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British paper: Hidden message in Finnish Eurovision entry

Finland’s Eurovision hopeful Krista Siegfrids says there's no secret political angle in her pop hit "Marry Me" -- apart from a call to avoid imposing gender-based limits on love.

Krista Siegfrids.
Krista Siegfrids will represent Finland with her bubble gum pop hit "Marry Me". Image: Ville Paul Paasimaa / EBU

According to the British daily The Independent, there's more than meets the eye to Finland's entry in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. Performer of the song Krista Siegfrids told The Independent that the song urges Finland to legalise gender-neutral marriage.

The song "Marry Me" was a joint effort involving performer Siegfrids and co-writers Erik Nyholm, Kristofer Karlsson and Jessika Lundström. The ditty is essentially a young woman's plaint for a long-awaited proposal from an inattentive boyfriend.

However Siegfrids told the British daily in an interview that it is also a declaration of love and tolerance regardless of the gender of the parties involved.

The rules of the Eurovision Song Contest expressly forbid entries with any kind of political message. In 2009 Georgia withdrew from the kitschy competition, when contest organisers the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) rejected its song "We Don’t Wanna Put in", a thinly-veiled rant against then Russian Prime Minister and current President Vladimir Putin.

Siegfrids: Surprise in store on Eurovision night

Siegfrids says that while her song is not political, she feels that it is wrong to deny homosexuals the right to marry. And it is this state of affairs that she wants to protest.

During her performance she kisses one of the female dancers in her act. She added that she is planning a big surprise during the song’s finale, adding that no one can interfere with her plans during a live performance.

Finland is the only Nordic country that has not given its blessing to same-sex marriages. Activists successfully gathered the 50,000 signatures needed to take a citizen’s initiative on the issue to the Parliament. 

A bill legalising gender-neutral marriage was previously narrowly blocked at the Committee stage and never made it to the floor for debate and voting.

The annual songfest kicks off in Mälmö, Sweden in two weeks.

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