Eurovision 2023 UK entry: Who is Mae Muller and could she win with 'I Wrote A Song'?

9 May 2023, 14:38

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London-based singer-songwriter Mae Muller has already appeared on a US top 40 hit.

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The UK's entrant in the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will be... Mae Muller.

The singer-songwriter will perform 'I Wrote A Song' at this year's competition, which will take place in Liverpool.

'I Wrote A Song' was written by Mae together with Lewis Thompson and ex-Alisha's Attic star Karen Poole.

"GUYS!!! i cannot believe i’m even saying this… but i am this years uk entry for @Eurovision 2023 with my track i wrote a song!!! 🥲🥲🥲😭😭😭" said Mae on Twitter.


Mae Muller - I Wrote A Song | United Kingdom 🇬🇧 | Official Music Video | Eurovision 2023

In a video message she added: "Guys, I have some news that I've been keeping secret for a very long time and it's been very difficult.

"But I can finally announce that I am this year's UK entry for Eurovision with my song 'I Wrote A Song'.

"It's out right now so go stream it, go listen to it go dance to it. And i just can't wait, i can't wait to see you all, I can't wait to get to Liverpool I'm very excited – what is life?!"

While last year's winner was Ukraine's 'Stefania' performed by Kalush Orchestra, the ongoing conflict following Russia's invasion meant that the 2023 competition is being hosted by the runners-up, the UK, in Liverpool.

But who is Mae Muller? Here's a quick guide:

  1. Who is Mae Muller?

    Mae Muller - I Just Came To Dance (Acoustic)

    Mae Muller first received fame after releasing the single 'Better Days' in 2021, which was a collaboration with Swedish music group Neiked and American rapper Polo G.

    This song charted in the top 40 in both the UK and US.

    She first recorded music when she uploaded her own songs to SoundCloud in 2017, and after sharing a video of her singing on Instagram, she was discovered and signed by her manager.

    Her debut EP, After Hours, was released in February 2018, followed by the release of her second EP, Frankly, in September 2018.

    In 2019, she released her debut studio album, Chapter 1. She also supported Little Mix on their 2019 LM5: The Tour.

    Mae has named Gwen Stefani, Lily Allen, and Florence and the Machine, as some of her biggest musical influences. She grew up listening to her mother's favourite artists, including The Chicks, and Simon & Garfunkel.

  2. How old is Mae Muller and where is she from?

    Mae Muller in 2022
    Mae Muller in 2022. Picture: Getty

    Full name Holly Mae Muller, she was born on August 26, 1997. She celebrated her 25th birthday in 2022.

    She was raised in a Jewish family in Kentish Town, London, to parents Matt Muller and Nicola Jackson, who separated when she was six.

    Her grandfather Robert Muller is a Holocaust survivor who escaped to Britain from Germany aged 12, and moved to Wales.

    Mae first started writing her own music aged eight, and in 2007, as a child, she appeared in the music video for 'Grace Kelly' by Mika.

  3. Could 'I Wrote a Song' win Eurovision?

    Mae Muller - I Wrote A Song

    Mae Muller's song 'I Wrote a Song' stands a decent chance of winning - thanks to being the host nation and performing last on the night.

    As of May 9, it has odds of 50-1 to win the competition.

    She co-wrote the song with Karen Poole and Lewis Thompson. The former was previously a member of '90s pop duo Alisha's Attic, and is the daughter of '60s singer Brian Poole.

    Mae has said that her song is about how to cope with "defeat following a breakup" and how to feel empowered afterwards.

Mae has been releasing musing since back in 2018, and scored an international hit in 2021 with 'Better Days' in collaboration with Neiked and Polo G.

The single went to number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 32 in the UK.