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United Kingdom: Listen to the acoustic version of “I Wrote a Song” by Mae Muller!

The representative of the United Kingdom in Eurovision 2023, Mae Muller, released an acoustic version of her song “I Wrote a Song”, on her personal YouTube channel.

Listen to the acoustic version of “I Wrote a Song” by Mae Muller below:

The United Kingdom, as part of the Big 5, automatically qualifies for the Grand Final on May 13 and to be exact, it will be the closing act of the competition part of the night, as Mae will perform 26th in the running order.

You can watch the reaction of our editors, enjoying the British entry for Eurovision 2023:

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the British participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, in Liverpool!

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJ21grjN6wU&ab_channel=EurovisionSongContest

Source: The Telegraph

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for more news about the United Kingdom in Eurovision!

Poland: The Polish Eurovision Party 2023 is today!

Today, for the second year in a row, the Polish Eurovision Party 2023 will take place in Warsaw. The hosts of the evening will be Poli Genova (Bulgaria 2011 & 2016) and Konrad Zemlik (the organizer of the event).

At this year’s Polish pre-party, twenty-five artists will appear, who are participating in this year’s Eurovision or have participated in the past.

The Eurovision 2023 entrants who will perform tonight are:

  • Albina & Familija Kelmendi – Albania
  • Alika – Estonia
  • Diljá – Iceland
  • Joker Out – Slovenia
  • Let 3 – Croatia
  • Mae Muller – United Kingdom
  • Monika Linkytė – Lithuania
  • Pasha Parfeni – Moldova
  • Piqued Jacks – San Marino
  • Reiley – Denmark
  • Sudden Lights – Latvia
  • The Busker – Malta
  • Vesna – Czechia
  • Wild Youth – Ireland

The remaining sixteen artists who will accompany this year’s participants are:

  • Anne-Marie David – Winner of Eurovision 1973 with Luxembourg
  • Eye Cue – North Macedonia 2018
  • Felivers – Tu bije serce Europy 2023 (Polish National Final)
  • Filip Baloš – Pesma za Evroviziju ’23 (Serbian National Final)
  • Gromee – Poland 2018
  • Inis Neziri – Festivali i Këngës 56 & 59 (Albanian National Final)
  • Krystian Ochman – Poland 2022
  • Kuba Szmajkowski – Tu bije serce Europy 2022 & 2023
  • Lindsay Dracass – United Kingdom 2001
  • Melovin – Ukraine 2018
  • Oceana – Unser Song für Dänemark
  • Poli Genova – Bulgaria 2011 & 2016
  • Senhit – San Marino 2011, 2020 & 2021
  • Slavko – Montenegro 2017
  • Sunstroke Project – Moldova 2010, 2017
  • Viki Gabor – Winner of Junior Eurovision 2019 with Poland

 

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United Kingdom: “I Wrote A Song” was written before the Eurovision proposal!

Mae Muller, the British representative for Eurovision 2023, was interviewed this morning by the hosts of This Morning show. There she talked about the procedure under which she was chosen, her exhausting rehearsal schedule, as well as her feelings about Eurovision.

According to Muller, the rehearsal schedule is tight but she seems happy and excited about the whole experience:

It is an honor representing the United Kingdom. It is surreal but I’m taking every day as it comes and it’s a lot of fun.

I’m rehearsing a lot, the preparation is wild and we have these pre-parties. I’m feeling ready now but I feel like by the 13th of May I’m going to be like locked in.

Bearing in mind that Mae Muller knows that she is UK’s next representative for 3 months, the hostess is wondering how Mae did not spill her secret, as she is a massive over-sharer.

I really had to make a cruise effort, i had to breathe through it. I was like Mae, don’t ruin this. I did tell my mom and dad because it would have been weird reading that in the news.

Some friends messaged me on the day and they were like “WHAT???” and I was like “Sorry”.

I Wrote A Song” was written before she was proposed to be the next British Eurovision participant.

It was like stars aligned because after two or three days, I met with my management and they were like, “what do you feel about Eurovision?”. They heard the song and they really did liked it. They wanted an answer like then and there. I was like, that’s exciting…yeah!

When I found out about Eurovision, I put my little Eurovision hat on and added a spoken word, that wasn’t in the song before. I thought it would be nice to have a moment where I could really like connect with people, because it is a big stage and i wanted an intimate moment. So, I went in and re-wrote it like 4-5 times.

The song has already won people’s hearts, admits Muller.

The people seem to be really enjoying it, are dancing to it and feel empowered, which is all I was asking for.

Regarding the story behind “I Wrote A Song“:

My way of dealing with things, whether it’s a heartbreak or a loss, is through writing, as it is empowering to me. You go through revenge and then you come out actually feeling empowered. That was my vision.

It seems that it was also the right moment for her to take on such a big project.

I have definitely had experiences that have helped me feel more prepared. If this was like 3 or 4 years ago, I genuinely feel like I just wouldn’t have felt ready. I think now with the experience I have had, although I don’t think anything can truly prepare you for that Eurovision wildness. I feel like I definitely have the tools now.

Moreover, she seems excited to be succeeding Sam Ryder, because Sam managed to change the whole perspective of the United Kingdom on Eurovision and this year there is a much more positive spirit.

About her outfit on Liverpool, she mentions:

This has been an ongoing conversation. Of course we know but it is just the final tweaks and it has to be right. I mean it’s one of my favorite things is figuring out the looks.

You can also watch the reaction of EurovisionFun on this year’s British entry below:

United Kingdom as a hosting nation and a member of the BIG 5 performs directly in the Grand Final on the 13th of May, allocated to perform 26th.

Stay tuned on EurovisionFun for more news regarding the British entry for Eurovision 2023!

United Kingdom: The Video Version of “I Wrote A Song” is now released on Spotify!

Mae Muller is the British representative for Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool with the song “I Wrote A Song“. The British entry was officially released on the 9th of March on Spotify with a slightly different version in comparison with the one on the official video that you can stream on YouTube.

Today, Mae Muller released on Spotify the Video Version of her Eurovision entry with a slightly different intro as well as extended bridge.

At the moment, it is unknown which version we will see Muller perform on Liverpool stage. Although, bearing in mind her live performance on Barcelona Eurovision Party the past Saturday, she might perform the Video Version of “I Wrote A Song“.

You can also watch the reaction of EurovisionFun on this year’s British entry below:

United Kingdom as a hosting nation and a member of the BIG 5 performs directly in the Grand Final on the 13th of May, allocated to perform 26th.

Stay tuned on EurovisionFun for more news regarding the British entry for Eurovision 2023!