Mae Muller has been selected to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in May. The announcement was made last month on the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show. The 25-year-old singer will perform at the event in Liverpool with the track ‘I Wrote A Song’.
Muller was chosen by BBC bosses and global management company TaP Music, which has counted Lana Del Rey and Ellie Goulding among its clients. TaP was also behind selecting Sam Ryder as the UK entrant for the 2022 event.
The north London-raised vocalist will be the first female entrant for the UK since SuRie competed in 2018 with Storm, coming 24th.
Due to the ongoing Russian invasion, Ukraine was unable to host this year’s competition, despite winning the contest last year with Kalush Orchestra. The UK has therefore assumed responsibility for organising the competition after finishing second with singer Sam Ryder.
Eurovision is set to air on the BBC and will be hosted by singer and Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon, Ted Lasso actress Hannah Waddingham and Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina, as well as returning favourite, comedian and talk show host Graham Norton.
The semi-final evening preview kicks off at 8pm on 8 May. with the grand final live show bringing the contest to an end starting at 8pm on 13 May.
But who is the UK representative in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest? Here is everything you need to know.
Who is Mae Muller?
Muller is a 25-year-old singer from north London who was 19 when she wrote her first song, ‘Close’, which was produced by a family friend and “paid” for with wine in lieu of money. Her early musical influences included Prince and Sade – while Gwen Stefani, Florence Welch and Lily Allen have impacted her in more recent years.
Her releases have so far explored “dysfunctional relationships and inconvenient emotions with wit and verve”, according to her record label Capitol.
In recent years, she has worked with chart-topping acts including girl group Little Mix, rapper Aitch and music producer and DJ Sigala. Her 2021 single ‘Better Days’, featuring Neiked and Polo G, peaked at number 32 in the UK charts.
Muller has 126,000 followers on Instagram and more than 6.1 million monthly listeners on Spotify. In 2019, she supported Little Mix on their LM5 tour – their last to feature former member Jesy Nelson.
‘I Wrote a Song’ lyrics
Lyrics, per Genius:
Mother would be so proud/I was ready for a sentence, baby/Instead I wrote it all down/Oh, I was gonna curse you out outside your house/For everyone to see/I wanted to crash your Benz/Tell all your friends how cruel you were to me/To me, to me
Instead I wrote a song‘/Bout how you did me wrong/I could’ve cried at home/And spent the night alone/Instead I wrote a song/I feel much better now/Me and my girls are out/And we all sing along/Instead I wrotе a song/Da, da, da, da, da-I/Da, da, da, da, da-I (Woo-woo)/Da, da, da, da, da-I/Instead I wrote a song/Da, da, da, da, da-I/Da, da, da, da, da-I (Woo-woo)
I thought John Lydon was representing the UK?
You may have heard the name of former Sex Pistol John Lydon pop up in recent weeks in relation to the Eurovision Song Contest. And as a Brit, you may have assumed the punk legend might be representing the UK come the Grand Final. But that’s not the case.
Instead, Lydon and his post-punk band Public Image Ltd (PiL) were hoping to become the representatives for Ireland with their new song ‘Hawaii’.
Described as a “love letter” to Lydon’s late wife of nearly 50 years, Nora, who had Alzheimer’s disease, the “pensive, personal yet universal love song” features lyrics about one of their happiest moments together during a trip to the US state.
Irish broadcaster RTE announced PiL were among the six entries vying to represent the country in Liverpool in May. They competed against Wild Youth, Adgy, Connolly, Leila Jane, and K Muni & ND during a televised contest on The Late Late Show on Friday 3 February. However, PiL were unsuccessful in their efforts, ultimately placing 4th overall out of the six entrants.
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