Mae Muller on Eurovision 2023 entry I Wrote A Song: "Sam Ryder's given me great advice"
With the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest grand final taking place in a matter of days (Saturday May 13, don't forget it), this year's UK entrant Mae Muller is ready for battle armed with the biggest of bops; I Wrote A Song.
This weekend, Mae will perform alongside the likes of Sweden's Loreen, Finland representative Käärijä and a whole host of countries yet to be selected in the biggest music event of the year.
Today, as she readies herself for the performance of a lifetime, we catch up with Mae to find out just how she's feeling about the show.
Speaking exclusively to Official Charts, Mae assures us: "The closer it gets, the less nervous I’m getting. Two months ago, I was a mess. Now, after the pre-parties, having performed it a bunch of times, the more prepared I am. I’m ready!"
That's the spirit, hun.
WATCH: Mae Muller talks I Wrote A Song Eurovision Grand Final performance
Asked if any former Eurovision contestants have popped up in her DMs with words of wisdom, Mae revealed: "Sam Ryder’s been very sweet. He sent me a voice note giving me nice advice, like ‘take each day as it comes, it’s such a whirlwind so try to enjoy it.’ That was really nice.
"[2018 representative] SuRie gave me her number is literally the sweetest lady, I love her so much."
When quizzed on her favourite ever Eurovision entries, Mae said: "Netta’s Toy I loved, and Scooch [Flying the Flag]. Justice for Scooch! I loved Måneskin [Zitti e Buoni] as well, I feel like they really changed the way people viewed Eurovision."
On the moment she found out she'd been selected to represent the UK this year, Mae explained: "I found out in January. I wrote the song; it was already written before I even knew Eurovision was on the table for me. I got a call and my management were like ‘it’s on the table, how do you feel?’ I was in shock, I wasn’t expecting it!
"I’d never put myself on that stage before in my head, but the second I did I just thought 'what fun would that be?'"
Mae also revealed that I Wrote A Song becoming the first UK Eurovision song to debut in the Top 40 since Blue's I Can in 2011 was a 'pinch me' moment.
She said: "That was a ‘pinch me’ moment. Before you announce the song, before you release the song, there’s no way of knowing what the reaction’s going to be. All that means is that people are enjoying it!"
LISTEN to Mae Muller's 2023 UK Eurovision entry I Wrote A Song below:
So, where's Mae hoping to place at this year's contest?
"Obviously it’s a competition, we all want to do well and top five’s the goal," she told us. "But, actually, at the core it’s just such a joyous occasion."
Good luck this weekend, Mae!
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