You might know her best as Lynda Woodruff, the spokeswoman for the EBU with a special talent for mispronouncing nearly everything, but Sarah Dawn Finer is in fact a singer in her own right. If you didn’t notice, she was the one who sang the stripped-down acapella version of “The Winner Takes It All” at the Eurovision finals this year. You can get a taste of some of her hits on her official website.
Sarah’s definitely been busy lately, as she tells Gay Times magazine in an interview on their music blog: “two tours, released an album, hosted the Swedish Melodifestivalen, TV host at Christmas, Eurovision, Lynda Woodruff, many different concerts and acted in a Swedish motion picture out this Fall.”
And it’s not slowing down any time soon – she’s preparing to release her Swedish album in Norway, doing work for radio, traveling to the UK to write songs with Glen Scott, co-writing songs in Sweden and getting ready to act in a production of Cabaret. Phew!
But of course the question burning on the interviewer’s, and our, mind – what about Eurovision? She’s already gone for representing Sweden at Eurovision in the past, reaching the finals of the 2007 and 2009 Melodifestivalen. Would she do it again?
“No. Not for Sweden. Not any time soon… but I would love to write a song or sing for the UK one year.”
Representing the UK might seem to come out of the blue, but Sarah, a Stockholm native, has British (and American) roots.
“My father is from Bethnal Green, East London. He came to Sweden as a young teenager, so compared to my mom, who came to Sweden from the Bronx in New York at 29, he spoke perfect Swedish by the time I grew up. Both my parents have been a huge influence in my life as people – their language and background, my relatives, and their love of the arts. I go to London and New York at least once a year and it has been that way since I was a child.”
So what do you think – do you want a “half-British, half-American singer for 2015”?
James Longbotham contributed this report from Germany. Follow him on Twitter at @jimk1n.