The Eurovision Song Contest will be in the United Kingdom in May and home hopes will rest on Mae Muller’s I Wrote A Song as she aims for the UK’s sixth success and first since 1997.
This year’s competition will take place in Liverpool as the contest is traditionally hosted by the previous winner, but this was not possible due to Ukraine’s win last year.
Hopes are high that Muller can claim a home success so here are more details on the UK entry and the 25-year-old from London who sings it.
|Eurovision Song Contest 2023
|Liverpool Arena, United Kingdom
|Tuesday 9th May - Saturday 13th May 2023
|How to watch
|Sweden 8/13, Finland 15/8, Ukraine 10/1, France 10/1, Spain 10/1, United Kingdom
Mae Muller was announced as the UK entrant to the 2023 Song Contest on Radio 2 in March and she will be hoping to go one better than Sam Ryder did last year when he came second to Ukraine.
Muller’s first brush with fame came in 2007 when she appeared as a child actor in the video for Mika’s hit ‘Grace Kelly’ and she started her own music career 10 years later when she published some of her work on SoundCloud and was later discovered via her Instagram account.
That led to the release of two EPs, 'After Hours' and 'Frankly' before, in 2018, she was signed to Capitol Records.
After releasing her debut album 'Chapter 1' in 2019 and supporting Little Mix on tour, she released a third EP 'No One Else, Not Even You' and everything went on from there.
She joined Nieked and American rapper Polo G on the single 'Better Days', which reached 32 in the UK Singles chart, but this has been the biggest moment of the singer’s career so far as she has become the first female singer to represent the UK at Eurovision since SuRie in 2018.
Muller is the co-writer of the song with Karen Poole and Lewis Thompson. Poole had a singing career of her own as a member of 1990s group Alisha’s Attic before turning her hand to songwriting, where she has tasted even greater success.
She has written more than 30 top-20 hits for, among others, Kylie Minogue, David Guetta, Lily Allen and the Sugababes.
Thompson, meanwhile, is a music producer who along with Laurie Revell is one half of Just Kiddin. 'I Wrote A Song' was released on the day it was announced as the UK’s entry on the Zoe Ball Radio 2 Breakfast Show and it became the first to enter the UK charts in the top 40.
It was selected by the BBC and management company TaP Music and it will be the 26th song in the final, so it will be performed last in the entire competition.
Semi-finals will be held on Tuesday 9th May and Wednesday 10th May where qualification places for the final the following Saturday will be up for grabs.
The United Kingdom are one of five countries alongside France, Germany, Italy and Spain, who gain a place in the final due to the size of their financial contribution to the competition.
Muller would be the sixth UK winner and the first since Katrina and the Waves tasted victory in 1997. The others were Buck’s Fizz (1981), Brotherhood of Man (1976), Lulu (1969) and Sandie Shaw (1967).
The chances of a UK victory are 50/1, with 9/1 available that 'I Wrote A Song' finishes in the top five. The price for a top-10 finish is 5/2.
The UK have finished in the top five in just one of the last 13 contests. Sweden’s entry, called 'Tattoo' by Loreen, can be backed at to win Outright. The last time they won was in 2015 with 'Heroes' by Mans Zalmerlow.