UK: Mae Muller criticized over political tweets

Mae Muller will represent the United Kingdom for Eurovision on May this year.  As most of the fans know, public broadcaster BBC internally selected Muller to represent the host country in Liverpool.

However, not everyone is pleased with this decision by the BBC.  Some political tweets made by Mae Muller about former Prime Minister Boris Johnson have resurfaced recently.  The news was covered by conservative newspaper The Telegraph which criticized Mae Muller calling her an anti-Boris Johnson left wing activist.

Muller wrote the aforementioned tweets in 2019-2020.  In her tweets it is clear that she had a negative opinion of the British Prime Minister.  In one of her tweets readers may find distasteful, the singer said she “did not feel sorry for Boris Johnson” and that “she has no sympathy for him”.  Former PM Boris Johnson was hospitalized at the time because of Covid.

Muller added: “The same nurses you praise in your speeches are the same nurses you chose to cut all their benefits, and CHEERED while doing it. The same nurses that can’t even afford protective wear, and are LITERALLY dying because of YOU. Boris does not have my sympathy and NEVER will.

Apart from this, the UK representative made clear her support for the Labour Party during the 2019 elections.  In one tweet Muller wrote ‘f** the Tories’.  She also added “‘Please register to vote today! And when you do vote please vote Labour! We have the power to take those racist elitists down so lets do it!'”

However, the criticism does not only come from the media.  There has also been a reaction from Conservative politicians.  For instance, Tory MP Lee Anderson criticized BBC’s internal selection.  He further accused the public broadcaster for ‘planting their own Left-wing entrant into Eurovision’.

In contrast former cabinet minister David Jones said in a more conciliatory tone that the singer is ‘genuinely very talented’ and ‘has excellent career prospects’ although she should have been ‘a bit more human’ as ‘Boris Johnson was close to death’.

It must be noted that the UK song for Eurovision is not political in nature.  Also, political statements and activism made by the artists outside the contest do not affect the non-political nature of Eurovision.

Source: The Telegraph

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The rules of Eurovision 2023 are released: Pre-recorded backing vocals permitted again

EBU has released through the official Eurovision website the rules of the 2023 contest.

They are established by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and are approved by the contest’s governing body, the Reference Group.

While the majority of the rules remain the same over the years, in 2021 EBU decided to allow the use of pre-recorded backing vocals in order to be able to bring less people in the contest given the Covid restrictions at the time, as well as allow compositions to be presented “as close as possible to their original composition”.

This change of rules remained for the 2022 contest and it will remain again for the 2023, according to the published set of rules. Excerpt 2.2.3 mentions:

“The lead singer(s) of the selected song (the “Lead Vocal(s)”) shall perform live on stage only.

  • Eventual vocal support(s) for the Lead Vocal(s) (the “Lead Dub(s)”) shall perform live, on stage or off stage, only.
  • All other backing vocal(s) performing vocal harmonies (the “Backing Vocals”) may perform either live on stage or off stage and/or on a Backing track compliant to the requirements under par (iii) hereafter.

No on-stage Contestant (whether Lead Vocals, Lead Dubs or Backing Vocals or dancers) shall be allowed to lip-sync (playback) in such a way as to make it appear that they are singing all or most of the song when they actually are not.”


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