The act representing the United Kingdom at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest was finally revealed on BBC Radio 2 on Thursday morning (9 March).
The news was announced on Zoe Ball’s breakfast programme, just after 8.30am, that Mae Muller is the UK entry for 2023.
Muller, who made the announcement herself in the studio, with a squeal, won fans after supporting Little Mix on tour in 2019. The London-raised singer has amassed more than six million streams on Spotify for songs such as “Close” and “Better Days”.
Muller, 25, takes up the mantle from Sam Ryder who, after years of UK acts getting underwhelming Eurovision results, placed second to Ukraine in 2022.
Euovision ruled that it was too dangerous to host the competition in Ukraine this year, so it is taking place in Liverpool instead.
Earlier this week, tickets for the event in May sold out in half an hour.
There had been rumours that Rina Sawayama would be this year’s act, with names such as Birdy and Mimi Webb also thrown in the mix.
Eurovision week kicks off on Monday 8 May, with semi-finals taking place on Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 May. The grand finale will then take place on Saturday 13 May.
Tickets went on sale on Tuesday (7 March) at midday for all three televised shows, as well as six previews. The events will be taking place at the ACC Liverpool arena.