Krista Siegfrids will provide commentary for Finland at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest alongside Mikko Silvennoinen.
Last month it was revealed that Mikko Silvennoinen would return to the Eurovision commentary booth for the fourth year in a row. Finnish broadcaster YLE has revealed today that former Eurovision participant and UMK host Krista Siegfrids will also commentate alongside Mikko. This will be her first time commentating on the contest, and when asked about the opportunity, she said:
“It feels great to be with Mikko. The fact that we are two brings a natural, vivid feeling to comment. We can throw the flap in a different way. Mikko gives me the safety and I throw more energy on the boards”.
Krista represented Finland at the 2013 contest in Malmö, Sweden with her song “Marry Me”, placing 24th in the Grand Final. She has hosted Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu since 2016, where she also participated in Sweden’s Eurovision selection show Melodifestivalen.
Mikko is a television presenter, journalist and producer who took over the role as Finnish commentator in 2016. Providing Swedish commentary for Finland will be Eva Frantz and Johan Lindroos. On YLE Radio Finland, the semi-finals will be commentated by Sanna Pirkkalainen and Toni Laaksonen, with the final commentary provided by Sanna Pirkkalainen and Sami Sykkö.
Representing Finland at this year’s contest is Darude and Sebastian Rejman with their song “Look Away”.
About “Look Away”
“Look Away” was written by Sebastian Rejman and Ville Virtanen, and was one of three songs performed by Sebastian and Darude 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.