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Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via and on Digital Cable 781 & Cable 8.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

Radio International has built a name for itself throughout the years by bringing about exclusive video and audio interviews with some of the most notable names to have either participated in the Eurovision Song Contest or even in national selections preceding the continental event. In this week's episode, the team will be chatting to Donatan & Cleo who oversaw Poland first qualification since 2008, and best result since 2003; Teo who managed the fourth qualification for Belarus since the introduction of the semi-final system; Softengine who on behalf of Finland achieved the best result for the country since their 2006 victory and last but not least; Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

As the curtain on the 2014 season of the Eurovision Song Contest is brought down, David Mann will continue to look at cover versions from the event whilst the latest news from escXtra and will be read out. In the meantime, former representatives of the Eurovision Song Contest are always looking for ways to please their fans and thus new music is being recorded and published throughout the year. Radio International will be playing the most recent singles as sent in by several record labels. We urge you to tune into Radio International this evening at 20:00 CET in order to request your favourite entry from the Eurovision Song Contest and listen to the special features.

Source: Press Release

Saturday, 01 February 2014 18:45

Finland: Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) - LIVE

Espoo, a small town in the Scandinavian country of Finland will be hosting the final of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) with eight (8) entries in contention to keep the strong tradition that the international music competition has upheld for the nation in recent years. The national selection was divulged back in 2012 with Pernilla Karlsson winning with the track När Jag Blundar written by her brother and dedicated to their mother, and evolved with Krista Siegfrids and her entry Marry Me which made headlines for a risquè stage performance.

Barona Arena will be playing host to this magnificient event, with Anne Lainto and IIe Uusivuori being the hosts to take you through most of the evening. As has been the case in recent years, the final result will be decided by a mixture of jury and public voting, the latter having had the opportunity to cast their vote since last Monday. The professional judges forming part of the panel this evening are none other than Aija Puurtinen, Redrama, Tomi Saarinen and Toni Wirtanen. Krista Siegfrids, representative of Finland in 2013 will be amongst the special guests. You may follow the LIVE stream for this national final through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The Show (Part 1)

Krista seems to be singing one of her hit songs, she seems like she is still wearing the bridal dress she wore at the Eurovision Song Contest and judging by its colour, it seems she hasn’t even removed it since May. She is joined on stage by three female dancers in yellow dresses and all of a sudden a group of male dancers come to ‘Marry Me’ and the song plays in the background as the finalists of this year’s show are introduced one by one on stage. The fun continues and Krista changes her outfit and bursts singing what she declares as the most beautiful song in the world. Guess what is it? Yeah….. You’re there. It is Marry Me . Surprised much? The judges are introduced and the voting numbers are now on screen and off we go.

Softengine - Something Better (Topi Latukka, Henri Oskár)

A great show opener tonight and if this is anything to go by we should expect a great show. A great soft pop rock number which gets you moving – the five piece male band do a great job at delivering the song and the added pyrotechnics give the performance a great touch. Unfortunately, towards the very end of the song the emotions get the better of the singer as he sounds a bit shouty but it shouldn’t stop them from doing well. Surely a favourite to win tonight’s show.

Hanna Sky - Hope (Hanna Sky)

An interesting song which you’ll either love or hate – it does have a great feel but some might think that the subject is a bit cheesy. It does have a feel of an R&B hit though. The vocals of the singer get better as the song goes on. The backing singers do a good job and the amazingly flexible dancer seems to show the free spirit element of the song. Not entirely sure on this number though – something is not working for me unfortunately but a good effort nonetheless.

MIAU - God/Drug (Anu Kaukola, Henna Juvonen)

An electro pop rock number with a very strong performance – the outfits are crazy but they work with the song and the staging is interesting too. The band seems to be enjoying themselves performing and their performance comes across as strong. Something very typical from Finland but they know how do it best when it comes to a good rock number. Strange but I like this one too – something bizarre in it but it works.

Lauri Mikkola - Going Down (Lauri Mikkola)

Another good number but I don’t think the song is memorable enough to do so well tonight. The singer’s red suit is surely something you can’t forget though. He is accompanied on stage by a band and two backing singers who harmonize throughout the song. Vocally, the song is possibly the strongest yet and the singer’s good looks will surely get him some extra votes but I don’t think it is a strong song, good effort still.

