#BIRTHDAY: Darude from Finland is 47 today

#BIRTHDAY: Darude from Finland is 47 today

Can you spot a winner from a first listen? Yes? Well, could you spot a candidate for last place at first listen too? It can be tough at the top, but equally tough at the bottom.

Imagine the scene. A certain broadcaster picks a safe pair of hands as their entrant. They get him and a pal to write and/or perform three songs in a primetime national final. The best of the three songs gets through, and the duo are dispatched to the host city. What happens? Said safe pair of hands finishes a distant last. What went wrong? Well nothing really. All of this befell today’s birthday boy Darude (né Toni-Ville Henrik Virtanen). He wasn’t alone of course, but maybe what he thought would work may have done several years ago. But in 2019, ballads win.

Authors: Riigi Ametnik, John Stanton


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