ESC+Plus has talked to Zühlke, finalist of this year’s Finnish national selection for Eurovision. The singer will perform “Perfect Villain” in the final of UMK 2017 set to take place on January 28th.
ESC+Plus: Hello! First of all, thank you so much for your time and congratulations on having been selected to take part in the Finnish national selection for Eurovision 2017!
Can you tell us about you, your musical career and important achievements?
Zühlke: I am a 25-year-old singer from the capital city area of Finland! I’ve been singing and performing ever since I was a small child. In 2013 I got an invitation to join the Finnish Idol competition and after the competition I made a record deal with D8 Music. I released my first album last spring and now I am working on an international career.
ESC+Plus: What impelled you to take part in “UMK 2017”?
Zühlke: I am a big fan of the Eurovision song contest and I watch the competition every year. As soon as I heard my song “Perfect villain” I fell in love with it! I knew that this is the song I would happily represent Finland with.
ESC+Plus: How did you feel when you knew you had qualified for the final? Did you expect it?
Zühlke: I felt truly amazed and also honored to be able to be part of this great competition. I have a strong faith in my song and I really believe I could win with it.
ESC+Plus: What would it mean to you to represent Finland?
Zühlke: It would mean a great deal to me. Finland is my home country and it would mean everything to me to get to represent my home that I love so much.
ESC+Plus: Can you tell us about your song? What is the story behind the lyrics?
Zühlke: The song is about a complicated relationship that is hard to let go. It brings out the deep nature of human relationships, I would say it is a yin and yang song. The song is about two opposing forces which complete and need each other. Your loved ones can often hurt you the most.
ESC+Plus: Why do you think your song has to be selected for Kiev? What are you strengths to reach the top in the competition?
Zühlke: My song stands out with its powerful and international sounds. The show and the music video are going to be amazing! I have a fully professional team behind me and it shows!
ESC+Plus: Have you thought about your performance for UMK 2017?
Zühlke: Yes, I have thought about it. It is going to be big and powerful! Something which has never been seen before.
ESC+Plus: Do you usually watch Eurovision? What is your favorite song in the history of the competition?
Zühlke: I watch it every year and I have a lot of favourites. Of course the most memorable moment was when Lordi won the Eurovision song contest.
ESC+Plus: If you could choose a Eurovision former participant to sing along with, who would it be?
Zühlke: Definitely Celine Dion! I have been her fan since I was a child. I was listening her music and singing along her songs since I was a small girl. I also admire her powerful sound.
ESC+Plus: Finally, can you send a message for our readers and Eurovision fans?
Zühlke: Thank you so much for reading this. It is amazing to be part of this amazing competition. I hope to see you in the Eurovision song contest 2017!