FINNISH FANS URGE FOR SUPPORT
HELSINKI, FINLAND – The head of the Finnish Eurovision Club has predicted that Finland’s song contest hopeful “Something Better” will stand out from other entries to place in the finals in May. The Finnish outfit Softengine will be heading off to the competition buoyed up by a loyal — and optimistic — support group. Ever since monster rock group Lordi won the Eurovision song contest with an explosive performance back in 2006, Finnish Eurovision fans have been hoping to repeat the trick.
Last year hopes ran high when Krista Siegfrids reached the competition finals in Stockholm, Sweden, but were dashed when fellow-Europeans cold-shouldered the controversial performance of “Marry Me”, which climaxed with a girl-on-girl kiss. Voters gave Siegfrids a stingy 13 points, relegating her — and Finland — to 24th place.
And now it’s that time of the year again, when Eurovision fever starts to take over normally level-headed and restrained Finns. The Eurovision club fronted by chair Jouni Pihkakorpi has already organised a preview event and begun to take bets on who will emerge victorious in this year’s competition. “The fever starts rising when countries begin choosing their representatives,” Pihkakorpi smiled.
This year Finland’s diehard Eurovision fans will be pinning their hopes on the eighties throwback sound of the group Softengine, singing their melodic ditty “Something Better”. Pihkakorpi said he believes great things are ahead for the ensemble. “It’s a fact that we will see Softengine in the finals in Saturday May 10. We don’t even have to discuss it. But whether or not we’ll win – that’s another question,” Pihkakorpi declared. “The song is good and it’s being performed by a group of young professionals. In terms of style it also stands out from other songs in the semi final in positive way,” the chief cheerleader added. Come May active members of the Finnish Eurovision Fan Club will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark to follow the show. “About 100 people have purchased their tickets through us, so a large crowd will be there,” Pihkakorpi explained. Last year fans cheered for the Finnish entry “Marry Me” by dressing in wedding outfits. A similar sartorial show of support has been planned this year. “This year we may be wearing blazers and leather jackets, so we’ll look a bit more rock than last year,” Pihkakorpi quipped.