In news that makes too much sense, legendary DJ and producer Darude will represent his home nation of Finland at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.
Before you ask: no, he will not be playing Sandstorm, but that doesn’t mean Sandstorm 2 is out of the question.
Overnight, Eurovision announced the muso born Ville Virtanen will head to Tel Aviv in May to compete against performers from across the continent (and from Australia, of course).
In a statement, Darude said “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.”
If you’re gonna make techno, you may as well do it for the motherland.
I am incredibly excited to announce that I will be the 2019 @Eurovision representative for Finland! This is such a huge honor for me to represent my home country in this way, and I am SO excited to share this crazy experience with you all! @Yle_UMK #UMK19 #eurovision pic.twitter.com/MrXwb4yFEE
— Darude (@Darudevil) January 29, 2019
Joining him will be vocalist Sebastian Rejman, who should add some on-stage dynamism to the producer’s track. That’s just as well, considering how much staging, lighting, and overall presence influences voters around the planet.
The song itself is yet to be determined, mind you. Darude and Rejman will perform three songs during a televised mini-competition in March, at which point the strongest tune will be rubber-stamped for export to Israel.
While Sandstorm‘s meme status has given Darude genuine international notoriety, there are ten Australian acts raring to crush his song into dust at the contest. Those challengers will vie for glory at our own televised selection competition, which goes down on Saturday February 9.