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Thursday, 17 January 2013 18:15

Finland: First Two Finalists Chosen

YLE, the host broadcaster of the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2007 is eager to succeed at the internationally renowned competition following the victory of neighbouring country, Sweden and it seems that this years' preselection process is offering quite an intriguing amount of possible representatives who would definitely do the country proud and would most likely achieve a positive result with the right staging. This evening will mark the official beginning of the live shows noting that six (6) artists will be performing their respective entries live to the public, this time within the new versions that they have presented following consultation with the jury over their demos. Two entries will be going directly to the final whilst another three songs will get the opportunity to qualify to the same show within another show which is set to take place in a couple of weeks time. Marcella Busuttil will be on hand to cover each show on Thursday evenings' as we unravel the participation of Finland in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

The jury who have also served as consultants are renowned experts in the music industry and include Toni Wirtanen, Redrama, Aija Puurinen and Tomi Saarinen. The hosts for the whole selection process will be Ile Uusivuori and Anne Lainto. The Finnish broadcaster is offering a live webcast through their official website which you could access here, whilst the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest is also offering a steam of the show through this link. Two of the main contenders, regarded as the best hope for Finland in this years' Eurovision Song Contest will be competing in this heat and therefore, it is going to be remotely difficult to get through this evening considering their strength in terms of entries and fan bases. The show is set to being at 20:00 CET but there will be a behind the scenes sort of format added to the show which thus makes it commence at around 19:40 CET. Marcella Busuttil from the editorial board of escflashmalta.com will be covering the show LIVE.

Participants

 01. Iina Salin - Last night

Lina Salin wears a gold dress that matches well with her blonde hair. she is accompanied with three (3) men; completing a band. As a performance is quite strong and I see this on the Eurovision stage.

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

02. Last Panda - Saturday night forever

Now it' time for a rock song. last panda uses a blue background on stage. the lead singer is playing the guitar, and reminds me of Roman Lob of Germany 2012. He is wearing a red cap. They give quite a good performance and a good response from the audience.

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

03. Mikael Saari - We should be through

Mikael Saari sings a ballad  The stage colour is blue. He is wearing a brownish suite. He is accompanied with a pianist and 3 violinists. This song is very well produced and the piano has the most important role in this song. An amazing performance that leaves you speechless. An amazing song.

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

04. Ilari Hämäläinen -  Sytytä mut vaan

Ilari gives us another rock song. The first one in Finnish. The stage is red. Three of the members of the band have long hair. quite a heavy rock song. I am not sure if this will do well at the Eurovision Song Contest.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdgVW90NsgI

05. Rautakoura - Ilmalaivalla

Pekka Pysalo gives us an old style of song but still nice. four men are set at the front of the stage; one plays the guitar; a smaller guitar; a drum and viola. The sound of this song is quite interesting and this song is another amazing one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxHKcoeLP3U

06. Diandra - Colliding into you

Diandra is wearing a black suite with gold sleeves. she is accompanied with 2 dancers. The background of the stage is blue. She reminded me of Rihanna; in the way she presented the song. As a performance she had strong vocals. A good song.

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

The Show (Part 2)

The entries have all been presented this evening and therefore, it is time to await the results. The hosts are seeming bringing the first part of this show to an end as they introduce a recap of the respective entries. All of the artists are currently being interviewed in the greenroom as they await to know their faith. Following the votes of the juries which left Mikael and Diandra in the first two positions, we have a special guest in the form of Ansi Kela. The tele-voting results should be rather interesting. It has just been announced that We Should Be Through by Mikael Saari is through to the final alongside Colliding Into You performed by Diandra. In the meantime, Ilari Hämäläinen head out of the competition completely.

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 17:15

Finland: Twelve Entries Presented in Full

Finland are one of the longest competing nations in the Eurovision Song Contest and they eventually let Portugal take the crown of the longest participating country without a victory following their sensation triumph at the 2006 event with Hard Rock Halleluljah performed by Lordi. Their results in the meantime have improved but in two of the past three years, including in 2012, they failed to make an impact on the semi-final and their entry entitled Nar Jag Blundar performed by Pernilla Karlsson did not qualify, finishing in twelfth place. YLE nevertheless decided to build upon their national selection format and that is the reason why the competition coined as Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu is returning for the second consecutive year despite the shortcomings. The full tracks for the competition were officially released today, on New Year's Day as 2013 officially kicks off.

It is quite interesting to note that the final versions of the songs that will be vying to represent Finland at the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be worked upon by producer Jukka Immonen who will also be a co-writer at the event noting that one of his older tracks known as Love Kills will be representing Belgium. The twelve songs which will be performed in two hears are written by a mixture of local and foreign songwriters including the successful Sharon Vaughn who is an escflashmalta.com contributor and has worked with Delta Goodrem, Jedward, Agnes, Sara Evans, Kenny Rogers, Reba McEntire, September, Charlotte Perelli, Joe McElderry, and Brian Kennedy amongst others. Below you could see the way that they have been drawn into heats and clicking onto the song-title will lead to the audio file of each respective entry. Two Acts from each heat will qualify to the final direct whilst another four acts will then be chosen from the songs that are left in the competition and who will ultimately compete in a semi-final. 

Heat 1: 17 January 2013

Diandra - Colliding into you (Patrick Sarin, Leri Leskinen, Sharon Vaughn, Janne Oinas, Leri Leskinen)

Iina Salin - Last night (Iina Salin, Tommi Gröhn)

Ilari Hämäläinen - Sytytä mut vaan (Just light me up) (Ilari Hämäläinen)

Last Panda - Saturday night forever (Henry Tikkanen, Aapo Immonen, Last Panda)

Mikael Saari - We should be through (Mikael Saari, Kai Poutanen, Tuomas Vertanen)

Rautakoura - Ilmalaivalla (On an airship) (Lauri Häme, Rautakoura)


Heat 2: 24 January 2013

Atlético Kumpula - Paperilyhty (Paper lantern)(Kyösti Salokorpi, Atlético Kumpula)

Arion - Lost in the woods (Iivo Kaipainen)

Elina Orkoneva  - He’s not my man (Orkoneva, Arlin, Hasan, Jämsä, Lähteenkorva, Mäntylä)

Great Wide North - Flags (Kaj Kiviniemi, Mika Kiviniemi, Great Wide North)

Krista Siegfrids - Marry me (Krista Siegfrids, Erik Nyholm, Kristofer Karlsson, Jessika Lundström)

Lucy Was Driving - Dancing all around the universe (Lucy Was Driving, Otso Koskelo)

Source: YLE