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Darude will perform 'Look Away' at Eurovision 2019

Finland has decided that Darude will perform 'Look Away' with singer Sebastian Rejman in Tel Aviv. Darude performed the winning track and the other previously released songs 'Release Me' and 'Superman' on stage in the national Finnish selection for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

Darude and Sebastian Rejman will perform Look Away in the first Semi-Final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest on the 14th of May in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The winning song: 'Look Away'

These two songs were also in the running, but did not get enough votes:

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The Finnish national selection for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is called Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2019 (in short: UMK19) and was held at Logomo in Turku. The show was hosted by Krista Siegfrids, Mikko Silvennoinen and Christoffer Strandberg.

UMK19 hosts Krista Siegfrids, Mikko Silvennoinen and Christoffer Strandberg
UMK19 hosts Krista Siegfrids, Mikko Silvennoinen and Christoffer Strandberg © Yle / Miikka Varila

Darude and Sebastian Rejman performed all three songs and the winner was chosen by televoting and an international expert jury:

About Darude

Ville Virtanen, better known by his stage name Darude, is one of the most successful Finnish artists of the modern era. He started making music in 1995 and released his most iconic hit single Sandstorm in 1999. The music video for the instrumental dance track, uploaded to YouTube in 2009, has reached more than 143 million views at the time of writing.

Darude is a multi-platinum, award-winning producer/DJ, who has played at hundreds of clubs and festival around the world and who has released four studio albums to date. His most recent album Moments was released in 2015.

Darude's venture into Eurovision

Promising to create the atmosphere and visuality of his DJ gigs on the Eurovision stage, Darude will perform Look Away with featured vocalist Sebastian Rejman, known from the band The Giant Leap, sure to bring a fresh vitality and admirable live element to Darude’s musical backdrop.

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UMK19 © Yle / Miikka Varila

Darude about participating in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest: "This is a huge challenge for me in many ways. 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!"

Finland in Eurovision

Finland made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961, but never placed in the top five until 2006. That changed completely when Lordi ended up winning the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest. Last year, Saara Aalto made it through to the Grand Final in Lisbon with her song Monsters.

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