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Thursday, 12 September 2013 17:15

Finland: UMK '14 Submissions Officially Commence

Since 2006, Finland has maintained a positive streak by virtue of making it through to the final on five (5) of their next seven (7) attempts with their most recent being earlier this year with the track Marry Me co-written by Erik Nyholm, Kristofer Karlsson, Jessika Lundstrom and vocalist Krista Siegfrids. Despite the controversy that the track stirred due to a 'lesbian kiss', the commercial success quickly followed as the track entered the singles chart in Finland, Iceland, Turkey, Sweden, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The selection process known as Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu is set to return for the third consecutive year following such positive comments about the way that it was organised.

Harri Hakanen, Chairman of the Selection Committee has gone on record stating that they have already received a number of entries in a variety of genres and musical style reminding aspiring artists and songwriters that they are looking for an 'international sounding' and 'insightfully unique' entry which would honour Finland abroad. He went onto add that the ultimate prize of competing in the showcase is to represent the nation at the Eurovision Song Contest and garnering worldwide attention for more than the actual stage performance of three minutes. This is due to publicity, airplay and the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers, producers and stylists.

In the meantime, Krista Siegfrids has also taken to her Official Facebook Page in light of the recent regulations that were published on the official website of the broadcaster. As always, her enthusiastic manner is astonishing 'Go for It! It was the best experience ever'. Since representing Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest, Krista signed a record deal with Universal Music Finland and released her debut album Ding Dong which peaked at number #19 on the Albums Chart in her native country. She is also currently a mentor on the Kids version of The Voice. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: YLE, escXtra

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlBXOveVh7c

It's August and Radio International hosted by Juergen Boernig has been with you post Eurovision Song Contest with a number of features from the world of the international competition. We would like to invite you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & Cable 8.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

Gianluca, the male artist who represented Malta at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat has been extremely busy upon his return from the showcase, having been given the opportunity to release his debut album and also perform alongside world renowned tenor, Joseph Calleja. Apart from that, this evening, he is also sharing the stage with three time Eurovision Song Contest winner, Johnny Logan from Ireland as they perform at the Għaxaq Music Festival. Gianluca is taking time out of his busy schedule for an exclusive live interview with Radio International as he discusses current projects and also his first studio collection entitled Waiting for Tomorrow which is currently on pre-order through digital store, iTunes. Other interviews to be aired during this weeks' episode; Lys Assia (Switzerland 1956-1958), Valentina Monetta (San Marino 2012-2014), Krista Siegfrids (Finland 2013), Roberto Bellarosa (Belgium 2013) and Ryan Dolan (Ireland 2013).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiJLo1ZDthk

There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Alex Sparrow (Russia 2011), Nadine Beiler (Austria 2011), Maya Sar (Bosnia & Herzegovina 2012), Agnetha Faltskorg (Sweden 1974), Nina Badric (Croatia 2012), Birgit Oigemeel (Estonia 2013) and Pastora Soler (Spain 2012). All of the news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. David Mann will be discussing songs from the Eurovision Song Contest which have been covered across time. Make sure to tune into this evenings episode of Radio International on the links offered above as we help you get through your post Eurovision depression. escflashmalta.com is always proud to promote the work of Radio International hence the weekly promotion of the leading interviews which is the way that each article will be placed upon within the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIC3Zcgnb9s

The saying goes that time flies and indeed, this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest came and somewhat disappeared without a trace as quickly as possible. A European spectacle which takes place over a fortnight, including rehearsals, press conferences, parties as well as meet and greet sessions came to an end leaving several countries happy with their results especially the likes of Malta, The Netherlands and Hungary who returned to the top ten for the first time in ages. We would like to invite you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & Cable 8.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

One of the most popular artists to compete at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was definitely Nathalie Horler of Cascada who represented Germany with the track Glorious as the title of this article implies. Unfortunately, the renowned act did not manage to maintain the recent success of the nation at the prestigious event noting that Germany, winners of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 with the song Satellite performed by Lena Meyer-Landrut had managed three consecutive top ten positions. Nevertheless, despite the result, Germany have already confirmed their presence in Denmark. Nathalie of Cascada was glad to be part of the event actually and had only nice words to say seeking to broaden the fanbase of the group. She speaks about the career of the act, the participation and also future plans in music especially with a brand new album having just been released into the market.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HYTd7WDCPg

