Eurovision 2016 Guide: Finland

Eurovision Finland 2016

With nine last place finishes and failing to qualify for the finals on five occasions since the semi finals were introduced in 2004, Finland’s Eurovision history isn’t one of the greatest. Not only is Lordi’s ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ their only ever win, but it is their only top ten finish that they have had since 1989. Finland have always pushed the envelope when it comes to Eurovision. Lordi performed a rock song in garish masks, Krista Siegrids kissed another woman in 2013 amidst outcry of Russia recently passing anti-LGBT legislation and in the 2015 contest, ‘Aina mun pitää’ was performed by Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, a band whose members are all adults with developmental disabilities. So what has Finland got in store for us in 2016? Read on to find out…

For the 2016 Contest, the Finnish national broadcaster, Yleisradio (Yle), will continue with the selection show Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), which has been in place since 2012. The contest focuses on showcasing new music and will consist of three semi finals taking place on 6th, 13th and 20th February. Successful acts from the semis (as voted by the public) will then compete in the live final on 27th February. The four shows will be hosted by  Roope Salminen and Krista Siegfrids.

Eurovision Finland 2016

                                              Will Finland get further than the Semi Finals in 2016?

The competing entries along with their promotional music videos were revealed on 12th January at a press conference.

Semi Final 1 (6th Feb)

Advanced:

Eini- ‘Draamaa’ 

Saara Aalto- ‘No Fear’ 

Stella Christine- ‘Ain’t Got Time for Boys’

Eliminated:

Clemso- ‘Thief’

Mikko Herranen- ‘Evil Tone’ 

Pää-Äijät- ‘Shampanjataivas’ 

Semi Final 2 (13th Feb)

Advanced:

Annica Milán & Kimmo Blom- ‘Good Enough’ 

Cristal Snow- ‘Love is Blind’ 

Mikael Saari- ‘On it Goes’

Eliminated:

Rafaela Truda- ‘Rise Up’ 

Ylona- ‘Blazing Fire’

Attention 2- ‘Ready For the Show’

Semi Final 3 (20th Feb)

Advanced:

Barbe-Q-Barbies- ‘Let Me Out’

Sandhja- ‘Sing it Away’

Tuuli Okkonen- ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’

Eliminated:

Gušani Brothers- ‘Poom Poom’

Lieminen- ‘Pehmeiden arvojen vaalijat’ 

Pietarin Spektaakkeli- ‘Liian kuuma’ 

The nine qualifying acts will compete on 27th February in the live final of UMK when the winner will be crowned:

Eini- ‘Draamaa’ 

Saara Aalto- ‘No Fear’ 

Stella Christine- ‘Ain’t Got Time for Boys’

Annica Milán & Kimmo Blom- ‘Good Enough’ 

Cristal Snow- ‘Love is Blind’ 

Mikael Saari- ‘On it Goes’

Barbe-Q-Barbies- ‘Let Me Out’

Sandhja- ‘Sing it Away’

Tuuli Okkonen- ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoP1A4rSG1g

 

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