Finland: Reviewing the track 'När Jag Blundar'Written by Marc Calleja Bayliss
A collective group of countries come together to form a continent but then again, the definition is too broad in the sense of the word and therefore, there is more than meets the eye at times. When it comes to Europe, most of the countries are re-grouped into smaller areas such as the Baltics, the Balkans or even Scandinavia. There is a specification based on history or even geographical location but these countries look out for each other despite for example having had to face themselves in civil wars throughout the years. The next country to be analysed further by our critics is none other than Finland who will be represented by the young Pernilla with the song När Jag Blundar written by Jonas Karlsson, who happens to be the brother of the performer.
Pernilla has a strong and emotional voice, which has received acclaim in Finland. “När Jag Blundar was written for my mother. I relate to the lyrics deeply and I hope this comes through in a universal way – after all, there is an instinctive bond between a mother and a child, regardless of whether they are present in each other’s lives or not. The song expresses gratitude for motherly love and understanding”, Pernilla says.
När Jag Blundar was written by Pernilla’s brother Jonas Karlsson, who is an acclaimed producer in Finland. “This is a family project and I like it that way. These people know me like no-one else and I am able to express myself openly, which is important to me. In addition, my mother is huge fan of the Eurovision Song Contest so you can imagine how overjoyed she is that a song that was written for her by her son and sung by her daughter will be performed in Baku!", Pernilla laughs. Pernilla belongs to the Swedish-speaking minority in Finland. “People have asked me whether I will sing in Swedish in Baku. Yes, I will. När Jag Blundar was written in Swedish. It would now be difficult for me to capture the emotional depth in another language”.
Pernilla has always been involved in music, albeit not professionally: “Music has been my dear friend and I have been singing and dancing more or less my whole life. When I was 15 I won a contest called The Smallest Schlager Competition in the World. Nonetheless, I continued to concentrate on my other passion, handball. It is only now that I will pursue music wholeheartedly and professionally,” Pernilla says. Currently Pernilla is working on new material with her brother Jonas.
The Critics Voice Their Opinion
Jan Van Dijck
- I personally like this song, but just as a song for the ESC and that’s where it was composed for, to compete in the Contest. The song itself is a bit repetitive. Maybe to the final, maybe not but I believe that six (6) points are deserved.
- This is tender, liberating and has an individual artistic quality about it. The Finnish accent is so strong that you nearly forget it is sung in Swedish, but that makes it all even more charming. I would love to see this do well, but I don’t really believe it will. Qualification should be Finland’s highest ambition. I will give this seven (7) points.
- A nice melody with a hurtful voice. Not a very exciting performance, gets a bit dull after a while. This song has a stripped down production that works well with her voice. We are not really getting into this song, so four (4) points from us.
Composer: Jonas Karlsson
Author: Jonas Karlsson
Song: När Jag Blundar
History of the Nation
Finland was one of the longest competing nations in the Eurovision Song Contest without a victory prior to the year 2006 actually and therefore they might have slowly been giving up on winning but more using the event as a platform to promote their music. In the years leading up to that prestigious moment, they did miss out on a number of years. It is widely known that their 2000 entrant Nina Astrom had actually beat the popular band Nightwish with her track A Little Bit for example and they could have been the first winners should things had went differently. Prior to the victory with the song Hard Rock Hallelujah, their best result had been achieved back in 1973 when Marion Rung took to the stage with the song Tom Tom Tom. Since then though, results have been better and most of the time, Finland has been in the final only missing out in 2010.