Darude to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest

Sebastian Rejman & Darude

Sebastian Rejman & Darude

This year's contest will take place in Tel Aviv, as last year's winners were from Israel.

The missive - which also includes Vivienne Westwood and Mike Leigh - urged the BBC to call on organizers to "relocate [the contest] to a country where crimes against that freedom are not being committed" ahead of next week's United Kingdom selection show.

Darude, whose real name is Ville Virtanen, 43, has been chosen by Yle to represent Finland in May in Tel Aviv Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest.

"In May, the BBC intends to screen Eurovision 2019 from Israel".

Responding to the letter, the BBC said it was not appropriate for individuals to politicize the corporation's participation in the event, arguing that Eurovision was not a political event and that its participation "did not endorse any political message or campaign".

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The letter comes as the United Kingdom prepares to vote on a song in the BBC2 song selection show "Eurovision: You Decide" to be aired on February 8.

The letter adds: "The BBC is bound by its charter to "champion freedom of expression". They and the BBC should consider that "You Decide" is not a principle extended to the Palestinians, who can not decide to remove Israel's military occupation and live free of apartheid.

Meanwhile, Australia's own Eurovision competition is heating up, with 10 acts vying to represent us at this year's competition in a Battle Royale-style singing competition this February 9 on the Gold Coast, airing live on SBS. "The host country is determined by the rules of the competition, not the BBC", it said.

"Even Palestinians with Israeli citizenship were told in the nation-state law passed past year that only Jews have the "right to national self-determination".

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