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Real life of Eurovision UK entry Mae Muller – how her career began with a bottle of wine and s

It’s the day music fans have been waiting for – the UK hosts the Eurovision final in Liverpool tonight (Saturday May 13).

Despite coming second, the UK is hosting the song contest on behalf of Ukraine, who won last year with their act Kalush Orchestra. The group, who scored a huge 631 points with their track Stefania, have been confirmed as an interval act at this year’s Grand Final.

Last year’s entrant Sam Ryder did a stellar job, finishing as runner-up with 466 points. Can this year’s representative, Londoner Mae Muller, do even better on home soil?

The pop vocalist, 25, will be performing her track, the sassy ‘I Wrote A Song.’ She is the first female entrant for the UK since SuRie competed in 2018 with Storm, coming 24th. Much like Sam, Mae isn’t new to the music industry, having released her debut single Close in 2018.

The singer, from Kentish Town, north London, has described herself as a natural performer from a young age, writing her own songs since eight years old. At nine, she appeared in the music video for Grace Kelly, by singer Mika – who co-hosted Eurovision proceedings in Italy last year.

Mae Muller on Parklife’s main stage(Image: Vincent Cole – Manchester Evening News)

Mae told Golden Plectrum website her aunt is a music video director and she used to spend afternoons as a runner for chart-topping artists such as Labrinth. At 19 years old, she got her first song, Close, produced by a family friend. She “paid” for it with wine in lieu of money.

Once uploaded to Soundcloud, the song attracted the attention of record labels and she signed to Capitol. She went on to release the EP ‘no one else, not even you’ in 2020. She also supported Little Mix on their 2019 stadium tour, and played Manchester’s very own Parklife festival last year.

Her 2021 track Better Days, with Swedish producers Neiked and American rapper Polo G, peaked at number 32 in the UK singles chart. The track went viral on short-form social media site TikTok as part of a challenge, which helped boost its streams to more than a million across all platforms.

In the US, it peaked at number 10 in the Billboard singles chart and Mae went on to perform on Jimmy Fallon and The Voice US. She was also nominated for MTV EMA and VMA awards.

Ahead of Eurovision week kicking off in Liverpool, Mae met King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla as they switched on the lights at Liverpool Arena. They had a chat after the royal couple were given a backstage tour of the venue.

Mae met King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla in Liverpool ahead of the contest(Image: PA)

Charles told Mae: “We will be watching you with great interest – egging you on.” Mae replied: “Thank you, no pressure. No nul points,” while Camilla echoed: “No! No nul points!”

Mae previously spoke of her musical influences and said she inherited a love of Prince and Sade from her parents, with both artists played often around the house. It was only later when she discovered Gwen Stefani and the No Doubt star’s debut solo album Love Angel Music Baby, released in 2004, that she began to develop her own tastes. Florence + The Machine and Lily Allen were also early favourites and would shape her own songwriting in future years.

The Eurovision Grand Final airs on BBC One and BBC iPlayer at 8pm on Saturday, May 13.