For the fourth time OGAE Finland was arranging ‘The Eurovision Cruise’ onboard M/S Silja Europa. More than 2000 persons were having a good time listening and dancing to Eurovision artists and DJ:s during the cruise between Helsinki-Tallinn and back. This year’s event was a tribute to female artists and we got the possibility to interview one of them – Marion Rung.
Marion was Finland’s representative in Eurovision 1962 with the song “Tipi-tii” and in 1973 with “Tom Tom Tom”, which ended 6th. “Tom Tom Tom” was Finland’s best position in Eurovision until Lordi and “Hard Rock Hallelujah” won in 2006. Marion Rung is one of the best known and award-winning Finnish singer in her genre. Beside her participation in Eurovision she has competed in the Sopot festival several times and she won the contest twice (1974, 1980). In 2011 she celebrated 50 years as artist with several concerts in Finland.
After the interview it was time for Marion and her band to enter the stage for a one hour show. We got all her big hits and the feedback from the audience was great. After 52 years in show-biz, Marion is definitely still going strong.
The Eurovision cruise took place during 22 hours, 31st August-1st September 2013. This was the line-up of artists – a broad variety and something for everybody:
Valentina Monetti, San Marino 2012, 2013
Marion Rung, Finland 1962, 1973
Krista Siegfrids, Finland 2013
Birgit, Estonia 2013
Timoteij, Sweden Melodifestivalen 2010, 2012
ESC-DJ:s were: DJ Ohrmeister and DJ Werneri
Eurovision-dragshow by Jukka K & Miss Divet
Thanks a lot the president of OGAE Finland, Jouni Pihkakorpi, and his excellent team.