The Finnish national broadcaster,YLE, sticked again this year with last year’s internal selection format in order to select its Eurovision 2019 act. On  29 January the broadcaster announced that Darude with Sebastian Rejman, will represent the country. In the country’s national final  (UMK), they presented to the audience three candidate song. Through a combination of International jury and public voting the entry  “Look Away” will eventually represent Finland in Tel Aviv.

A few words about Darude and Sebastian Rejman

Ο Darude ( or Toni-Ville Henrik Virtanen as his full name is), was born in 1975 in the Finnish city of  Eura and is one of the moist successful DJ’s in Finland. He began his music career at the age of 20 and met worldwide fame with is super hit Sandstorm that went platinum in Finland an climbed the charts in several coutries internationally, such as the UK, Sweden, Australia. He has released a total of 4 albums and has receives a number of  awards in the Finnish Grammy Awards. He has won more prizes in Sweden and the UK too.

Sebastian Rejman was born on 13 January, 1978, and his a finnish singer, actor and T.V presenter. He started singing and playing the guitar at the age of 14. His the leading vocalist and guitarist of the group The Giant Leap but has established a new band named  Sebastian & The 4th Line Band.

The entry “Look Away”

Behind the finnish entry Look Away are  Sebastian Rejman & Ville Virtanen. It’s a pop song which is very close to Darude’s kind of sound we meet in most of his songs. Darude and Sebastian will perform in the first half of the 1st semi final on May 14.

Take a look at the official music video of the song:

The lyrics of “Look Away”

There’s something you should know
I can’t sing a love song anymore
There’s something going on
And I can’t turn my back on it anymore

How can we go to sleep at night
And lay there in our beds?
When we know what’s going on
With the world today

Is it in my head?
Am I the only one?
Is it in my head?
When the war has just began

We look away, look away, look away, look away
Look away, look away, look away, look away
Is it in my head?
Is it in my head?
Look away, look away, no

There’s something in the air at night
That feels so different
And I don’t understand
I didn’t see this coming

How can we go to sleep at night
And lay there in our beds?
When we know what’s going on
With the world today

Is it in my head?
Am I the only one?
Is it in my head?
When the war has just began

We look away, look away, look away, look away
Look away, look away, look away, look away
Is it in my head?
Am I the only the one?
Is it in my head?
When the war has just began
We look away, look away, look away, look away
Look away, look away, look away, look away, no

The Eurovision Story so far

Finland made its debut in the contest back in 191 and has once the contest, in 2006 , when the country was represented by  Lordi and their entry  Hard Rock Hallelujah

The country’s best result before then was achieved by Marion Rung with the song “Tom Tom Tom” in 1973, which placed sixth.

Finland has finished last in the contest ten times, receiving “nul points” in 1963, 1965 and 1982. Since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, Finland has failed to reach the final seven times. In 2014, the country had its best result in eight years when Softengine finished 11th. In 2015, Finland finished last in the first semi-final with the shortest-ever Eurovision entry, “Aina mun pitää” performed by Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät.

Last year  Saara Aalto represented the country with her entry Monsters but she finished second last in the Grand final.