Eurovision 2016 is all about coming together so it’s more than a perfect time for Sandhja to represent Finland in this year’s contest. Wiwibloggs talked to Sandhja about her multicultural roots, her surprise UMK win, the message of her song — and she demonstrated her amazing dance moves.
While Sandja was born in Finland, she has Caribbean roots as her mother was originally from Guyana and of Indian decent. Sandhja is very proud of her roots and has visited South America 12 times. The mix of different cultural backgrounds makes her “feel like a world citizen”.
Sandhja at Israel Calling – Interview
Sandhja wasn’t among the big favourites to win Finland’s Eurovision selection Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, but she won the juries and the public over with her bubbly image and catchy song. As the points started to come in, Sandhja still tried to stay humble. When her points started rolling in, Sandhja says “I didn’t dare to look at the other contestants because I felt so embarrassed.”
Sandhja says she only was in UMK for the ride and to have a good time. She believes people saw the joy and the energy and voted for her because of that. She also think it’s important for Finland to have a multicultural representative at this time where there is lots of racism.
Sandhja at Israel Calling – live performance
Israel’s preview party was the first time Sandhja did some promo outside Finland, but she has a good reason for that. She has been busy recording her second album Freedom Venture, which is coming out just before Eurovision on April 29.
Sandhja and Finland will open this year’s contest by performing first in the first semifinal. Sandhja will serve as a ambassador for Finnish design and rocked the red carpet wearing Finnish brands such as Bohem, Katri Niskanen and Nannanda by Hanna Ruax. She also promises that we will see Finnish design on the Eurovision stage — made of reindeer suede!