Eurovision 2023: 9 of the entries to look out for, from Mae Muller to Blanka

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Mae Muller has just been announced as the UK’s entry for the Eurovision song contest which is taking place in Liverpool in May.

The 25-year-old Londoner, who has previously supported Little Mix on tour, will be performing her track I Wrote A Song.

“I’m a huge fan of so many of the artists that have found success at Eurovision, from ABBA to Måneskin,” Muller said. “Sam Ryder was so amazing last year and proved the UK can be back on the left-hand side of the leaderboard.”

Last year Sam Ryder shocked UK fans by coming second in the competition. The UK is notorious for nearly always coming in near the bottom of the leaderboard and last won Eurovision in 1997, the same year that Muller was born.

The UK is one of the last countries to reveal its competing song: many of the acts won music competitions in their own countries and the song they performed at their national final performances is the song they will be performing at Eurovision.

Over the last couple of days, Eurovision has been uploading the music videos and performances of its upcoming acts, getting fans of the show truly excited about the major upcoming song contest.

While all of the acts are fantastically fun and super talented, here we pick nine of the entries to look out for.

Mae Muller, UK

Muller has been releasing music since 2019, releasing songs alongside rapper Aitch and DJ and producer Sigala, and had Stefflon Don featuring on her 2023 track Feels This Good. Her Eurovision entry is a fun EDM pop banger, which would work as well as clubs across Britain as it would on stage at the song contest.

TVORCHI, Ukraine

All eyes will be on Electronic duo TVORCHI, who will be performing Heart of Steel for Ukraine this year. Their super cool song swings from pop to R&B, and is likely to be a hit at the competition. Ukraine won last year’s Eurovision, which took place in Turin, with Stefania by Kalush Orchestra. As the war is ongoing in Ukraine it is unable to host the competition, but is hosting by proxy in Liverpool.

Voyager, Australia

We think that Australia’s Voyager is going to do extremely well at the competition. It’s breezy, fun and catchy – the progressive metal band from Perth, which formed back in 1999, have gone for a song that’s a bit lighter than their usual music for their Eurovision entry. They’ve produced seven albums over their 24 years together, the last, Colours in the Sun, being released in 2019 by French American metal record label Season of Mist.

Käärijä, Finland

Cha Cha Cha by Finish rapper Käärijä is a bit of a marmite track, but we rate it. 29-year-old Käärijä from Helsinki has been releasing music since 2016 and released his first album in 2020. Cha Cha Cha is about as high energy as the songs this year come. A mix between metal chords and gabber beats, his music video, where he’s falling about in a boxing ring seems fitting.

Blanca Paloma, Spain

Track Eaea from 34-year-old Blanca Baeza, aka Blanca Paloma, is one of our favourite songs in the competition this year. The song has very clearly been inspired by Rosalía’s work, which mixes traditional flamenco sounds with hip hop and pop beats: Eaea also encompasses a wide-range of musical styles. Eaea is not only extremely memorable, but Blanca Paloma is an incredible singer.

Blanka, Poland

Blanka Stajkow, who participated in Poland’s Top Model show in 2021, is performing Solo, a classic and catchy pop song, which we can imagine being a hit throughout the summer.

Teya & Salena, Austria

Austrian-Serbian Teya and Austrian Salena will be performing Who the Hell Is Edgar? in the competition. The song, which could best be described as an upbeat electro-pop anthem, driven by a synth-heavy instrumental, has a real buzz to it. We fell in love with the song partly because of its fantastic music video, in which the singers are dressed as Fifties office workers who type out something for their boss, who reads it and then starts to have an attack of groovey dancing. We hope they’re able to translate this feel-good vibe into their stage performance in May.

Noa Kirel, Israel

Noa Kirel is one of Israel’s biggest pop stars, so it was only a matter of time before she became their entry for Eurovision. Her song, Unicorn, is one of the slickest songs in the competition – it’s well-polished and has a great beat – but it’s also much less camp than some of the other entries. Israel’s Netta Barzilai won with Toy in 2018 – will Noa be able to do the same with Unicorn?

Luke Black, Serbia

Luke Black may look like The White Stripes’ Jack White, but his music couldn’t be more different. The 30-year-old Serbian singer-songwriter, who was reportedly the first Serbian artist to ever sign to Universal Music Group, usually produces high-energy pop dance tracks. Samo Mi Se Spava, his Eurovision entry is a little different, with a long moody electronic introduction, and a techno beat running underneath his vocals.

Eurovision will take place between May 9 to 13