After many months of speculation, broadcaster YLE has finally confirmed who will represent Finland at Eurovision 2019. Iconic DJ and producer Darude — best known for his 1999 single “Sandstorm” — will represent Finland in Tel Aviv.
The dramatic announcement was made this afternoon in a live stream hosted by Finnish Eurovision commentator Mikko Silvennoinen, Eurovision legend Krista Siegfrids, and Christoffer Strandberg.
Darude remarked, “This is an insane honour and a huge challenge. I have done all sorts of stuff done and performed for large audiences, but in this TV show, I haven’t been involved. When I was asked, I couldn’t say no.”
TÄSSÄ HÄN ON Suomen menestynein DJ Darude on Suomen euroviisuedustaja 2019 ja kilpailee UMK:ssa kolmella kappaleellaan. Tänä vuonna viedään klubikulttuuri viisulavoille! 2.3.Turun Logomossa selviää, mikä kolmesta biisistä edustaa Suomea Eurovision-mittelöissä toukokuussa. Pysy matkassa mukana UMK:n somekanavissa, tästä tulee hieno kevät!
Posted by Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) on Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Darude — otherwise known as Ville Virtanen — will compete at UMK 2019 final with three different songs. The Finnish public and an international jury will vote for the the one they think should go to Tel Aviv.
But Darude won’t be doing it alone. The superstar DJ will be joined by vocalist Sebastian Rejman, lead singer and guitarist of band The Giant Leap.
The three competing songs will be released in coming weeks, on February 8, 15 and 22. The three songs will then be performed at the grand final of UMK, this year held in the city of Turku on 2 March.
Darude and “Sandstorm”
Darude is best known for his 1999 instrumental trance single “Sandstorm”. The track was an international hit and charted around the world, including the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK singles chart.
In recent years, “Sandstorm” has found new life as an internet meme. Thanks to its popularity in gaming videos, this led to the development of a meme where any request for a song title gets the response Darude – “Sandstorm”. It looks like that wish has partly come true.
But it is important to recognise that there’s more than just that one single in Darude’s repertoire. The accomplished international DJ and producer has released four albums and numerous singles.
With a career spanning over two decades, Darude remains a respected musical artist. Most recently he released the single “Timeless”, featuring JVMIE.
Sebastian is the lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter of the Finnish rock band The Giant Leap. The group were most active in the 2000s and the group released two albums. Rejmann also plays with his own band, Sebastian & The 4th Line Band.
What do you think? Are you excited that Darude will represent Finland at Eurovision? What sort of songs should be take to the UMK final? Sound off in our comments section below!