He’s the Finnish A-lister who has long been a fan favourite to sing for Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest. And as it turns out, Robin Packalen is warming to the idea of competing in the country’s national selection UMK.
“For the last ten years, I’ve been saying no to that,” Robin told YLE in a recent interview. “However, Eurovision is starting to look like a credible concept. It’s under consideration.”
His comments are timed with the release of his latest EP Rest in Beat, which makes good on his 2019 decision to release music primarily in English.
At the time he said that his goal was international success. But as YLE reports, that’s been a rather rocky road — despite signing with Universal Music Germany way back in 2015.
His EP was originally meant to drop in the summer of 2020 and be accompanied by a tour of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Coronavirus put the kibosh on his plans.
He tells YLE that Eurovision seems like a reasonable route to take if he wants to amp up his name recognition abroad. His change of tune — from scratching his head years before to seeing a major opportunity — stems partly from the success of UMK’s most recent winners Blind Channel. They’ve achieved massive success with their track “Dark Side” and its follow-up “Balboa”.
But Robin is not putting all of his eggs in that basket. He wants to make in-roads in China and has fed his music into Chinese social media channels like Douyun — the local equivalent of Tiktok — and Youtube’s counterpart Bilibili for some time.
Are you feeling Robin’s latest offerings? What style of music would you like to see him take to UMK? Do you think he has what it takes to succeed at Eurovision? Let us know in the comments box down below.