Finland: Yle confirms Windows95man participation!

The wait is over.  Yle has confirmed that Windows95man will represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 held in Malmö.  There was speculation surrounding the participation of the music duo because of the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict.

Windows95man had expressed their opposition to the participation of Israel in this year’s Eurovision.  Moreover, the winners of UMK asked for time to think whether to compete in Malmö or not under the current circumstances.

Yle’s statement

First of all, public broadcaster Yle recognized the difficult circumstances surrounding the ongoing conflict.  However, they said that they comply with EBU’s decision to allow Israel’s participation:

Yle has decided to respect the European Broadcasting Union EBU’s judgment on the TV companies participating in the contest. We understand that there are various justified perspectives related to this issue. Yle has informed the EBU about the discussion in Finland and the Finnish representative’s view on the situation. We hope that the situation in the Middle East will resolve as soon as possible.

On the other hand, Windows95man reiterate their opposition to Israel participating in Eurovision.  Moreover, the band said in the public statement that they will use their platform to raise awareness together with other representatives and put pressure to the EBU

We think that the only correct decision for the EBU would be to exclude Israel from the competition. However, we do not feel that withdrawing ourselves would make an impact. Instead, we have started discussions with other representatives on how to explore strategies for leveraging our collective influence and use our position to apply pressure on the decision-makers at EBU. The decision was difficult, but now it has been made. We thank everyone for the support we have received. From now on, we will focus on the music and building the show.”

You can watch our reaction to Windows95man’s song No Rules by the Eurovisionfun team in the video below:

What do you think about Windows95man’s decision to represent Finland in Malmö?  Do you think their strategy will have an impact?

Source: Yle

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