YLE has confirmed that changes will be made to the staging of “Look Away” for Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv.
Anssi Autio the Producer of UMK has confirmed that changes will be made to the staging of “Look Away” for Eurovision. The performance at UMK on Saturday evening featured a striking use of a rotating box with LED screens, with a dancer on top of the box, who featured in the graphics on the screens. Anssi commented:
UMK19 is a great package and the team will start working tomorrow to adjust the presentation to the Eurovision Song Contest. With an internationally renowned artist, Eurovision Song Contest will be a busy time, but both performers are fortunately experienced performers.
“Look Away” was written by Sebastian Rejman and Ville Virtanen, and was one of three songs performed by Sebastian and Darude last night in Turku. Darude explained regarding the songs message that:
Terrible things happen in the world. There are natural disasters, illness, wars and refugees. It’s easier to look elsewhere than to see or think about these things. The message of the song is that you should see, watch and do something.
Darude explained that when he was invited to be the Finnish entrant for Eurovision, he approached Sebastian for a song to compete with. Sebastian provided him with a demo, which went on to win the Finnish selection.
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.