Finland will hold their national final tonight, where Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu will wrap up by selecting Finland’s Eurovision entrant. A total of six acts have made it through all the selection rounds and one will go on to represent the nation at Eurovision 2012, to be held in Baku.
The show begins at 20:00CET and is live on YLE TV2 plus YLE HD. As usual, a webcast will be provided here!
– Iconcrash – We are the night
– Kaisa Vala – Habits of human beings
– Mica Ikonen – Antaa mennä
– Pernilla Karlsson – När jag blundar
– Stig – Laululeija
– Ville Eetvartti – Lasikaupunki
The show has just started with a great opening act, a typical Finnish rock band with an energetic start to this night. Not in Lordi style by the way, more comparable to The Rasmus or Sunrise Avenue. The singer looks a little like the guy from The Rasmus, too. Let’s hope for a lot of true music in the real acts as well!
The female host gives also a warm welcome in English language, for all those people watching from abroad. Thanks a lot! These are probably the last words tonight I can understand, except of course for the two songs that will be sung in English.
Song nr. 1: Iconcrash – We are the night
Electrorock in this first act of this evening. A song with a lot of live potential, but sadly enough the singer of Iconcrash can’t really make himself count above the music. The refrain is rather repetitive, and even though usually this type of music brings an alternative twist to Eurovision, I doubt the vocals have enough quality to reach that far.
Song nr. 2: Pernilla Karlsson – När jag blundar
The act of this second performance has been thought through. While on the main stage Pernilla is singing her small ballad, up front on the catwalk a similar looking woman wearing the same dress is dancing a modern ballet dance. A nice effect, especially because it seems Pernilla is reflected in a dancing mirror. Her ballad is not that special, but not bad either, and at least she sings it quite well!
Song nr. 3: Mica Ikonen – Antaa mennä
It’s difficult not to get carried away by the last name of Mica Ikonen- I’m jealous of that guy! His easy listening pop song reminds the close listener of Robbie Williams’ song Angels. In the second minute of the show, Mica searches for some contact. Not with the audience, but with his beautiful backing vocalists! Still even Mica’s viking name and fancy mohawk can’t hide the fact that he too has problems with his voice.
Song nr. 4: Kaisa Vala – Habits of human beings
Among all the artists we have seen so far, Kaisa is probably the most comfortable presenting herself on a big stage. She’s looking calm, singing clean & clear, and moving confident on the catwalk. Her song is quite strange, actually: the verses have a small sense of poprock, but when you expect things to go wild in the refrain, it breaks down instead into a dreamy kind of song. If those parts can be compared to anything, I’d say Bosnia 2008 (Laka).
Song nr. 5: Stig – Laululeija
Gather around the campfire for the folky tunes of Stig! The producing team around this band thought the stage presentation through quite well- the background images and staging really sets the atmosphere, but the crowd just doesn’t seem to get into the whistling performance. Probably that has something to do with the inexplicable balaclava’s the guys are wearing?
Song nr. 6: Ville Eetvartti – Lasikaupunki
Great way to finish this Finnish evening: with a feel good rock song. Lasikaupunki reminds the listeners of U2’s Beautiful day, with a long high note in the refrain. Whether you like rock music or not, everybody just has to feel happy after listening to a song like this. If it could draw the last position in the Eurovision semi final as well, it’s definitely a qualifier.
The Finnish interval act: Anna Abreu, singing her song Stereo in an enormous Linda Wagenmakers-dress, which opens up for a group of people to come from underneath it and dance along with Anna. Cute!
After hearing fragments of all songs right after each other, it becomes clear that this should be a battle between Kaisa Vala and Ville Eetvartti. But if Finland would send one of the guys, really the winner needs to work on their vocal qualities! As for tonight, only some of the girls scored an ‘sufficient’ for vocals. The Finnish people can now televote, and three songs will qualify for the second round.
Pernilla Karlsson – När jag blundar
Stig – Laululeija
Ville Eetvartti – Lasikaupunki
These three songs qualified for the second round! The acts will now perform again, and then the winner will be chosen. Please wait for the results, which will of course be published on this website the minute the winner is announced!