Mae Muller has been chosen as the UK’s entry for the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest after amassing a huge social media following.
The singer, 25, was selected by industry bosses in the hope that she can do one better than Sam Ryder, who last year finished runner-up to winners Ukraine.
Mae will represent the UK with her single I Wrote A Song, when she takes to the stage in Liverpool in May, with her home nation acting as host in place of Ukraine, who are unable to present the event due to their ongoing conflict with Russia.
Fans hoping that Mae can end the UK’s poor streak have reasons to be optimistic, has she already boasts a large social media following.
Her 126,000 Instagram followers are kept updated with her music ventures and trips abroad with plenty of snaps.
Inside Mae Muller’s rise to stardom: The former shop assistant, 25, will represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in May after amassing a huge social media following
Edgy! The singer was selected by industry bosses in the hope that she can do one better than Sam Ryder, who last year finished runner-up to winners Ukraine
Blast from the past! Mae had her first brush with stardom when she was just 10 years old, appearing in the music video for Mika’s chart-topping hit Gracy Kelly
On Wednesday, Mae shared her latest post clad in pastel-coloure tie-dye leggings, with the playful caption: ‘these shoes were way too big but we keep smilin !!!’
And mere hours before she was revealed as the UK’s Eurovision entry, Mae shared a gushing Instagram post in honour of International Women’s Day.
She said: ‘Happy International Women’s Day! I’m so lucky to be surrounded by the most inspiring intelligent kind talented drive and generous women. We are so powerful. I love you guys so much. I love being a woman.
‘It’s also important to think of all the women we won’t get to meet. Who might not be as privileged. Being a woman comes with its hardships, we have come a long way but still a lot of work to do. IWD Everyday forever.’
Mae has previously worked with stars including the girl group Little Mix, opening for them on their 2019 LM5 Tour.
When she was just 10 years old, she also appeared in a music video for popstar Mika’s hit Grace Kelly in 2007.
Of her early brush with stardom, she said: ‘I am in a little green dress, which I still have. It is hung up somewhere, I was nine years old.
‘He was very nice and sweet. I sat on the piano with him. Mika was singing to me and I really fancied him. He was nice and very gay… which made me very sad as it didn’t work out.’
She also attended the £27,000-per-year Fine Arts college in north London, alongside stars such as Brooklyn Beckham and Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s son Rocco.
Mae began writing her own songs at the age of eight before leaving college and getting a job in American Apparel, and previously revealed that she first discovered her love of music while her mother played the Dixie Chicks’ album, Home.
Sensational! After she was unveiled as Eurovision’s UK entry, Mae was in high spirits as she left the BBC Radio 2 studios in London on Thursday
Star in the making: Her 126,000 Instagram followers are kept updated with her music ventures and trips abroad with sexy and stylish snaps
Sensational! Mae has previously worked with stars including the girl group Little Mix, opening for them on their 2019 LM5 Tour
Superstar: In 2021, Mae joined forces with Swedish act Neiked and rapper Polo G on the single Better Days, and she went onto perform the track on Jimmy Fallon
She also worked in a pub in Kentish Town, North London, so that she could concentrate on her music during the daytime.
She admitted recently that her musical inspirations are Gwen Stefani, Florence and the Machine and Lily Allen.
Speaking of her love for singing, she said: ‘I’d stand on the coffee table and sing songs and force everyone to have a look at me. I was always just that annoying kid.
‘I started putting videos of me singing on Instagram and I put a song up on SoundCloud and then from there it just kind of snowballed.
‘I started getting into sessions and just making more and more music and working on improving my writing skills.’
Mae penned her first official track at the age of 19, and in a 2019 interview with The Line Of Best Fit, she gave her pal a bottle of wine in exchange for cutting her some demos on Logic before uploading them to Soundcloud.
She said at the time: ‘A lot of people are like, ‘Are you sure you don’t want to delete it?’ When I listen back to it now, I’m like, ‘Oh my God!” But I think it’s nice that it’s still out there, because it was the starting point of everything for me. And it’s nice that you can hear the progress in my music since then.’
The song proved to be her breakout moment and she was then signed by her management, and she released her debut EP After Hours was released in 2018.
The EP was praised as ‘a bold, confident first step’ by DIY Magazine, and she followed it up with her second EP Frankly, with Muller branded ‘one to watch’ after the song’s release.
