Climate change anthem is Finland’s Eurovision pick

Singer Sebastian Rejman and DJ/Producer Darude will represent the country at the Song Contest finale in Tel Aviv.

Singer Sebastian Rejman (L) and DJ/Producer Darude (R) at the UMK competition in Turku, 02.03.2019 / Credit: Miikka Varila

Finnish voters and a panel of international judges chose an anthem for climate change to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest in May.

DJ and producer Darude teamed up with vocalist Sebastian Rejman to perform three potential Eurovision tracks in Turku on Saturday night.

The victorious song is ‘Look Away’ and was showcased at UMK in Turku against a backdrop of landscapes. Rejman sang in front of a spinning cube with Darude inside, and video images of melting ice caps playing on the sides of the box.

Rejman, who co-wrote the track, tells the Wiwibloggs Eurovision fan site that he was compelled to pen the song during a trip to India, and the poverty, pollution and overcrowding he saw there.

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It’s not the first time Finland has sent a song with a powerful message about climate change to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Back in 2011 singer song-writer Paradise Oskar sang about wanting to save the planet from environmental disaster. Despite finishing 3rd in his semi final, Paradise Oskar came 21st out of 25 entries in the final.

This year’s song contest takes place in Tel Aviv, and Finland performs in the first semi final – hoping to be one of the top countries to go through to the grand final.