The Eurovision Song Contest can be a wonderful springboard for young artists. A place where you introduce yourself to the world and show what you have to offer. On Thursday an old acquaintance will be on stage: for Finland, The Rasmus is participating this year. The band scored worldwide hits in the early years of the 21st century. They don’t need this stage at all, do they?
No, the members themselves confirm in conversation with NU.nl. It’s still going pretty well with the band that once In The Shadows in The First Day of my Life brought. The worldwide hits are not forthcoming, but the band still tours and regularly comes up with new music. Yet the Eurovision Song Contest was exactly what they had been waiting for.
The Rasmus was founded in 1994 and was then called Sputnik, after which they took the name Antilla to eventually choose The Rasmus. Only singer Lauri Ylönen is already in the band, the rest of the composition changes over the years.
The Rasmus releases four albums for 2003 Dead Letters follows. That album gives them the status they will retain for years to come. In the Shadows delivers The Rasmus a worldwide hit. The song is released as a single and has sold over a million copies. The album two million times. The band is touring Europe and the United States and seems to be able to continue, but major hits are not forthcoming.
Jezebel is perfect for the Eurovision Song Contest
Coming in 2005 Hide From the Sun out, the band’s sixth studio album. The popularity is already declining considerably: half a million of this album are sold worldwide. More albums followed in the years that followed, but the success of Dead Letters no longer catches up with the band. After 2019 it will be completely quiet around the band, until it is announced on January 12, 2022 that they will participate in the Finnish qualifying round for the Eurovision Song Contest.
“We have been at home for two years because of corona and during that time we talked to each other: where can we still perform? Then Lauri came up with Jezebel and we actually quickly agreed: this fits very well with the Eurovision Song Contest,” drummer Aki Hakala told NU.nl during the opening ceremony of the event.
‘Truly an honor to represent our country’
The Eurovision Song Contest continued in 2021 while many foreign tours were postponed at that time, and the band found that attractive. And they appreciate the music event. “It is really an honor to represent our country in Turin. Music from all over Europe comes together here.”
Whether it’s a smart move remains to be seen. Not infrequently, once-popular artists participate in the Eurovision Song Contest only to disappoint there. For example the Finnish DJ Darude. In 2000 he had a worldwide hit with Sandstorm, and in 2019 he participated in the Eurovision Song Contest. He didn’t even make the final there. In fact, he finished last in his preliminary round.
Blue participated in 2011 with the song I Can and although they didn’t do badly with an 11th place, more was expected from the band that scored a big hit in 2001 with All Rise and then continued to be popular with songs like One Love, Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word (in duet with Elton John) and Signed. Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours (a duet with Stevie Wonder and Angie Stone).
Bonnie Tyler (Total Eclipse of the Heart, Holding out for a Hero) participated in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom. In the seventies and eighties she had hit after hit, but in 2013 she did not take the win: the singer became nineteenth.