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The United Kingdom is cool and composed: Mae Muller wrote a song

10 May 2023 at 17:15 CEST
Mae Muller from the United Kingdom in the Eurovision 2023 studio Corinne Cumming / EBU
Mae Muller is on home turf at the Eurovision Song Contest, representing the United Kingdom in Liverpool with her pop hit ‘I Wrote A Song.’ And we’re so glad she did.
Mae Muller rehearsing I Wrote A Song for the United Kingdom at the Second Rehearsal of the Grand Final at Liverpool Arena
Chloe Hashemi / EBU

Following Eurovision 2022 runner-up Sam Ryder is a tough gig, but the BBC worked with a management company to find someone up to the task. As one of the last acts to be decided on, the United Kingdom public was holding its breath for the announcement, and when Mae Muller’s name hit the airwaves, everyone got up and da-da-da-da-da-danced.

Mae didn’t have far to travel to get to Liverpool from London, and she was bang on time for her first rehearsal on Thursday 4 May. The 25-year-old singer hit the stage wearing black trousers and a corset top and was flanked by 4 dancers, with a very sassy and TikTok-worthy routine. Pop art style graphics lit up the arena, and Mae absolutely smashed it — but the Benz is still safe.

The Official Eurovision Live Blog was bopping along for most of Mae’s song, and noticed: "There's a section at the beginning where Mae's face splits in two horizontally, so she's literally inside her own head. It gives the whole thing a pop video quality that looks great live, and we suspect it will look even better on TV."

One of the things Mae associates most with her home country, the United Kingdom, is biscuits. And she’s not wrong, Brits do love their biscuits with all that tea. Look closely and fans might even spot a Tunnock’s teacake tattooed on Mae’s ankle (perhaps it was the inspiration for Loreen’s song for Sweden, Tattoo), and a fan once gifted her a giant teacake. For the benefit of non-UK Eurovision fans, a Tunnock’s teacake is a chocolate-covered marshmallow biscuit wrapped in shiny foil.

Mae has a long list of musical influences from her home country, including Lily Allen’s The Fear and Wet Leg’s Wet Dream. She’s also partial to a bit of Tears Dry On Their Own by Amy Winehouse and Oscar Winning Tears by RAYE. She’s clearly all about the break-up power tune.

Mae had a chat with the Official Eurovision Song Contest Podcast about being in the Competition: “It’s such a surreal experience and it’s so different to anything else.” 

She’s been connecting with fans on social media, but she’s also been making friends with her fellow artists. She told us, “Obviously we all want to do well, and we’ve all been working really hard, but I kind of forget that it’s a competition when I’m with everyone, because everyone’s just so supportive.”

There’s more from Mae on Episode 14 of the Official Eurovision Song Contest Podcast.

Mae Muller rehearsing I Wrote A Song for the United Kingdom at the First Rehearsal of the Grand Final at Liverpool Arena
Chloe Hashemi / EBU

You can learn more about Mae Muller from the United Kingdom right here.

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The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malmö, Sweden on Tuesday 7 May (First Semi-Final), Thursday 9 May (Second Semi-Final) and Saturday 11 May (Grand Final) 2024.

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