It was a thrilling evening in Helsinki as Finland selected its 2016 Eurovision Song Contest entry in what seemed like a very open competition. Nine acts battled for the honour of representing the country, and after the votes of a jury and the TV viewers it was clear that Sandhja will represent Finland with the song Sing It Away.
The national final of Finland for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, UMK (Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu), just took place in Helsinki hosted by Roope Salminen and Krista Siegfrids. The nine candidates performed in the following starting position:
Cristal Snow - Love is Blind
Stella Christine - Ain't Got Time for Boys
Annica Milán & Kimmo Blom - Good Enough
Eini - Draamaa
Barbe-Q-Barbies - Let Me Out
Tuuli Okkonen - Don't Wake Me Up
Sandhja - Sing It Away
Saara Aalto - No Fear
Mikael Saari - On It Goes
The results were determined by both televoting (50%) and a total of 10 juries (50%).
Sandhja will represent Finland in the first Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm on the 10th of May!
In addition to the amazing performances by the nine finalists there were some mind blowing special guests in the show, such as the mighty Lordi, winner of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, as well as the most talked about contestant in Vienna last year: Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (PKN). They performed a special rendition of their song Aina Mun Pitää!
Sandhja is a young Finnish singer-songwriter with roots in India and Guyana. Her style is urban soul, her voice is powerful and her stage presence bursts with joy and positive attitude. Back in 2014 Sandhja released her debut album, which was loved by both critics and the audience. Now it’s time for some new music & new challenges in UMK 2016... and the Eurovision Song Contest!