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Darude to represent Finland at Eurovision

By | Published on Wednesday 30 January 2019


People always ask why the UK doesn’t send one of its well-known, proven talents to Eurovision. Couldn’t someone ask Ed Sheeran? Morrissey once said he would do it. Although, maybe that’s best left alone now. Well, anyway, Finland’s only gone and bloody done it. This year it will be represented by Darude – best known for his 1995 mega-hit ‘Sandstorm’.

The trance producer has teamed up with vocalist Sebastian Rejman for Finland’s song for this year’s Eurovision, which is set to take place in Tel Aviv in May. Or songs, rather, because he’s written three. His trio of contenders will be released one per week in February, with public and jury votes deciding which will represent Finland at the actual contest.

“This is a huge challenge for me in many ways”, says Darude. “When I was asked to represent Finland I felt a bit scared at first, but there was no way I could say no to my country! It is an honour to be part of this incredible experience and I only have positive expectations!”

Now, see, that’s the sort of attitude you want. I bet this is giving Finland the sort of national boost we could really do with in the UK right now.

In the UK, of course, we also have three songs to choose from, and six different performers vying to perform one of them on the international stage. Not one of them has ever had a global trance hit though. But rather than dwelling on that, let’s just watch this video of Darude talking some more about how amazing everything is: