Eurovision 2023: Five Fun Facts About Mae Muller
It's the month of May, or should we say, the month of Mae - so to celebrate, here are Five fun facts about the United Kingdom's 2023 Eurovision artist, Mae Muller!
1. You've probably seen her before without even realising it...
As a child, Mae Muller appeared in the music video for Mika's hit single 'Grace Kelly'. She's the girl on the piano (and she still has the green dress to prove it)! Her aunt, Sophie Muller, directed the music video for 'Grace Kelly', and directed music videos for pop superstars such as Beyonce, Lana Del Rey, and Kylie Minogue, as well as lending her directorial magic to videos for some of Mae's own tracks 'So Annoying' and 'I Don't Want Your Money'.
2. She's toured with some big names...
In 2019, Mae joined Little Mix as a supporting act on the latter's 'LM5: The Tour'. During this tour, Mae played five sold-out dates at London's 20,000-seat O2 Arena, as well as Liverpool's M&S Bank Arena, the venue where this year's Eurovision will be held, twice.
3. She's found global chart success
In 2021, Mae Muller joined forces with Swedish artist collective Neiked and American rapper Polo G for the single 'Better Days', which debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 57 and went on to peak at number 23. 'Better Days' earned a Top 10 on US Pop Airplay and peaked at number 32 on the UK Singles Chart. The song did even better Down Under, spending a total of 21 weeks on the ARIA chart, reaching a peak of number 16, and achieving a platinum certification.
4. Her grandfather is a Holocaust survivor
Mae's grandfather Robert Muller escaped to Britain from Germany at the age of twelve and moved to Wales. Mae, who was raised in Kentish Town, London, is of Austrian-Jewish ancestry. In July 2020, responding to antisemitism in the music industry, Mae posted to Instagram:
"To all my Jewish friends and followers, I love you. There is no place for anti semitism in this world. I'm very proud of my Jewish roots and so should you.
“My grandad fled from nazi Germany to the UK when he was 12 years old on his own. I always find myself trying to imagine how scared he must have been. [...] I stand with all my Jewish friends, family, supporters and always will."
5. She has some unique musical inspiration
As well as growing up listening to her mother's favourite artists, Simon & Garfunkel and The Chicks, Mae Muller cites Gwen Stefani, Prince, Sade, Florence and the Machine, and Lily Allen as musical influences. Mae even attributes listening to the latter's debut album 'Alright, Still...' as a pivotal moment for her, saying that Lily Allen "made me realise you can be and sound like yourself and not have to change the way you are."
Mae Muller will compete in the Grand Final on Saturday 13 May (Sunday 14 May in Australia).
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