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Finland: YLE Confirms Eurovision 2019 Participation

YLE has confirmed Finland’s participation in Eurovision 2019, as the broadcaster asks for the public’s thoughts on next years selection.

The Finnish national broadcaster is looking forward to next years Eurovision Song Contest, as YLE asks for the public’s input in to next years selection process. The broadcaster is asking for ideas for Uuden Musiikin Kilpailussa 2019, and the countries wider participation in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Finland decided that Saara Aalto would take “Monsters” to the Eurovision stage in Lisbon. The show was a special edition of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (‘UMK’), which is used annually to choose Finland’s Eurovision entry; however, this year the show was used to select Saara Aalto’s song for Lisbon, following an internal artist selection by the broadcaster, YLE.

Her participation followed two previously unsuccessful attempts to represent Finland at Eurovision. In 2011 she participated in Finland’s selection with Blessed with Love, and in 2016 she performed No Fear. Both songs finished in second place in their respective finals. In 2016, Saara also participated in the UK version of The X Factor, where she also finished in second place.

Source: YLE

Finland first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961, they debuted alongside Spain and Yugoslavia. Finland has finished last in the contest on 10 occasions and has received ‘nul points’ three times. It wasn’t until 2006 that Finland won the Eurovision Song Contest, Lordi represented the country in Athens with the song “Hard Rock Hallelujah” scoring 292 points a record total at the time.

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