If Finland believed in a big star in its debut in 1961 the year after we went to the other opposite by sending only 16 year old newcomer Marion Rung. Coming from a musical family (her mother, grandfather and uncles all were professional musicians) she had participated in a national talent show (2nd place) and won a Scandinavian one, yet she was still unknown hairdresser practicant when she was sent to Luxembourg and gained a respectable 7th place with her jolly little tune Tipi tii, today an evergreen.
She went on represanting Finland in Sopot Festival (7th place) the same year and in 1968 she won the Golden Orfeus Festival in Bulgaria and Special price by jury in Golden Stag Festival in Romania. She also participated again in the national final Euroviisut in 1967 and 1969, did TV-shows and restaurant shows singing in Finnish, Swedish, English, German, French, Hebrew and Yiddish, and becoming the leading lady of the big floor show productions. She also did theater and musicals, including Sound of Music.
Her golden era, what comes to scoring hits and selling records, would only come in the 1970's and in the 2000's she's still going strong and one of the most famous and beloved singers in Finland.