Marc Paelinck is easily becoming a veteran of the Eurovision Song Contest having co-written songs for several countries including Malta, Belarus, and his native Belgium. This year marked his fourth participation in total as he wrote the song Solayoh performed by Alyona Lanskaya on behalf of the eastern country of Belarus. The team of Radio International had the pleasure to speak to them both, starting off with the stunning performer who not only looks like an angel but also has the ability to sing extremely well. Marc on the other hand speaks about the background of the song and whether he would like to return to the Eurovision Song Contest in the future. It is well worth pointing out that this was his best finish yet noting that all of his past endeavours had only managed to reach the lower echelons of the scoreboard as opposed to this mid-table showing. Marc Paelinck was also involved in two other selections; the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with Domenique and the Beosong with Maja Nikolic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7wL0JbuK2M

The final two interviews which will be airing this evening are those featuring Aliona Moon from Moldova who was also a backing vocalist to Pasha Parfeni at last years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest as well as the group The Dorians who took Armenia back into the final on their return to the prestigious event. Aliona Moon could not better the result achieved the year before as Moldova could only manage another eleventh place finish with the song O Mie, largerly thanks to jury support whilst The Dorians obtained the worst result for the country when competing in the final. Nevertheless, they defined the odds in reaching the final with the song Lonely Planet as many people had not tipped them making it through. Both Aliona Moon and The Dorians felt empowered at being at the event and they speak about their respective careers and where this event will take them in the future.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xckgLUv73Jc

There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Dana International, winner of the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest; Anna Rossinelli, the last artist to take Switzerland into the final back in 2011; Krista Siegfrids who caused controversy with her lip-lock action on stage and last but not least Emmelie de Forest, winner of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. In the meantime, there will also be a number of cover versions as recorded throughout the year, a feature which will be returning at the hands of David Mann. All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. Dermot Manning will also be looking at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest from a broader spotlight. Make sure to tune into this evenings episode of Radio International on the links offered above as we help you get through your post Eurovision depression. 

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l_3p6kF5O8

During this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Finland was represented by Krista Siegfrids and her dance/pop entry Marry Me which stalled in the final, only obtaining thirteen (13) points to finish in twenty-fourth position. This was not the initial expectation of the broadcaster whose major success was recorded around seven years ago with the song Hard Rock Hallelujah performed by Lordi which finished in pole position in both the semi-final and the final respectively. 

YLE, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Finland in the esteemed music event is the first to announce the way forward noting that the preselection procedure known as Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu will be returning. The showcase was first adopted back in 2012 and was not met with success noting that it was not a ratings winner and the winner did not yield an international result despite a stunning performance. The system was altered ever so slightly in 2013 and seemed to work much better noting that people were tuning in with the voting being quite intense during the final. Many had noted Finland to have a beautiful selection of entries with the first and second runner-up deemed more appropriate to represent the country from an international standpoint. Songs for the 2014 edition of the competition have to be submitted until 16th September 2013 with the qualifiers set to be revealed by the 10th December 2013. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com and make to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest updates.

Source: YLE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlBXOveVh7c

Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:21

Finland: Reviewing the track 'Marry Me'

The editorial board at escflashmalta.com always has the interests of the readers at heart and for that simple reason, we have once more engaged a series of music professionals to listen to the entries competing in the Eurovision Song Contest, pass their judgement and assess them by a points system. The full result of their qualifying countries will be released on the eve of the respective semi-final. In the second semi-final, seventeen (17) countries will be in contention and in slot number five (5), the producers have decided to put none other than Finland, one of the longest competing countries. YLE, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Finland organised a national selection which saw Krista Siegfrids finish at the winner with the track Marry Me which she co-wrote alongside Erik Nyholm, Kristoffer Karlsson, Jessica Lundström.

