When you’ve put out the most iconic dance track in the world, delivered non-stop stompers over the years and pulled in massive festival crowds each time, there’s only one thing left to do: compete in Eurovision, Europe’s biggest song contest. At least, that’s what Darude plans to do.
The Finnish DJ—born Ville Virtanen—announced yesterday that he will represent his homeland at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest alongside fellow countryman and The Giant Leap vocalist Sebastian Rejman. The pair will work on three original tracks which will be released weekly in February. Only one song will be selected, via a national vote, as their contest entry.
“This is a huge challenge for me in many ways,” Darude said in a press statement. “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! It is an honor to be part of this incredible experience and I only have positive expectations.”
Eurovision 2019 will take place in Tel Aviv, Israel from May 14 to 18. In the meantime, relive “Sandstorm” below: