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Tango queen crowned

Finland’s new tango queen is Heidi Pakarinen, who was crowned at the Seinäjoki Tango Festival in southern Ostrobothnia last night. 

Heidi Pakarinen
Heidi Pakarinen is Finland's new queen of tango. Image: Lehtikuva / Jukka Töyli

Out of 300 competitors for the coveted Tango Queen title, judges unanimously voted for singer Heidi Pakarinen, 37, whose performance at the Seinäjoki Tango Festival was outstanding. 

Pakarinen is a successful professional singer who has previously been a finalist for the title, which is awarded every July at the Festival.

For the first time in the almost 30-year history of the Seinäjoki Tango Festival, the Tango King and Queen are being selected on different days. The Tango King will be crowned on Saturday.

The Tango Finlandia prize was awarded to veteran tango singer Markus Allan, who started his career 50 years ago.

Each year the Seinäjoki Tango Festival draws about 100, 000 visitors.

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