Krista Siegfrids came to prominence following her energetic performances at the tv-show The Voice of Finland. Subsequently, the multitalented Krista has taken Finland by a storm, winning the nation’s adoration with her catchy tunes, extravagant and stylish shows and her outspoken and sunny personality. This is a woman who dares and does according to her own catch phrase more is more! Krista Siegfrids and her fabulous #TeamDingDong are representing Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest with the super catchy song Marry Me! When I was five, I was totally obsessed by Carola’s Fångad Av En Stormvind. I used to sing and perform it all the time! My favourite was the wind machine and I used the hair dryer as one!

”We have this ongoing party going on! Happiness, craziness, open-mindedness and rainbow colours! Everybody is welcome, just join #TeamDingDong! We have the best parties because we love everybody! You gotta live life to the max and be the unique great you that you are!” Krista states. Krista combines music, dancing and acting in an unique way. She has performed in musicals and cabarets as well as many gigs and shows around the Nordic countries. The show is important. I want to entertain and it is important that everybody is having fun! The bigger the better, the crazier even better! This ever-energetic sunny whirlwind and #TeamDingDong is preparing for a true blast at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0u9dsvMZKs

”This is a dream come true for me. I have been a big fan since I was five and I have followed ESC every year. It is the biggest and craziest party in the world and we will make it even bigger and crazier! #TeamDingDong will make Europe go DingDong!” Krista’s debut album is released on the 10th of May. ”The record is one big party! It’s energetic pop-rock with many party tunes. Different themes and strong tracks. Music that makes your feet and your mind move!” In 2011, Finland managed to reach the final of the Eurovision Song Contest with a third place finish but unfortunately the result was not replicated in the final and this gave the country a brand new perception, one to change the system of selection. Thus came, Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu which includes three introductory shows, three elimination shows and a grand final. 

The early favourites; Mikael Saari and Diandra finished in second and third place respectively with Krista obtaining a landslide tele-vote. Finland has been one of the longest contributors to the Eurovision Song Contest having entered the event for the very first time in 1961 and appearing a total of forty-six (46) times, forty-two (42) of them within the final. Their only victory came back in 2006 with the group Lordi and the song Hard Rock Hallelujah sweeping both the semi-final and the final respectively. Since their victory, the results have improved and the country has only failed to qualify twice, two being in the last two years including in 2012 when Pernilla Karlsson took to the stage with the track Nar Jag Blundar, finishing in twelfth place. 

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 87%

Martin Isherwood: Good strong direct title, although not sure what our more liberally minded sisters will make of the lyrics! Interesting if slightly unusual vocal. Bells always either mean Christmas or weddings so I suppose that works. Got a good contemporary feel to the production. Hints of Katy Perry. Ok overall. You never know.

Sharon Vaughn: This is the type of track that truly has the feel of a winner and could definitely be a radio hit!

Stano Simor: Krista is very good performer, singer. Generally speaking, this song has the hit factor and that is pretty much evident. Nice gimmicks and modern production. Clearly one of the best songs of semifinal. Keeping fingers crossed for this one, so good luck!

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdU02F9lT2g

Published in Editorials

Krista Siegfrids will be representing Finland in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Marry Me co-written alongside Erik Nyholm, Kristofer Karlsson, Jessika Lundström. It is important to note that the national selection in the Scandinavian country was actually quite stunning both in musical and visual quality and it is something which Finland required following the disappointment of the previous year which had seen Pernilla Karlsson take to the stage with the song När jag blundar written by Jonas Karlsson. In the second semi-final, she will be performing in slot number #6, just one before Malta whose Gianluca will be performing the track Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek.

