Earlier this month, Eurovisionworld managed to interview Miss Ding Dong herself, Finland’s representative from 2013, Krista Siegfrids. In the interview she reminisces about her time in the contest and muses on how the contest should move forward – including the return of Turkey!
The performance of Krista’s song, ‘Marry Me’, featured the first female same-sex kiss on the Eurovision stage. At the time, Krista explained to the media that as same-sex marriage was not legal in Finland, she wished to make a statement to the world.
Turkey pulled its broadcast of the final due to the nature of the kiss.
I know, some people were against us and against our message of equality and love for everybody. I mean, some people didn’t like the kiss but… We don’t care about them! They’re party poopers! We just want love and equality for everybody and we tried to spread the message.
It seems that five years on, the infamous kiss is still a point of contention.
In early August, the general director of Turkish broadcaster TRT stated that they do not intend to return to the contest. Conchita Wurst and the new voting system were cited as examples of how the contest has ‘deviated’ from its core values, especially when ‘children are still awake’. While he does not mention Krista or Finland’s entry, there are clear allusions to her performance.
In the interview she explained she was made aware of those comments, and was sad that in in 2018 those views are being used to hold Turkey back from the Eurovision party:
I did hear about that and it’s sad because I really like Turkish music and I’ve loved their entries before, so I’d love to see them back at Eurovision.
Looking forward: Finland’s future
Krista also took the time to praise Saara Aalto for her song and performance in Lisbon. The songstress explained ‘it’s a great song and she did a super good job. We’re proud and she made it through to the final’.
However, she also suggested that in order to progress from the first qualification in four years there is work to be done. While she praised the range of genres and musical submitted to Eurovision, both the songs itself and staging concept could ‘probably’ be stronger.
While the interview made no reference to Krista’s role in UMK 2019, it is safe to say she will be cheering on YLE’s guest artist who will be announced very shortly!
Despite placing 24th in Malmö, Krista has remained a fan favourite and remained within the Eurovision bubble. Since 2016 she has channeled her infectious energy to hosting Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu. She also competed in Melodifestivalen in 2016 and 2017 respectively with a chance to represent Sweden!
Do you agree with Krista that Turkey should come back to the contest? What could Finland do to catapult up the scoreboard in 2019 and the years to come? Let us know your thoughts in the comments and on social media @ESCXTRA!