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Krista Siegfrids to represent Finland in Eurovision Song Contest

Krista Siegfrids will represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Mälmö, Sweden next May following her victory on Saturday night in the New Music Competition. She won the competition with Marry Me which she composed together with Erik Nyholm, Kristofer Karlsson and Jessika Lundström.

Krista Siegfrids
Krista Siegfrids will represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest next may in Mälmö. Image: Tiina Jutila / Yle

The 27 year-old Siegfrids won the contest held at Espoo Areena by attaining the maximum vote of both the public and judges.

Krista Siegfrids is from Kaskinen in western Finland and has been studying in Vaasa to be a teacher. She also has experience in the theatre.

Runners up in the competition were Mikael Saari in second place with the song We Should Be Through with Diandra placed third with the song Colliding Into You.

Finland has only once won the Eurovision Song Contest. This was in 2006 when monster rockers Lordi took Europe by storm with their song  Hard Rock Hallelujah. Last year the title went to Sweden’s Loreen with the song Euphoria.

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