In recent days, Krista Siegfrids had the opportunity to speak to our senior editor, Antoine Farrugia about her upcoming participation in the international spectacle but did not want to reveal what is going to happen during the stage performance although it is worth noting that heads did indeed roll around when she took to the stage during the Eurovision In Concert especially towards the end when she grabbed one of her female dancers and planted a kiss on her. Krista is fighting hard for marriage equality in Finland and that was the main reason why she put on that stunt. Nevertheless, what she did reveal in her interview is that she will be wearing 'a huge wedding dress'. The Finnish delegation in collaboration with Krista Siegfrids herself have recorded a special video message to all of her followers in Malta, urging them to join #Team DingDong. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: YLE, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25tKH1TgWO4

The editorial board of escflashmalta.com has continued to get in touch with artists competing in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and in this specific case, the semi-final in which Malta will be competing with the song Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals by Gianluca. As a matter of fact, before he takes to the stage, there will be Finland whose surprise winner at the end of the national selection was Krista Siegfrids with the song Marry Me which she co-wrote with Erik Nyholm, Kristoffer Karlsson, Jessica Lundström. Finland will be hoping to return to the final this year, having been disappointed last year with their entry När Jag Blundar performed by Pernilla Karlsson.

Finland is one of the most unsuccessful countries to compete at the Eurovision Song Contest having only managed one victory, that being in 2006 at the hands of Lordi with the song Hard Rock Hallelujah having been disappointed on each attempt at qualification since the semi-final system was introduced apart from finish last on eight occasions. This was surprising because the genre was different from previous winners. Nevertheless, Finland has improved greatly since then with only one last place finish and several qualifications. What will you be doing to continue the recent successful trend of Finland?

I think that Marry Me is a really catchy song and I hope that people around Europe will like our energetic and crazy performance! We wanna make whole Europe go DiNG DoNG!!! :) Vote for happiness, girl power, craziness and LOVE!!!

Despite the fact that you have been performing for a number of years, The Voice of Finland was definitely the required boost to establish yourself as a solo artist. How did the experience of the talent show help you grow as an artist and what have you learned that you will be trying to utilize at the Eurovision Song Contest?

The Voice of Finland was a good experience because the Finnish people got to know me and after that I got a lot of gigs and other job offers. It made me stronger and more determined to focus on my solo career.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdNTubMPL7o

Marry Me, the song that you will be performing on behalf of Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest is your debut single, the kick start to your career and will be part of the yet untitled studio album released four (4) days ahead of the actual semi-final where you will be competing. What should your fans and people around the continent expect?

My Ding Dong album is a piece of me. All the songs are stories of my life in one way or another. I'm really proud that I've done most of the song my self. There will be many crazy party songs with funny lyrics. I wanna entertain people and I want you to dance and smile! :) But there is also one ballad on the record which I wrote to my father who passed away when I was 15. He was a great man and he deserves many beautiful songs.

Your entry for this years’ international spectacle has an extremely catchy tune and one could instantly start singing the lyrics by the second chorus if not the first. As regards to the live performances seen during the national final, you had both backing vocalists and dancers apart from the typical props which have become part of the show. Could you describe what you will be doing in terms of staging in the semi-final?

I don't wanna tell you what's gonna happen on stage yet. But I can tell you that we are FULL OF SURPRISES! :) The show will be energetic and funny and of course I'll be performing in a huge wedding dress ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0u9dsvMZKs

You have one of the most impressive music videos accompanying your entry for this years’ Eurovision Song Contest but nevertheless, a number of countries including Denmark and Sweden for example have opted to use their national selection performance. What made you and your team decide to record a music video and what is the aim behind it, meaning do you believe that such promotion is important for get a higher ranking?

I've always wanted to do a music video. This is the first one and I'm really proud of it. I think it's hilarious! :) Love the script that my favorite director Elias Koskimies did! I just want people to watch it and love it! I think music videos are important for an artists career. You get to know the artist better if you have music videos.

It has become no secret that due to the fact that is indeed a competition, performers tend to have a listen to the tracks that they are competing against and one of the countries which will be hoping to qualify alongside Finland is Malta. The performances will be back to back with Finland taking the fifth slot as opposed to Malta which will be singing in the sixth slot. Have you heard the Maltese entry, Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals by Gianluca and what were your thoughts?

Yes, I've heard Malta's song and I think it's really beautiful! It's a feel good song that I would like to listen to on the radio. Malta has by the way always had great songs in ESC.

Would you like to say anything to your fans at escflashmalta.com?