Madcraft - Shining Bright (Tom Nuorivaara, Juho Rinne, Jesse Mäläskä, Otto Uotila)

Madcraft seem mad! Their school boy images with some crazy outfits on stage and street like graphics give the song an authentic feel. Unfortunately it seems that the music is a bit too high in comparison to the voice. Yet the band give a very energetic performance of their alternative rock number with pyrotechnics and some bikers doing stunts on stage which send the audience into frenzy. They might have a chance I think considering that the energy transmitted on stage.

Mikko Pohjola - Sängyn Reunalla (Mikko Pohjola)

A simple effective ballad enhanced entirely by the visuals on stage. The black and white element works perfectly on stage and the colour comes in just in time when the pace of the song picks up. I doubt this is a winner tonight but considering how different it is to all the other songs in the selection it has a chance in doing well. It’s a kind of song that if it wins it can either do very well or end towards the bottom of the table I guess as a lot of elements come into play.

Clarissa feat. Josh Standing - Top Of The World (Oxley, Neisser, Rabb, Lundell, Standing)

A dance number by a duo who seems to feel on top of the world - the graphics on stage for this number are great and the simple choreography makes you feel like standing up and dancing along with them. 

They all seem to having a party on stage and surely create a dynamic atmosphere on stage. The vocals were good throughout but overall the song seems to be missing that something special for it to stand out. The energy on stage though SCREAMS WINNER.

Hukka ja Mama - Selja (Lasse Hukka)

I can’t understand the cake on top of her head and even if it has to do with the song you just do not wear a cake hat. The folk number itself is not bad, it is easy and fun to listen to but the staging and the outfits are too bizarre and distract from the song. The audience seems to have loved it though. Oh guess, she is a popular Finnish artist and the joke doesn’t transmit beyond the country.

The Show (Part 2)

Following a recap of all of the songs performed this evening, one of our members in the professional jury takes to the stage for a special performance. The jury is now announcing the first result as we expect the TOP THREE (3) for a super-final. Following yet another guest appearance, one of the dancers gave an envelope with the all important result of the super-final it seems. The winner of the selection is;

Softengine - Something Better (Topi Latukka, Henri Oskár)

YLE, the public broadcaster in Finland, responsible for the participation in the Eurovision Song Contest has officially unveiled the names of the artists and the songs that will be hoping to represent the Scandinavian country in Copenhagen, Denmark. UMK, the current selection process, devised in 2012 has brought mixed results but ratings soared in 2013 with artists such as Mikael Saari, Krista Siegfrids and Diandra all being part of the line-up.

Prior to the final, slated for the 1st February 2014, there will be a series of televised shows from the 28th January 2013 until the 25th January 2014, every Saturday evening where the latest updates with regards to the finalists is given. For the second consecutive year, the expert panel of professional personnel will include none other than; Aija Puurtinen, Redrama, Tomi Saarinen and Toni Wirtanen whilst the hosts will be Anne Lainto and Ile Uusivuori, both renowned radio personalities who had also hosted this years' edition of the UMK.

  • Top of the World - Clarissa ft J Standing (P Oxley, D Neisser, C Rabb, A Lundell, J Standing)
  • My Little Honey Bee - Dennis Fagerström (Fagerström, Down, N Hast, Anastasiou, Poglajen)
  • Hope - Hanna Sky (Hanna Sky)
  • Selja - Hukka Ja Mama (Lasse Hukka)
  • Kertakäyttösydän - Jasmin Michaela (M Kierikki, J Michaela, J Annala, J Viksten)
  • Let Me Take You There - Lili Lambert (L Lambert, J Kaikko, L Piirainer)
  • Going Down - Lauri Mikkola (Lauri Mikkola)
  • Shining Bright - Madcraft (Tom Nuorivaara, Juho Rinne, Jesse Mäläskä, Otto Uotila)
  • Painovoima - Makea (Makea)
  • God/Drug - Miau (Anu Kaukola, Henna Juvonen)
  • Sängyn Reunalla - Mikko Pohjola (Mikko Pohjola)
  • Something Better - Softengine (Topi Latukka, Henri Oskár)

Firstly, you have the option of hearing thirty (30) second snippets of the song through the official website of the broadcaster, although be reminded that these are still demo versions and will be reworked for the live broadcast. The selection of the finalists will be based on both public and jury voting. plans to cover the Finnish selection for next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in great detail and therefore, we urge you to stay tuned for all of the latest news.

Source: YLE