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Darude announced as Finnish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 - watch and listen here the three competing songs

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Kuvakollaasi daruden UMK19-kilpailukappaleiden levynkansista Picture by: Yle / Anton Sucksdorff Sebastian Rejman,Darude,Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2019,Euroviisut

Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company has chosen EDM icon Darude to represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The representing song will be chosen on live TV broadcast on the 2nd of March.

You’ve heard the ubiquitously iconic Sandstorm, amongst others in an almost 20 year long career and now for 2019, Finland will be represented by Darude for this year’s competition. Darude is one of the most successful Finnish artists of the modern era with true global appeal.

A multi-platinum, award-winning Producer/DJ, who plays hundreds of club and festival shows around the world and who to date has released 4 critically acclaimed studio albums, his most recent album Moments coming back in 2015.

— This is a huge challenge for me in many ways, when I was asked to represent Finland I felt a bit scared at first, but there was no way I could say no to my country! It is an honour to be part of this incredible experience and I only have positive expectations!, Darude says. Promising to create the atmosphere and visuality of his DJ gigs on the Eurovision stage, Darude will perform his tracks with featured vocalist Sebastian Rejman, known from the band The Giant Leap, sure to bring a fresh vitality and admirable live element to Darude’s musical backdrop.

Darude has released three songs that will compete in the national selection of the UMK.

Which of these Darude's Eurovision candidate songs is your favourite?

Look Away
41% (43 votes)
Superman
35% (37 votes)
Release Me
25% (26 votes)
Total votes: 106

Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman: Release Me



Release Me // Laulun sanat // Lyrics

The more I go, the less it seems to make sense
Not sleeping in my bed, I can really feel the distance

How can we fix what’s already been stolen

When the emptiness inside is eating us alive
I don't want to waste our precious time
‘Cause we're not getting any younger now
We're not getting any closer to the truth
And there's nothing left to figure out
So wo-o-oo, so why don't you...

Release Me
Release Me

Release Me
I see the light on and I'm soon coming home
Release Me
’Cause you love me, you let me go

You said be myself, well, careful what you wish for
It's a cloudy day in hell, and here comes the downpour

We’ll save some sunshine, it's banging on the front door
What's on the other side, it's just another lie
Tell me why we're wasting both our time

'Cause we're not getting any younger now
We're not getting any closer to the truth
And there's nothing left to figure out
So wo-o-oo, so why don't you...

Release Me
I see the light on and I'm soon coming home
Release Me
’Cause you love me, you let me go

Release Me
I see the light on but I'm not coming home
Release Me
’Cause you love me, let me go

Release Me
I see the light on but I'm not coming home
Release Me
’Cause you love me, let me go

Release Me

Sävellys ja sanoitus: Ville Virtanen, Jaakko Manninen & Brandyn Burnette
Musiikkivideon ohjaaja: Jaakko Manninen

Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman: Superman



Superman // Laulun sanat // Lyrics

Oh god I'm terrified when I'm not with you
No matter how I tried I was feeling blue

You walked into my life, showed me something new
Oh baby when you're gone I don't know what I should do

'Cause only you can make me fly like I'm Superman
How you make feel like this, hard to understand

When I need a hero, you'll be my hero
When I feel the darkness, you'll be the light

'Cause only you can make me fly like I'm Superman
Like a Superman

When all my hope is gone and I'm caving in
When I can see the light from the dark within

You walked into my life, showed me something new
Oh baby when you're gone I don't know what I should do

'Cause only you can make me fly like I'm Superman
How you make feel like this, hard to understand

When I need a hero, you'll be my hero
When I feel the darkness, you'll be the light

'Cause only you can make me fly like I'm Superman
Like a Superman

When you're around I can reach for the sky
I won't look down, going high at night

When you're around I'm above all the clouds
You don't let me down

'Cause only you can make me fly like I'm Superman
How you make feel like this, hard to understand

When I need a hero, you'll be my hero
When I feel the darkness, you'll be the light

'Cause only you can make me fly like I'm Superman
Like a Superman

Sävellys ja sanoitus: Ville Virtanen, Chris Hope & Thom Bridges.
Musiikkivideon ohjaaja: Jaakko Manninen

Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman: Look Away



Look Away // Laulun sanat // Lyrics

There's something you should know
That 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?
Where the war has just began?

We look away
look away
look away
look away, hey
look away
look away
look away
look away, no-o-o

Is it in my head?
Is it in my head?
look away
look away, hey, no-o-o

There's something in the air at night
That feels so different
And I don't understand
I didn't see this one 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?
Where the war has just began?

We look away
look away
look away
look away, hey
look away
look away
look away
look away

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

We look away
look away
look away
look away, hey
look away
look away
look away
look away, hey, no-o-o

Sävellys ja sanoitus // Music & lyrics: Sebastian Rejman & Ville Virtanen.
Musiikkivideon ohjaaja: Jaakko Manninen

The winning Darude track that finally represents Finland in the ESC 2019 will be decided by a combination of public vote and an international jury’s points via live stream and TV broadcast UMK19: Darude on 2nd March.

In a career that has seen him win prestigious awards that include 3 x Finnish Grammy Awards to having one of the world's biggest selling 12 inch singles in 2000, Darure has continually flown the siniristilippu (Blue Cross Flag) of Finland wherever he has travelled.

An act that his home country has always respected him for and is in part the reason behind why he was invited to usher in the 2017 New Year Eve celebrations by DJing at a largescale public event in the country’s capital of Helsinki in front more than 100, 000 people as part of the celebrations of 100 years of Finnish independence.

— We are really excited that Darude is representing Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest. This is probably the first time that a DJ artist is taking over the Eurovision stage, the producer of Yle’s Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), Anssi Autio, says.

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