He’s the legendary Finnish singer who has been around since the 1960s. He’s also the ex-boyfriend of “Cicciolina” hitmaker Erika Vikman. This year, Danny has decided to enter UMK with “Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua“.
Finnish broadcaster YLE is sticking to last year’s formula, although expanded: this year there will be seven acts competing. Their songs are being revealed on weekdays at midnight Finnish time (22.00 GMT/23.00 CET) until January 21.
Danny “Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua” (Finland UMK 2021)
Danny’s entry is “about how life is a gift, but how you can never be sure how long it will last – only that it will, eventually, come to an end”. However, he’s taking a “humourous and truthful” take on the issue, with a “unique and melancholic” number.
“While its lyrics may not represent your typical Eurovision ditty, it’s an ambitious effort that represents a perspective that is rarely approached in pop music”, Danny explains.
Born Ilkka Johannes Lipsanen, Danny is a legendary figure in the Finnish music scene. Despite scoring over 100 chart hits, he never got to Eurovision, even though he tried. In fact, he took part in the Finnish national selection seven times throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
The grand final of UMK will take place on 20 February. The number of competing acts was whittled down from 278 entries, and only seven entrants will take the stage.
The songs were selected by a jury of industry professionals, led by radio YleX’s music manager Tapio Hakanen. He had praise for the applicants, saying, “The level of the songs and artists was incredibly strong and I am confident that we have coming in the spring of 2021 the toughest UMK of all time. I’m really happy and grateful to each and every musician who sent a song to Yle.”
The winner will be chosen by a mixture of jury and public vote. Rather than the usual 50/50 split, the public will hold 75% of the power.