Mae Muller returned to Twitter on Sunday after finishing second from the last in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 after a disappointing result.
The London-based singer, 25, who represented the UK at Saturday night’s match, took to the social media site to thank her fans for their support.
She wrote: ‘I know I joke a lot but we really gave it our all in the last few months, not the outcome we hoped for but so proud of everyone and what we’ve accomplished on this journey.
“Congratulations to all countries, I will never forget this trip and I love you all.”
With her track I Wrote A Song, the singer finished second to last in the competition, which was held on behalf of war-torn Ukraine at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.
‘Love you all’: Mae Muller took to Twitter to break her silence after Saturday night’s disappointing Eurovision Song Contest result in Liverpool
Disappointing: The singer, 25 second to last with her song I Wrote A Song, beat only Germany, which had 18 points
The star scored 24 points, beating only Germany who scored 18 points.
The result seemed more disappointing to fans after Britain’s Sam Ryder’s spectacular performance in last year’s competition.
The Space Man singer placed second, just missing out on the grand prize of last year’s winner, Ukraine.
Despite their disappointment, fans were quick to rally around Mae and show their support.
TV presenter Rylan Clark wrote, “We love you so much and couldn’t be more proud of you.”
One fan wrote, “You were amazing tonight,” while another said, “You’re always our winner.” (sic)
A fourth tweeted, “so proud of you, you did so well.”
Gracious: The brunette beauty took the time to thank her fans and fellow competitors despite saying it was ‘not the result we hoped for’
Support: Fans, including TV presenter Rylan Clarke, are quick to rally behind the twenty-five-year-old performer
Mae disappointed Eurovision fans with her live rendition of her song I Wrote A Song, which left viewers wondering if her mic volume was low amid the quiet vocal quality.
One person asked on Twitter, “Was the Mae Muller’s microphone turned down?”
A second said, “Obviously not going to be Mae Muller’s night, but it was a better song than the gig – couldn’t hear her – her mic was too low in the mix.”
While a third tweeted, “Truly gutted about Mae Muller. I Wrote A Song is a great catchy pop song, but it just didn’t come across as a live performance!’
Compassion came from the BBC, who organized the competition in conjunction with the European Broadcasting Union.
The broadcaster’s official Twitter account posted: “Mae, we’re so proud of you and everything you’ve achieved at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.”
As the show ended, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak tweeted: “Liverpool, you have made the UK and Ukraine proud.” What a fantastic celebration for £Eurovision2023 Congratulations @Loreen-Talhaoui. Sweden, it’s up to you.”
Technical issues: Some felt Mae’s performance, which scored only 24 points, was hampered by her microphone volume
It was Sweden’s Loreen who stormed to victory that night, making history as the first woman and second person to win the song competition twice after her win in 2012.
She scored a total of 583 points after the public and jury votes were combined, narrowly beating Finland’s Kaarija who scored 526.
The victory also ties her native Sweden with Ireland as the country with the most wins, with seven apiece. Loreen’s victory with Tattoo also means that Sweden will host the contest next year, on the 50th anniversary of Abba winning the Eurovision Song Contest with their hit Waterloo.
After being announced as the winner at the M&S Bank Arena, Loreen returned to the stage and was presented with the trophy by last year’s winners, the Kalush Orchestra of Ukraine.
She said: “This is overwhelming. I am so happy and I am so grateful.” With her win, she equals the record held by Irish singer Johnny Logan, who won the competition in both 1980 and 1987.
Compassion: The BBC also shared its support for the gutted singer via her Twitter account after being called in by her team that night
The Ukrainian entry, the brooding electronic duo Tvorchi, scored 243 points and placed sixth.
Saturday night’s grand finale featured a series of musical tributes to Ukraine, which would have hosted this year if it weren’t for the Russian invasion.
The evening opened with a pre-recorded video featuring last year’s winners, the Kalush Orchestra, and a surprise appearance by the Princess of Wales playing the piano.
They were joined by Ryder playing guitar at the top of the Liver Building on Liverpool’s waterfront, with Andrew Lloyd Webber on piano.
Former Go-A Ukrainian contestants Tina Karol and Jamala, who won for Ukraine in 2016, performed among this year’s hopefuls arriving for the flag parade.
But there was no appearance from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who was barred from addressing the event.
Winner: Loreen, winner of Sweden in 2012, triumphed again in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, scoring 583 points