Finland: Liveblog of the third semi-final of UMK

This evening, the third and final heat of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu continues in Finland with another six contestants competing for three finalist spots. So far, there have been six qualifiers, and tonight’s winners will complete the lineup for next weekend’s national final.

Two weeks ago, it was all women who advanced from the first semi-final – Einin, Stella Christine, and the returning Saara Aalto. And joining them from last weekend are returning fan-favorite Mikael Saari, Anica Milán & Kimmo Blom, and Cristal Snow.

The show kicks off at 20:00 CET and the live stream can be found here.

The lineup looks like this:

  1. Lieminen – Pehmeiden Arvojen Vaalijat
  2. Tuuli OkkonenDon’t Wake Me Up
  3. Gušani Brothers – Poom Poom
  4. Barbe-Q-BarbiesLet Me Out
  5. Pietarin Spektaakkeli – Liian Kuuma
  6. SandhjaSing it Away

 Note: the most recent commentary will appear at the top!

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21:11 – That’s a wrap

Kiitos for following our blog tonight, and stay tuned same time next weekend for the national final!

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21:08 – Results time!

The first qualifier is: Barbe-Q-Barbies

Followed by: Tuuli Okkosta

And: Sandjah

They will now join the other 6 qualifiers from the previous two semi-finals.

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21:03 – Interval act: Chisu

A platinum blond girl in a white leather jumpsuit – or, one of the most famous pop-stars in Finland – commands her dancers about the stage, while she performs a mashup of two songs. In the second, a men’s choir appears at the back, creating an ethereal atmosphere.

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20:53 – “We are Finland, you are not”

The end of a short (speedy!) video that seems to document the history of Eurovision as well as Finland finishes with the phrase “We are Finland, you are not”

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20:50 – Recap

A reel of tonight’s entries along with their phone numbers – which can also be found at the side of the live stream.

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20:42 – SandhjaSing it Away

“Time for some girl power,” they say. Sandjah struts against an orangey horizon line in a tribal print outfit. Her vocals are no doubt the most vaulting and ‘big’ tonight. Sing it Away could be described as a power-pop ballad of sorts. A lot of energy is created in the music and movement across the stage, everyone meeting in the center at the end of the performance. As the last one in the lineup tonight, Sandjah finishes it off strong.

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Our hosts shout out to the international viewers, “Thank you for watching us and blogging about us”!

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20:38 – Pietarin SpektaakkeliLiian Kuuma

“And back to the ’50s” we go! From this group guys comes a light swing number that means “too hot” – which they translate to a humble looking but shaky man (the lead singer) in a brown suit surrounded by three pinup-styled dancers. Their subtle retro vibe is quite catchy and unique compared to the rest of the competition – not to mention, one of the only songs sung in Finnish.

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20:30 – Barbe-Q-BarbiesLet Me Out

Another strong presentation! This five-piece of rocker chicks are a tad bit older than their competition, but they may just rock harder. The vocals are solid and rugged and the two electric guitar solos show off the group’s talent. Thinking back to Lordi, we know how the Fins like to rock. Do Barbe-Q-Barbies, decked in studded black leather, have what it takes?

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20:22 – Gušani BrothersPoom Poom

This entry makes several impressions at once. First, the presentation begins more like a music video, making it stand apart. But then, all at once, the scaffolding structure surrounding the DJ reminds strongly of the Moldovan entry in Vienna; the lead-brother resembles the laidback style of Andras Kallay-Saunders from Hungary; and the song itself sounds like it could be a Swedish club number.

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20:14 – Tuuli OkkonenDon’t Wake Me Up

Dressed all in white in the music video,  Tuuli is now in darker shades of black and blue. Gradually the backdrop goes from a stormy looking sky with rain to bright white lights that illuminate her from behind, to finish off with golden sparks that fall along the back of the stage. Adding to the nice visual narrative, Tuuli’s voice is clear and almost flawless, hitting all the right notes.

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20:07 – LieminenPehmeiden Arvojen Vaalijat

Lieminen begins the performances with a retro video game vibe, accompanied by 9 figures dressed all in black with futuristic helmets. And so looks the setting with a futuristic, metallic backdrop and electronic sound. The song is quite mellow with no arching climax, threatening it’s memorability, but it is performed well.

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20:00 – Welcome to the show!

It’s the last semi-final show in Finland tonight, where we will find out the remaining three qualifiers for the national final next Saturday.

To kick off the show, our hosts this evening explain the voting process and running order.