ve loved watching Eurovision all my life, so to compete in such a massive music competition is simply brilliant. I’m a huge fan of so many of the artists that have found success at Eurovision, from ABBA to Måneskin!”
Here’s the downside. The song is… meh! Well, it’s a catchy little pop number: the production value is great, the vocals are current and infectious and the music video clearly had a big budget. But is it enough? Sadly, not nearly enough. This year’s competition is packed with memorable songs, that are unlike anything that the competition has seen before. Sweden’s former winner, Loreen, is back again, competing with the breathtaking ballad, Tattoo. But there are also some catchy joke entries, which are more memorable than Mae’s, ‘I wrote a Song.’ Having said that, the BBC did a good job last year in scaling up Sam Ryders, Space Man, from a mediocre song to a rock and roll triumph. So, who knows, maybe the BBC can work their magic once again?
“I wrote the song I Wrote A Song a few months ago when I was going through a hard time and wanted to feel empowered about relationships,” said Mae, who seems very hands-on in the creative process. “So for it to be chosen for this year’s UK Eurovision song is honestly a dream!” Regardless of how well the UK performs this year, we have a talented pop princess, with a cute song, and a great attitude. For that alone, we should be proud. Let’s get behind Mae Muller and wish her the best of luck!