Have you seen the song which represents the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023? Is it going to be successful? Stay with me to the very end of this article and watch the video to find out if this entry’s going to win.
This time I’m going to show you my honest comment on the song that will represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. This is “I Wrote a Song” by Mae Muller.
It’s high time for us to discuss this year’s Host’s entry.
Let’s watch the first snippet.
Well, frist things first. A very strong and catchy introduction. I really like it. I feel like dancing now. Do you feel the same? It’s a dance-pop type of music with some elements of disco/club sounds, imho, with this engaging flow. A quite delicate voice with some vibrato.
When I’m watching the video, Mae reminds me a little bit of Elena Paparizou.
This British entry was chosen internally and romour has it that the majority of viewers are of the opinion that those responsible for that choice have just hit the nail on the head.
And this year’s song was created by Mae herself, along with Karen Poole, and Lewis Thompson.
I like the fact that this song is as if growing in terms of tempo which keeps you involved all way long. It also gets stuck in your head, doesn’t it. And that’s crucial while speaking about Eurovision entries.
After the chorus we have the stanza with the same, let’s call it, main beat that doesn’t change and keeps the momentum.
Next we have a bridge which I like so much. When you watch the video clip, this is in a kind of vintage style, it’s kept in this chatty style a little bit like Lady Gaga’s (for example in “Alejandro”).
What’s the song about? Well, phrase “Instead I wrote a song” says everything, doesn’t it? Writing a song as a kind of remedy for all of the worries and issues one has. What do you think about that? When I heard the title of this song for the 1st time, the composition that came to my mind was Alexander Rybak’s song “That’s How You Write a Song” which represented Norway in 2018. But, of course these two songs approach the process of writing in a completely different way, don’t they?
All in all, I’d say this is a very good performance with very good vocals. Mae very smoothly changes her haead and chest register and seems to be very confident on stage.
As each juror is going to rank all the competing songs based on the given criteria, I will also assign points in the same categories (eurovision.tv):
– composition and originality of the song, 9 out of 10;
– quality of the performance on stage (hard to say because the national selection wasn’t held this year, but you can see some live pre-party performance available. Staging, however, I assume will be more sophisticated in Liverpool), 7 out of 10;
– vocal capacity of the performer(s), 10 out of 10;
– overall impression of the act, 9 out of 10.
So the total is: 35 out of 40 that is 88%.
Will Mae’s song lead her to victory? We’ll see if she will get the best result for the United Kingdom. To do that she would have to win the whole contest (as the UK has won the ESC five times so far; it was in 1967, 1969, 1976, 1981 and 1997).
In the end, I can only say: Well done, Mae! Congratulations, United Kingdom! One thing is certain, the United Kingdom will appear in the Grand Final because it’s the member of the so called ‘Big Five’ and they are directly in the Final and don’t have to make the cut and compete in the semi-‘finals.
What do the bookmakers say about the British entry? At this moment (20th April 2023) it’s in 10th place on eurovisionworld.com and in all probability, it will be successful in Liverpool.
Let’s hear it for Mae and the whole team!
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