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Sandhja to represent Finland at Eurovision

Finland's Eurovision representative was chosen last night at the New Music Competition hosted by Yle. The winner was the upbeat "Sing It Away" by young Finnish singer-songwriter Sandhja, who has roots in India and Guyana.

Sandhja juhlii Uuden Musiikin Kilpailun (UMK) finaalin voittoa Helsingissä 27. helmikuuta 2016. Image: Martti Kainulainen / Lehtikuva

"Finns are looking for some joy during the recession," replied Sandhja, when asked why she thought her positive song "Sing It Away" resonated with the audience at the New Music Competition hosted by Yle on Saturday night.

Her song won the competition which selects an artist to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest each year.

The 24-year-old musician and nurse from Espoo was so overwhelmed by her win that it took her a few moments to realise what had happened.

"Are we partying on the stage, or did I just win?" she asked.

Sandhja released her debut studio album "Gold" in May 2014 with Sony Music Entertainment Finland.

She will represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm in May.

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