It is fair to say that the search has commenced, with the Nordic countries looking for the best possible entries to represent them in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, set to take place in Vienna, capital city of Austria. In a three-part series, escflashmalta.com will be looking at the various selections, kicking off with Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) in Finland, and Melodi Grand Prix (MGP) in Norway.
Finland has had it’s most successful decade since they first entered the contest in 1961. Their win with Lordi in 2006 has certainly marked a positive turning point for the country. This might not equal the success of their Scandinavian neighbours, the combined score of Finland, a total of 544 points in all the finals, and only failing to make it through to that stage on two occasions, is nothing to be sniffed at for the many years when Finland battled Norway at the latter end of the table.
Semi-Final 1 (February 07)
Hans on the bass – “Loveshine”
Semi-Final 2 (February 14)
Semi-Final 3 (February 21)
Whilst I might not be in a position to comment on the artists in contention, it is fair to say that the songs in itself represent diversity in terms of genre, and likability, giving Finland a plethora of entries to choose from. On the other hand, the other contender for ‘nul points’ during the year has definitely been Norway, having achieved the feat in 1963, 1978, 1981, and 1997.
Smashing all previous Eurovision records in 2009 and winning by comfortable margins in both 1985 and 1995 you can safely say that when Norway is on form it certainly wins with style. Therefore, Norway’s combined finals score for the past ten years is 1054 second only to Sweden. Yesterday, in a Press Conference organised by NRK, the 11 finalists were made public, much to public anticipation.
Final (14th March)
Alexandra Joner – “Cinderella”
Contrazt – “Heaven”
Erlend Bratland – “Thunderstruck
Ira Konstantinidis – “We Don’t Worry”
Jenny Langlo – “Next to You”
Karin Parik – “Human Beings”
Marie Klåpbakken – “Ta Meg Tilbake”
Mørland & Deborah Scarlett – “A Monster Like Me”
Raylee – “Louder”
Staysman & Lazz – “En Godt Stekt Pizza”
Tor & Bettan – “All Over the World”
In the second part of the Nordic series, escflashmalta.com will be having a look at Iceland and Denmark, as the songs are set to premiere rather earlier than usual in one instance, whilst the list of finalists will be made public in the other quite soon. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.
Source: NRK, YLE, escflashmalta.com