Famous producer/DJ Darude will represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest. After a series of bad results can he be the person to bring Eurovision pride back to Finland? The song will feature vocals from Sebastian Rejman.
Those not familiar with the name Darude, look up the smash hit Sandstorm! It might just ring a bell…
Finnish broadcaster YLE have announced that Darude will fly the Finnish flag in Tel Aviv this May. Like last year, the selection show Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) will be used to decide which song he will perform at the contest. In last year’s selection show the Finnish entrant Saara Aalto performed 3 songs which were voted on by the public and an international jury, these votes were combined to decide the winner – and the same format will be used once again.
UMK will be broadcast on the 2nd March, and before that, the three Darude songs will be released on the 8th, 15th and 22nd of February.
All songs will feature vocals from Sebastian Rejman, known from the band The Giant Leap.
Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest
Finland have had a shaky history at Eurovision. They have finished in last place 10 times and have only won the contest once. In 2006 Lordi brought their Hard Rock Hallelujah to Athens and earned 292, being the first rock music song to win the competition. Since their victory, Finland have failed to enter the top 10 and have failed to qualify for the grand final 5 times. Last year all hopes were on Saara Aalto to restore some Finnish pride at Eurovision. Her song Monsters was much loved by Eurovision fans across Europe but it did not translate into points on the night. Saara finished in 25th place earning just 108 points.
You can watch Saara Aalto performing last year’s entry at Eurovision In Concert below: