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escflashmalta.com is planning a series of interviews from all across Europe with the aim being to speak to as many artists competing in national finals as possible. Thus far, we have been given access to speak to participants in Sweden and Finland and will therefore be bringing you their interviews as soon as possible. Kicking off things is none other than Lili Lambert from Finland, a newcomer to the scene who is set to compete with the song Let Me Take You There which she co-wrote with Joonas Kaikko and Lasse Piirainen.

You are quite new to the Eurovision scene especially for Eurovision fans out there, so can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m Lili Lambert, an R&B-singer from Finland. I sing for a living, so I get to do what I love every day and now I get to do what I’ve dreamed of since I was a little girl, which is to be an artist. I’ve done plenty of background vocals and bands, but now it’s time to step out with my own music, which is really exciting. UMK 2014 is the first time I’m introducing my own music as an artist. 

You had taken part in the Voice of Finland under the name Jepa with your excellent and sharp gospel voice. Do you think your experience in this show has prepared you for a bigger showcase such as Eurovision?

I do! I believe every experience makes you grow as a person and every singing performance teaches something. The Voice of Finland was a really good experience for me. I stepped out as a soloist for a bigger audience for the first time.

Can you tell us about your time and experience during the series The Voice of Finland?

It was really interesting to see how such a tv show was made. I got to know really amazing people and to sing with awesome musicians. I got really good advice from my mentor, rapper Elastinen and learned a lot. I had performed to big audiences before but performing for the cameras was totally new and it’s actually really hard. And in a show like the Voice (and Eurovision), that’s where the votes come from. I’m still learning. 

What made you decide to write a song in order to try to represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014?

I have spent about a half a year writing music with my good friend Joonas for me as an artist. I only decided about a week before the UMK’s deadline that maybe we should try and send something we had done or started. Let Me Take You There was still only a beat but after a day with Joonas and Lasse, it was pretty much demo-ready. So we sent it. UMK was a good chance to get me started as an artist if we got through... and we did! I’m so happy about that!

You have composed your entry together with the help of Joonas Kaikko, Lasse Piirainen but the lyrics are written by yourself. Do these lyrics have a story behind your eyes and how will this translate on stage during the Finnish National Final (UMK)?

We actually all composed the melody together. Joonas had an idea for a prechorus melody which he sang to my phone and Lasse helped with the hook. After I had those in my head, I went home and did the rest of the melody and lyrics. These lyrics definately have a story and it means something to me. I see the lyrics in two different stories but the feeling is the same. The whole song is about a small moment where you feel a lot and you want to shout it out loud but you’re not sure if you have the guts. I really hope I can relay the emotion to the cameras and audience when I sing it. 


Presentation is always important in every performance especially during National Final festivals since juries or televoters would need convincing before casting their vote. Have you thought on how you will present your song on stage?

I think about it all the time. My first live performance is in two weeks! I sing to the mirror and try to work with my eyes (and my high heeled shoes), but I guess in the end I just have to believe in myself and be Lili Lambert. 

Do you have any plans to release a debut album in the near future and if so can you tell us some of these plans? 

I have some songs in my pocket and I’m planning to a lot more, so I really hope that I get a good record deal in the near future and I can get them out there. 

Are you a Eurovision fan and if so can you tell us some of your favourite songs from the past editions?

I’ve always watched the Eurovision with my little sister and we always give scores and everything. It’s entertaining and I always find good songs from there. My favourite song last year was Norway’s entry (even though Krista did a great job) and 2012 I really loved the winning song, Euphoria. I sing it a lot if I do cover gigs.

Who inspires you most as a famous singer and why so?

I have many singers that inspire me. Maybe Mariah Carey comes first. She has songs that speak a lot, especially the ballads. Her technique is sick... it inspires me to keep practising and not give up. She worked as a background singer and she was “the white girl” with soul but she made it to the most successful singers in the world.

And finally … Do you have a message for the readers of escflashmalta.com?

I really hope to make it to the great Eurovision stage so that you can see my performance there, but if not, I hope you get to know my music through Spotify on January 1st, 2014. Happy New Year, it’s gonna be a great one!!

We would like to wish you the best of luck in UMK 2014.

Thank you! And thank you for the interview! Good questions!


Published in Interviews

YLE, the public broadcaster in Finland, responsible for the participation in the Eurovision Song Contest has officially unveiled the names of the artists and the songs that will be hoping to represent the Scandinavian country in Copenhagen, Denmark. UMK, the current selection process, devised in 2012 has brought mixed results but ratings soared in 2013 with artists such as Mikael Saari, Krista Siegfrids and Diandra all being part of the line-up.

Prior to the final, slated for the 1st February 2014, there will be a series of televised shows from the 28th January 2013 until the 25th January 2014, every Saturday evening where the latest updates with regards to the finalists is given. For the second consecutive year, the expert panel of professional personnel will include none other than; Aija Puurtinen, Redrama, Tomi Saarinen and Toni Wirtanen whilst the hosts will be Anne Lainto and Ile Uusivuori, both renowned radio personalities who had also hosted this years' edition of the UMK.

  • Top of the World - Clarissa ft J Standing (P Oxley, D Neisser, C Rabb, A Lundell, J Standing)
  • My Little Honey Bee - Dennis Fagerström (Fagerström, Down, N Hast, Anastasiou, Poglajen)
  • Hope - Hanna Sky (Hanna Sky)
  • Selja - Hukka Ja Mama (Lasse Hukka)
  • Kertakäyttösydän - Jasmin Michaela (M Kierikki, J Michaela, J Annala, J Viksten)
  • Let Me Take You There - Lili Lambert (L Lambert, J Kaikko, L Piirainer)
  • Going Down - Lauri Mikkola (Lauri Mikkola)
  • Shining Bright - Madcraft (Tom Nuorivaara, Juho Rinne, Jesse Mäläskä, Otto Uotila)
  • Painovoima - Makea (Makea)
  • God/Drug - Miau (Anu Kaukola, Henna Juvonen)
  • Sängyn Reunalla - Mikko Pohjola (Mikko Pohjola)
  • Something Better - Softengine (Topi Latukka, Henri Oskár)

Firstly, you have the option of hearing thirty (30) second snippets of the song through the official website of the broadcaster, although be reminded that these are still demo versions and will be reworked for the live broadcast. The selection of the finalists will be based on both public and jury voting. escflashmalta.com plans to cover the Finnish selection for next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in great detail and therefore, we urge you to stay tuned for all of the latest news.

Source: YLE