JOIN TEAMDINGDONG AND MARRY ME!!! :) <3 Hugs and kisses from Krista <3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdU02F9lT2g

Published in Interviews
Saturday, 09 February 2013 18:34

Finland: UMK 2013 Final - LIVE

In 2006, the dynamics of the Eurovision Song Contest were set to completely change due to the fact that the longest competing nation without a victory, in the form of Finland, finally managed to overcome their issues and triumph with the track Hard Rock Hallelujah performed by Lordi. Since then, they have managed to qualify on four out of six occasions, including a third place finish in the semi-final in 2011, with Paradise Oskar and his entry Da Da Dam. They have been carefully rebranding the process and have come up with the system known as Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu which gives space to new and upcoming talent in the nation.

YLE, the broadcaster behind the changes to the selection procedure has been very intrigued about the element of promoting vocal talent, whether solo, a duet or a group and in any genre deemed accessible by the internal jury, people from the music industry with years of experience. They take the role of mentors and evolve the demos to entries which could go onto represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest, with the hope of receiving success. There has been a lot of positive acclaim for this years' process and some entries are thought to be strong contenders as they head onto the neighbouring country of Sweden, next May. The official website of the Eurovision Song Contest will be offering live streaming of the show live as it commences at 20:00 CET.

After a relatively strange opening act the artists are introduced on stage and they walk on the catwalk one by one. The hosts come on and welcome all the visitors watching tonight's grand final. Both of the hosts are in black attire which look rather classy and one should expect a great show tonight from the Finns. The hosts introduce and speak to the jury of the night who will decide tonight's winner with the public at home - earlier in the week it was announced that in case of a tie the public vote will be the decisive vote. 

Running Order

Lost - Arion 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU_AJ-7C2Sc

We start of proceeding with a strong rock song from the band Arion. It is something which will surely go down with the Finns and I believe that this song will have also a strong appeal to the European audience. The band give a strong vocal rendition and I wouldn't be surprised if the country goes for this. All the members seem to have had a blast performing and this is surely one to watch out for tonight - after all Finland is known to be the country of Rock. 

He's Not My Man - Elina Orkoneva

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h19qSIHnsDE

The singer is accompanied on stage by six band members, oops that is one more than the stipulated number that the EBU allows. She is in a long red glittery dress which suits her cabaret number. I think it is a good effort and a strong entry but possibly not strong enough to leave the desired effect at the Eurovision Song Contest. She gives a very strong vocal rendition, the song is good fun and the singer seems to have enjoyed it too. 

Dancing All Around the Universe - Lucy Was Driving

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JlREbowQmU

Another band with a mature pop rock entry this time round. I like the importance on the lyrics and how the music compliments this. It has a great arena feel which I am sure will go down well at the Eurovision Song Contest with the audience clapping along to the strong beat of this entry. It is performed to perfection and the audience seemed to have loved this. Quite a strange band name but overall it is another great entry.

Marry Me - Krista Siegfrids

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf-REhhzbUc

Cheesy pop is in the mix and althouth it is cheesy, it damn catchy and I am sure Katy Perry would have accepted this song in a heartbeat. Too many people on stage though and if this had to win the performance itself will suffer drastically as there are around eleven people on stage . The song is catchy and although the vocals are not perfect, they are still good. She performs in a wedding dress and the audience go crazy for this one. This is tonight's dark horse.

Saturday Night Forever - Last Panda

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-046JP9eAc

Another pop rock entry from the band Last Panda.  Not so keen n the vocals but the song is another catchy one and you can easily clap and nod along to its beat. Not sure on the popularity of these bands but their votes might be split considering all of the songs are strong. Pyros on the performers' hats, hmmmm quite an interesting trick. Seems to remind me a bit of Summer of 69 though. Still another strong entry. 

We Should Be Through - Mikael Saari

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epLRfjTk3hU

No words can really express how great this song is - it is simply a master piece. The music is simply excellent, the voice blends in perfectly and his strong rendition make this entry magical. The competition is great but this entry is even greater. Something that will go down really well if this is chosen to represent the country. One would expect it to score as well as Suus and Kuula, if not even better. It has to be my personal favourite by far and if it wins will surely top my list for a very long time.

Flags - Great Wide North

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84mjDDy0siM

A rockish hairstyle and a weird suit. The song genre falls under rock but I must admit it is not as strong in comparison to all the previous entries we have heard. The vocals are good though and the audience gave them a good applause too, but not as big as the previous one. Quite a middle of the road song and I don't see this doing well tonight and probably won't do well at the Eurovision too if chosen even though the title is a strong one for such a competition. 

Colliding Into You - Diandra

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtrzTv0I-T8

A strong favourite for tonight and I can understand why. It is a very strong entry which is very current and will not only do well at the Eurovision Song Contest but can easily be successful in the charts across Europe. The singer performs it with ease and the live backing aid in the performance of the entry. I am not sure on the dancers because sometimes they look like a distractions but this along with Mikaelis should fight for victory tonight. Another great one.

The Show - Part Two

After the weird opening act, we desperately needed a weird interval act. I can't really get what is going on now on stage with an Egyptian themed routine. Thank God the competition was magnificent because the only good thing about this interval act is probably the half naked men. Oh well, that normally goes down well with the Eurovision audience so probably they just wanted to attract as much viewers as possible. This must be the craziest result ever. The jury just voted and the results are super tight with three songs in the lead. These are 'Marry Me', 'We Should Be Through' and 'Flags'. The others follow closely and the result is going to depend on who the public want to see carrying the Finnish flag.Finally something decent for an interval act a we get a number of female vocalists singing popular songs in relation to Sweden - these include last year's Eurovision winner and some ABBA hits amongst others. 

The top three songs are shortlisted before the final result is announced. The three songs are: 'Colliding Into You', 'We Should Be Through' and 'Marry Me'. 'Colliding Into You' is the first song out of the competition and after some tense music the winner is announced! Finland has chosen 'MARRY ME' for Malmo with 'We Should Be Through' sadly in second place. A good cheesy pop song that should do well at the Eurovision Song Contest. She was the third favourite for victory but she managed to surpass her competitors Diandra and Mikael to take away the crown. Great final from the Finns with a good winner, well with a selection this strong they couldn't really go wrong.

Saturday, 09 February 2013 05:10

Finland: UMK 2013 Takes Place This Evening

YLE, the national broadcaster responsible for the participation of Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest reinvented their selection process last year with the hope of promoting brand new talent on an international stage and whilst their efforts were well noted, they came up short of qualification with När jag blundar performed by Pernilla Karlsson finishing in twelfth place. This time round, there has been more effort put into the whole spectacle and some of the songs are being touted as contenders at the actual competition. The final will be taking this evening through YLE 1.

The official website of the Eurovision Song Contest will be offering live streaming of the show live as it commences at 20:00 CET and people are noting that it could prove to be quite the evening as another track competing in the first half of the second semi-final alongside Malta is decided. Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu started at the end of the summer months when the broadcaster had announced that it was receiving entries for the selection process and by the end of the submission date, they had received over 470 demos in total, which was a clear increase from the amount received in the previous year. Ultimately, twelve (12) entries were competing to reach the final stages and this evenings' final, will be featuring eight (8) in total.

  1. Lost - Arion 
  2. He's Not My Man - Elina Orkoneva
  3. Dancing All Around the Universe - Lucy Was Driving
  4. Marry Me - Krista Siegfrids
  5. Saturday Night Forever - Last Panda
  6. We Should Be Through - Mikael Saari
  7. Flags - Great Wide North
  8. Colliding Into You - Diandra
There is a great feeling surrounding this years' Finnish selection and this is mostly because, one has to denote that the expectations were remotely low but now, they are presenting a suitable line-up which could see them success in Sweden. The final will will be covered LIVE on escflashmalta.com by Emil Calleja Bayliss, our Head of Press who is very much looking forward to hearing the final versions of the tracks as performed in a large arena. As previously mentioned, the chosen track will be competing alongside Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and penned by Dean Muscat with the performer being none other than Gianluca Bezzina.
 
Source: YLE, Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRC5NzxmrAA
Thursday, 24 January 2013 18:56

Finland: Arion and Krista Head to the Final

YLE, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest has somewhat taken part for a relatively long time without achieving success but all this changed in 2006 when the group Lordi emerged as the victors with the track Hard Rock Halleluljah. Since then, qualification has almost been assured every year but it seems that luck is not on their side when taking up the past three editions in which the nation has failed to qualify on two occasions including last year when they were represented by Pernilla Karlsson and her track När Jag Blundar. This year, the selection process has been praised by several critics and the song quality in the first heat last week was definitely well received seeing to the qualification of We Could Be True by Mikael and Colliding Into You by Diandra.

This evening, another six entries will be presented, out of which two will qualify directly into the final stage of the competition. The venue chosen is The Circus Nighclub in Helsinki and the result will be decided like last week in a combination of tele-voting and jury voting. The panel of judges on the other hand is made up of Toni Wirtanen, Redrama, Aija Puurtinen and Tomi Saarinen. The male and female duo who are taking care of the preselection process are none other than  Ile Uusivuori and Anne Lainto. The official website of the Eurovision Song Contest will be offering a webcasr of the show as it did last week and this could be accessed through this link. In the meantime, you could denote which entries will be performed this evening through the running order published below. It should be an intriguing set of entries once more.

Atlético Kumpula - Paperilyhty

Atletico Kumpula  presents the song paper lantern. We see six men on stage. They give us a quite traditional song. It reminded me of naplitan style of music. At the begininng the singer just talks to the audience. As a stage presence they give us a traditional view of a band. Actually; there is nothing new in this song; and personally i think that is not a good choice for eurovision. However; it is a sweet song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YC0682n216E

Krista Siegfrids – Marry Me 

Krista presents the song marry me. The singer wears a wedding dress. Three men are wearing as grooms and are dancing together with the singer doing quite a good choreography together with the wedding flowers. Quite an original and different song. It may do well at the Eurovision Song Contest, which is being held in the Swedish city of Malmo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAdXcZFh4YE

Lucy Was Driving – Dancing All Around The Universe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JlREbowQmU

The band lucy was driving gives us a rock song. The colour used on stage is black. As a set on stage there is a typical band performance. The song reminds me of coldplay style of music. It is a song that is easily forgotten. A good performance.

Arion – Lost

arion gives us a rock song. Omce this song starts, it reminds me of the song fight of natalia barbu for Moldova back in time. Although I noticed this similarity; it is a good rock song. An amazing performance with a very good stage presence. A good contender. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU_AJ-7C2Sc

Elina Orkoneva – He’s Not My Man 

Elena is wearing a cream glittery dress. She is accompanied with 2 backing vocals that are clapping with the song. There is a drummer and  2 guitarists. As a chaerography the singer and the backing vocalists do the same moves in certain parts of the song. A confident performance and a very different song. A great applaus from the audience.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h19qSIHnsDE

Great Wide North – Flags

Great Wide North is another band. This song reminds me a bit of the olsen brothers that won the eurovision in Stockolm for Denmark back in 2000. Three guitarist together with the lead singer and a drummer at the back. It is a pleasent song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84mjDDy0siM

The Show (Part 2)

Well, the hosts are back on stage and explaining that tele-voting, accountable to 50% of the final result this evening is open and thus a recap is shown reminding the people of the performances witnessed this evening. The level was quite good and Finland might be in for a really good result. Hope that you are also following us on Twitter (@escflashmalta) as our Editor-In-Chief comments on the songs there as well. Interviews with the artists backstage are currently ongoing and one has to look this informal feeling to a selection, making it warmer in terms of production. The jury votes have been announced and Arion was somewhat the clear winner but nevertheless, in second place comes Great Wide North leaving Krista in third place. This should be interesting! WHOA! Surprising result as Krista is the first through to the final with her entry Marry Me followed by none other than Arion with the track Lost. The remaining performers competing for the final slots will take part in a second chance show coined as a semi-final next week.

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