After appearing on Little Mix’s tour, Mae released her single Therapist, and followed it up with her third EP No One Else, Not Even You in November 2020, along with a tour of the UK and Europe.
Performer: Mae has already been confirmed to perform at Brighton and Hove Pride in August as well as Victorious Festival the same month (pictured at Reading Festival in 2021)
Gracing the stage: Mae has already been confirmed to perform at Brighton and Hove Pride in August as well as Victorious Festival the same month
In 2021, Mae joined forces with Swedish act Neiked and rapper Polo G on the single Better Days, and she went onto perform the track on Jimmy Fallon when it peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100, and 32 on the UK Singles Chart.
Mae has already been confirmed to perform at Brighton and Hove Pride in August as well as Victorious Festival the same month, and she will also play Norwich’s Sundown Festival in September.
She is also hoping to release her debut album soon after her Eurovision stint, telling the Saving Grace podcast: ‘This year I have a lot of music. An album is happening. I know when but I am not going to say.
‘The cover art is already done and it’s exactly what I had in my head. It is such a satisfying thing. A tour is happening as well as the year rolls on.’
Mae is also set to make her acting debut in the Prime Video action thriller Gassed Up, later this year, as the male lead’s love interest Kelly.
She said: ‘She is a confident mouthy force of a London girl. There was meant to be a sex scene and I got all prepped up for it.’
As Mae was announced as the UK’s entry, she told BBC Radio 2’s Zoe Ball and Rylan Clark that she’d known about her involvement for ‘about two months.’
Mae added that she’s already been getting tips from Eurovision’s last UK entry Sam Ryder, adding: ‘We spoke yesterday he sent me some voice notes, jsut te loveliest man in the world, he’s given me some tips as well.’
It was previously revealed The Daily Mail that Mae has been chosen by music industry experts in the hope that she will follow last year’s UK star Sam Ryder to success when he came runner up to the Ukrainian competitor with his hit SPACE MAN.
Sources said that the decision to choose Mae was taken in recent days and they are confident she will win ‘far more’ than nil points when she takes to the stage in Liverpool in May.
One said: ‘Mae is an extraordinary talent and there is little doubt that she will do the country proud and hopefully replicate the success and euphoria that Sam brought to last year’s competition.
‘A lot of time and effort has gone into picking the best singer for the job, she might not be a household name yet and of course the people who selected her are expecting people to ask who she is but they think the nation will love her, as will those across Europe.’
Last year the responsibility for selecting the UK entrant was handed to music management company TaP after they had so many low-scoring contestants.
The international singing competition will take place at the 11,000-capacity Liverpool Arena later this year, culminating in the grand final on May 13, after Britain was asked to host the contest on behalf of Ukraine.
There will also be an evening preview show – referred to as the jury show at previous contests – which is a dress rehearsal-style full run through of the show that takes place the night before the televised version.
Audiences attending the evening preview will be able to stay for a randomised version of the qualifier and points reveal, which gives the presenters a chance to practise for the possible different outcomes.
There will also be an afternoon preview show – usually referred to as the family show – which is a full run through of the live show that will take place earlier in the day and is therefore ideal for those wishing to bring younger children along.
Ukrainian broadcaster Timur Miroshnychenko will be the Eurovision Correspondent in Liverpool, while former sportswoman and television personality Sam Quek will front the Opening Ceremony live stream on the official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube Channel and Mel Giedroyc, Scott Mills, Rylan and Claire Sweeney will also have roles.
Highly sought-after tickets will also be available for the live televised show, which will see audiences across Europe and Australia able to cast real votes.
Massive: Last year’s entry Sam Ryder broke the UK’s poor run of form in the contest, finishing in second place behind eventual winners Ukraine
Presenting the Grand Final on May 13 to a global audience of 160 million will be Eurovision legend Graham Norton. He will also be joined by Ukrainian singer, composer and frontwoman of The HARDKISS alternative band, Julia Sanina.
Ukrainian refugees living in the UK through the Homes for Ukraine scheme, the Ukraine Family Scheme and the Ukraine Extension Scheme will be able to apply for cheaper tickets.
It was previously announced that the UK Government will make around 3,000 tickets available for those who were forced to flee their home country when Russian troops invaded last year. The subsidised tickets will cost £20.
The semi-final evening preview kicks off at 8pm on May 8, with the grand final live show bringing the contest to an end starting at 8pm on May 13.