We can not wait for the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool. Therefore, we have a closer look at one of the contestants every day. Today: the United Kingdom.
Mae Muller was internally chosen to represent the United Kingdom. Her song is called “I wrote a song”. She will thus be the representative of the host country. Do you remember the video of Mika’s song “Grace Kelly“? And do you remember the little girl in the green dress? Well, that was Mae Muller.
Mae Muller was working as a waitress in a drag bar. That is how her career started when she was a teenager. In 2017 she started uploading her songs to soundcloud. A year later she released two EP’s. She opened for Little Mix on their 2019 tour. That was also the year she released her debut album “Chapter 1”. Her real breakthrough came in 2021, when she had an international hit with “Better days“.
A Song For Europe
Mae was chosen internally by British broadcaster BBC, as was Sam Ryder last year. But the United Kingdom has a history of having national finals under the name “A Song For Europe”. In the late sixties and early seventies, a huge star was chosen to sing all the songs. Later, a national final with 8 or 12 songs was held. An international hit was “Have you ever been in love?” for Leo Sayer. The song was sung in A Song For Europe 1981 by a group called Gem.
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
The first time the United Kingdom took part in Eurovision was in 1957. Patricia Bredin sang one of the shortest songs ever, “All”. Five times, the victory was for the UK. Sandie Shaw won with a landslide in 1967 with “Puppet on a String”. Two years later, Lulu got the shared victory with “Boom Bang A Bang”. In 1976, Brotherhood of Man won with “Save your kisses for me”. Another group won in 1981: Bucks Fizz with “Making your mind up”. The last British winner was Katrina & The Waves with “Love shine a light”. Very remarkable: the UK reached the 2nd place on no less than 16 occassions.
The United Kingdom currently has the 8th place at the bookmakers. Another top-10 score for the UK would be wonderful. It would also be proof that the UK found their way back to the top.
And of course, here is the song: