UKs Mae Muller guaranteed not to get nil points at Eurovision
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Eurovision Song Contest icon Cheryl Baker has given her seal of approval to the UK’s entrant Mae Muller – insisting ‘we’re not getting nil points this year!’.
As the annual event prepares to take place in Liverpool – the first time the contest has been hosted in the UK since 1998 – Mae Muller’s I Wrote A Song is going for gold as the United Kingdom’s entrant.
Cheryl Baker, who took home one of UK’s five wins ever as part of Bucks Fizz in 1981, reckons Muller has what it takes to get us the trophy.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk in association with Ice36, Baker explained: “[The song] has grown on me. When I first heard it, I thought ‘Oh, I dunno, not sure if it’s strong enough’.
“But then you hear it again and it’s like ‘oh, actually, it’s got a good hook and it’s got a bit of a lalala thing going on in the middle’, and then you hear it again, and you go ‘oh, I really like it!’”
“I’ve heard all of the songs now in Eurovision and she’s up there for me,” Baker added. “She’s up against some stiff songs, there are some really good songs but I do think she’s going to do really well.
“I guarantee we are not going to be nils points in the bottom three or whatever. Not this year.”
In 1981, UK entrant Bucks Fizz – comprised of Baker, Mike Nolan, Bobby G and Jay Aston – became international phenomenons after their performance at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Performing track Making Your Mind Up, the group made show history as, during the routine, the boys ripped the skirts off their female bandmates, revealing cheeky mini-skirts underneath for the girls to continue the performance in.
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Ever since, Baker has become a longtime commentator and expert on the annual event.
Typically, Eurovision is hosted in the country of the previous year’s winner, however the 2023 event has bucked tradition due to ongoing conflicts.
Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine – who took home the win last year – the Eurovision team decided to transfer hosting duties to the UK, who came in second place with Sam Ryder.
Ukrainian broadcaster Timur Miroshnychenko will be present in the city as part of the presenting team in honour of this, joining Rylan, Ted Lasso’s Hannah Waddingham, Alesha Dixon and Graham Norton among the UK presenting team.
The Eurovision Song Contest’s Grand Finale airs May 18 on BBC One.
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