It is less than one month since Finland chose Norma John to represent their country in Kiev.

One of the competing artists in Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) was runner-up Zühlke with her song “Perfect Villain”. We caught up with her after UMK and found out what she thinks about the winning song and a lot more about her life.

Hello Zühlke! At the beginning I wanted to thank you for your time. First of all, can you tell us something about yourself?

Hello! My name is Zühlke and I am a 25-year-old artist from the capital city area of Finland. I participated in Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2017 (UMK) with my song “Perfect Villain”. I placed second in the competition.  I’ve been singing and performing since I was a small child.  Last year, I signed my first record deal with D8 Music record company and I also released my first album. Now I am working on my biggest dream, to pursue an international music career!

What was your impression about UMK and what do you think about the winning song?

I really enjoyed my journey, it was an amazing and unforgettable experience! I got to meet so many talented, inspiring and wonderful people. I really enjoyed doing the “Perfect Villain” music video and loved to perform on the big stage. I am really happy for Leena and Lasse and the winning song “Blackbird”. The song is dramatic and beautiful and Leena sings it perfectly. Amazing and talented people. I wish them the best of luck!

Do you find it hard to be a singer?

I live for music and I love to sing and perform, more than anything. The music business is hard and it takes a lot of strength and work to be successful. In 2013, I unexpectedly lost my mother. Since she passed away I really realised how important it is to live life to the fullest and do the things that give you the greatest meaning in life. I am willing to give my best for the thing that I love the most, and have a career as a singer.

What are your plans for the near future? A new song, maybe an album?

Yes! I am doing new music at the moment and I hope my new single will be ready soon and released. I am really excited about it!

Do you watch the Eurovision Song Contest? Who is your favourite winner?

I am a fan of Eurovision and I have always watched the competition! I will definitely watch it this year too. “Euphoria” by Loreen is one of my favourites, but I have many of them.

Will you try again to compete in UMK and try to represent Finland in Eurovision ?

Maybe someday. I am not sure yet… Never say never!

Finally, do you have a message for our readers?

Thank you so much for reading my interview! I hope we are going to have an amazing Eurovision show this year in Kiev. All the best and please stay tuned for my new music!

Zühlke thank you for your time! We wish you all the best and hope to see you again soon!

Thank you for this interview and see you!

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