Mae Muller returned to Twitter on Sunday after a disappointing result in the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest saw her finish second from last.
The London based singer, 25, who represented the UK during Saturday evening’s competition, took to the social media site to thank her fans her their support.
She wrote: ‘I know I joke a lot but we really put our all into the last few months, not the result we hoped for but so proud of everyone & what we achieved on this journey.
‘Congrats to all the countries, I’ll never forget this journey and I love you all.’
Performing 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 Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena.
‘I love you all’: Mae Muller took to Twitter to break her silence after UK’s disappointing Eurovision result in Liverpool on Saturday night
Disappointing: The singer, 25 ranked second to last with her track I Wrote A Song, beating only Germany, who had 18 points
The star scored 24 points, only beating Germany who gained 18 points.
The result seemed more disappointing to fans after the spectacular performance of UK’s Sam Ryder in last year’s competition.
The Space Man singer came runner up, only narrowly missing out on the top prize to last year’s winners 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 we couldn’t be prouder of you.’
One fan wrote: ‘You were amazing tonight,’ while another added: ‘Ur our winner always.’ [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 it ‘not [being] the result we hoped for’
Support: Fans, including TV presenter Rylan Clarke, where quick to rally-around the twenty-five year old performer
Mae disappointed Eurovision fans with her live rendition of her track I Wrote A Song, with viewers questioning whether her microphone volume was low amid the quiet vocal quality.
Taking to Twitter, one person asked: ‘Was the Mae Muller’s mic turned down?’
A second said: ‘Obviously not going to be Mae Muller’s night but it was better song than the performance – couldn’t hear her – her mic was too low in the mix.’
While a third tweeted: ‘Really gutted for Mae Muller. I Wrote A Song is a great catchy pop tune but it just didn’t land as a live performance!’
Commiserations came from the BBC, which organised the contest in partnership 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’ve done the United Kingdom and Ukraine proud. “What a fantastic celebration for £Eurovision2023 Congratulations @Loreen-Talhaoui. Sweden it’s over to you.”
Technical issues: Some felt Mae’s performance, which only scored 24 points, was hindered by her microphone volume
It was Sweden’s Loreen who stormed to victory on the 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 win also ties her native Sweden with Ireland as the nation with the most wins, with seven apiece. Loreen’s win with Tattoo also means that Sweden will host the competition next year on the 50th anniversary of Abba winning Eurovision with their hit Waterloo.
After she was announced as the winner at the M&S Bank Arena, Loreen returned to the stage and was handed the trophy by last year’s winners Kalush Orchestra of Ukraine.
She said: “This is overwhelming. I’m so happy and I’m so thankful.” Her win means she equals the record held by Irish singer Johnny Logan, who triumphed at the contest in both 1980 and 1987.
Commiserations: The BBC also shared its support for the gutted singer via its Twitter account after she was rallied by her team on the night
The Ukrainian entry, the brooding electronic duo Tvorchi, scored 243 points and came sixth.
The grand final on Saturday night featured a series of musical tributes to Ukraine, who would have hosted the contest this year had it not been for the Russian invasion.
The night opened with a pre-recorded video featuring last year’s winners Kalush Orchestra – and a surprise appearance from the Princess of Wales playing the piano.
They were joined by Ryder playing the guitar on the top of the Liver Building on the Liverpool waterfront, with Andrew Lloyd Webber on piano.
Former Ukrainian contestants Go-A, Tina Karol and Jamala, who won for Ukraine in 2016, performed in between 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.
Win: Sweden’s 2012 winner Loreen once again triumphed at the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, scoring 583 points