Finland – According to a story in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, Finnish broadcaster YLE is unable to pay for the songwriters of this year’s track, Monsters, to travel to Lisbon. Most delegations always give accreditation passes and travel costs to the songwriters, but Linnea and Joy Deb have been told there are no spaces for them this year as part of the Finnish delegation.
YLE television producer Anssi Autio said,
“We already pay for so many and it’s not entirely up to us to decide who to include in the delegation. I want to emphasise that we would very much have liked to have them with us. Songwriters should be there more than managers and PR agents, absolutely, who are also still necessary. But this is also a collaboration with the record company and Saara’s team. Therefore, we must take them into account when we decide who should be included in the delegation.”
Linnea Deb said
“It is really sad. Imagine a film festival without the director or screenwriter there. It was important in Finland, but now they have catapulted us out. I feel it is so sad that composers have zero weight in a competition based on just our work. It is skewed. We probably will not work with YLE again.”
There has been no comment from Saara Aalto or her record company as yet on the matter.