LIVE: FINLAND DECIDES 2014
ESPOO, FINLAND – HYVÄÄ ILTAA ESPOOSTA ! GOOD EVENING FROM ESPOO! We’ll soon know the 48th Finnish entry to go to Eurovision. Tonight YLE is holding the final of the 2014 edition of “Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu” (New music contest), live from the Barona Areena in Espoo, in front of 8,000 spectators! After two heats and a semi-final, 8 artists and songs remain in the race to have the honour of waving Finland’s flag in Copenhagen (out of the 12 initial contenders). The show is once again hosted by 2 famous YleX radio DJ’s, Anne Lainto and Ile Uusivuori.
The outcome of the final will be decided by a 50/50 combination of jury votes and public televotes. The jury remains the same as in previous heats and is composed of 4 professionals: Tomi Saarinen, head of YLE radio channel YleX, Aija Puurtinen, singer and music professor, Toni Wirtanen, leader of heavy metal band Apulanta, Redrama, rapper.
HOW TO WATCH
20:30 CET FINLAND DECIDES 2014 UMK FINAL
YLE 2 (regional) Watch The Show Online (international) Watch The Show Online (eurovision.tv)
In the great Scandinavian tradition of national selection shows, UMK 2014 final is hosted in a huge crowded venue and the stage looks very good. The show is opened by UMK 2013’s winner, Krista Siegfrieds. She performs in a short film entitled “Catch That Siegfrieds B****”. Jury members are also part of the cast.
In her famous wedding dress, she’s trying to make her way to Espoo to attend the show. She eventually appears on stage to perform a new song, and then she introduces tonight contestants. Some of them are highly acclaimed but the audience. Krista eventually sings her song “Marry me” that took her to Malmö final last year.
The hosts do the traditional job introducing the jury and explaining the rules. Remember that public televote has started last Monday. And now the competition can start!
Softengine – Something Better
The winners of the first heat open the contest. A well performed, flawless, effective pop act, with a sweet British flavour. The audience does like this song. Great staging with pyrotechnic effects. This definitely is a strong contender to get the trophy tonight! As after each performance tonight, jury members give their opinions about the performance. No need to speak Finnish to understand the reactions are positive.
Hanna Sky – Hope
She won the second heat and went directly to UMK final. “Hope” is a folk-pop song, a real anthem. The act has nothing special, and we keep waiting for a key change as it’s a bit boring to be honest, though well performed. Great applause from the audience. No idea of was the jurors are saying, but the public clearly disagrees…
MIAU – God / Drug
The USO (unidentified sung object) of the night. Every national final has to have one! God/Drug is an electro song that could come straight from the 80’s. Everything’s weird here: the performance, the staging, the name of the band, the title of the song, the outfits, the entry itself, but the audience love them. Not sure though they would get that much applause in Copenhagen in May. Surprisingly, the jury is rather positive with the girls.
Lauri Mikkola – Going Down
And now let’s go back to some real music. Lauri’s song is a melodic pop-ballad. The voice is great and the entry is nice. But I’m afraid “Going Down” is monotonous and only stands out because it’s performed right after MIAU. Once again, great reactions in the arena.
Madcraft – Shining Bright
Do you remember Anonymous, the 2007 Andorran entrants? Well, here are their Finnish cousins. It’s fresh, it’s lively and it’s young. “Shining Bright” is a rather good teen-rock act that could come straight from a Hannah Montana episode. The boys give a powerful performance with the help of fireworks and a skate boarder on stage. Good reactions in the audience and the band seems pleased with the jury’s comments.
Mikko Pohjola – Sängyn Reunalla
First entry of the night to be performed in Finnish. This classy ballad has been seen as UMK 2014’s dark horse. That’s an emotional performance (mainly broadcast in black and white).Unlike “Going Down”, this ballad is growing in intensity and Mikko definitely has charisma. No need to say the audience goes for it, and so does the jury.
Clarissa feat. Josh Standing – Top Of The World
Clarissa is the Finnish part of this international act. “On Top Of The World” reminds me of Cascada’s “Glorious”. A dance act that is a bid repetitive and is fighting to involve the audience. It is well performed though but a bit messy. The arena likes it but not as much as we could expect. Even the jury is not that positive.
Hukka Ja Mama – Selja
Tonight’s last act definitely the most Finnish entry of them all. The love of Finns for country-folk music is no secret. Nice vocal performance and original staging (only Paul Oskar has put a couch on Eurovision stage before). I have to admit the song grows on me even though I didn’t like it in the first heat. It’s something different, for sure, but nicely different. Not sure though it would work on an international audience. Huge reaction from the arena and the jury.
And now we have a recap of the 8 entries. In my opinion, we have three serious contenders, Softengine, Mikko Pohjola and Hukka ja Mama, but as I’m not Finnish, I guess the outcome could be a total surprise. The interval act is performed by jury member and rapper Redrama.
RESULTS: 50% JURY – 50% PUBLIC
38pts (Jury) ??pts (Public) Softengine – Something Better
19pts (Jury) ??pts (Public) Hanna Sky – Hope
32pts (Jury) ??pts (Public) MIAU – God/Drug
23pts (Jury) ??pts (Public) Lauri Mikkola – Going Down
13pts (Jury) ??pts (Public) Madcraft – Shining Bright
35pts (Jury) ??pts (Public) Mikko Pohjola – Sängyn Reunalla
20pts (Jury) ??pts (Public) Clarissa feat. Josh Standing – Top Of The World
28pts (Jury) ??pts (public) Hukka ja Mama – Selja