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It is fair to say that the search has commenced, with the Nordic countries looking for the best possible entries to represent them in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, set to take place in Vienna, capital city of Austria. In a three-part series, escflashmalta.com will be looking at the various selections, kicking off with Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) in Finland, and Melodi Grand Prix (MGP) in Norway.

Finland has had it’s most successful decade since they first entered the contest in 1961. Their win with Lordi in 2006 has certainly marked a positive turning point for the country. This might not equal the success of their Scandinavian neighbours, the combined score of Finland, a total of 544 points in all the finals, and only failing to make it through to that stage on two occasions, is nothing to be sniffed at for the many years when Finland battled Norway at the latter end of the table.

Semi-Final 1 (February 07)

Hans on the bass – "Loveshine"

Vilikasper Kanth – "Äänen kantamattomiin"

Norlan El Misionario – "No voy a llorar por ti"

Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät – "Aina mun pitää"

Pihka Ja Myrsky – "Sydän ei nuku"

Satin Circus – "Crossroads"

 

Semi-Final 2 (February 14)

Jouni Aslak – "Lions and lambs"

Eeverest – "Love it all away"

Otto Ivar – "Truth or dare"

Opera Skaala – "Heart of light"

Shava – "Ostarilla"

Siru – "Mustelmat"

 

Semi-Final 3 (February 21)

Aikuinen – "Kyynelten Iahti"

Ida Bois – "Kumbaya"

Järjestyshäiriö – "Särkyneiden sydänten kulmilla"

Angelo De Nile – "All for victory"

Heidi Pakarinen – "Bon voyage"

Solju – "Hold your colours"

Whilst I might not be in a position to comment on the artists in contention, it is fair to say that the songs in itself represent diversity in terms of genre, and likability, giving Finland a plethora of entries to choose from. On the other hand, the other contender for 'nul points' during the year has definitely been Norway, having achieved the feat in 1963, 1978, 1981, and 1997.

Smashing all previous Eurovision records in 2009 and winning by comfortable margins in both 1985 and 1995 you can safely say that when Norway is on form it certainly wins with style. Therefore, Norway’s combined finals score for the past ten years is 1054 second only to Sweden. Yesterday, in a Press Conference organised by NRK, the 11 finalists were made public, much to public anticipation.

Final (14th March)

Alexandra Joner - "Cinderella"

Contrazt - "Heaven"

Erlend Bratland - "Thunderstruck

Ira Konstantinidis - "We Don't Worry"

Jenny Langlo - "Next to You"

Karin Parik - "Human Beings"

Marie Klåpbakken - "Ta Meg Tilbake"

Mørland & Deborah Scarlett - "A Monster Like Me"

Raylee - "Louder"

Staysman & Lazz - "En Godt Stekt Pizza"

Tor & Bettan - "All Over the World"

In the second part of the Nordic series, escflashmalta.com will be having a look at Iceland and Denmark, as the songs are set to premiere rather earlier than usual in one instance, whilst the list of finalists will be made public in the other quite soon. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: NRK, YLE, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTMli8U17MM

Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:21

Finland: Reviewing the track 'Marry Me'

The editorial board at escflashmalta.com always has the interests of the readers at heart and for that simple reason, we have once more engaged a series of music professionals to listen to the entries competing in the Eurovision Song Contest, pass their judgement and assess them by a points system. The full result of their qualifying countries will be released on the eve of the respective semi-final. In the second semi-final, seventeen (17) countries will be in contention and in slot number five (5), the producers have decided to put none other than Finland, one of the longest competing countries. YLE, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Finland organised a national selection which saw Krista Siegfrids finish at the winner with the track Marry Me which she co-wrote alongside Erik Nyholm, Kristoffer Karlsson, Jessica Lundström.

Krista Siegfrids came to prominence following her energetic performances at the tv-show The Voice of Finland. Subsequently, the multitalented Krista has taken Finland by a storm, winning the nation’s adoration with her catchy tunes, extravagant and stylish shows and her outspoken and sunny personality. This is a woman who dares and does according to her own catch phrase more is more! Krista Siegfrids and her fabulous #TeamDingDong are representing Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest with the super catchy song Marry Me! When I was five, I was totally obsessed by Carola’s Fångad Av En Stormvind. I used to sing and perform it all the time! My favourite was the wind machine and I used the hair dryer as one!

”We have this ongoing party going on! Happiness, craziness, open-mindedness and rainbow colours! Everybody is welcome, just join #TeamDingDong! We have the best parties because we love everybody! You gotta live life to the max and be the unique great you that you are!” Krista states. Krista combines music, dancing and acting in an unique way. She has performed in musicals and cabarets as well as many gigs and shows around the Nordic countries. The show is important. I want to entertain and it is important that everybody is having fun! The bigger the better, the crazier even better! This ever-energetic sunny whirlwind and #TeamDingDong is preparing for a true blast at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0u9dsvMZKs

”This is a dream come true for me. I have been a big fan since I was five and I have followed ESC every year. It is the biggest and craziest party in the world and we will make it even bigger and crazier! #TeamDingDong will make Europe go DingDong!” Krista’s debut album is released on the 10th of May. ”The record is one big party! It’s energetic pop-rock with many party tunes. Different themes and strong tracks. Music that makes your feet and your mind move!” In 2011, Finland managed to reach the final of the Eurovision Song Contest with a third place finish but unfortunately the result was not replicated in the final and this gave the country a brand new perception, one to change the system of selection. Thus came, Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu which includes three introductory shows, three elimination shows and a grand final. 

The early favourites; Mikael Saari and Diandra finished in second and third place respectively with Krista obtaining a landslide tele-vote. Finland has been one of the longest contributors to the Eurovision Song Contest having entered the event for the very first time in 1961 and appearing a total of forty-six (46) times, forty-two (42) of them within the final. Their only victory came back in 2006 with the group Lordi and the song Hard Rock Hallelujah sweeping both the semi-final and the final respectively. Since their victory, the results have improved and the country has only failed to qualify twice, two being in the last two years including in 2012 when Pernilla Karlsson took to the stage with the track Nar Jag Blundar, finishing in twelfth place. 

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 87%

Martin Isherwood: Good strong direct title, although not sure what our more liberally minded sisters will make of the lyrics! Interesting if slightly unusual vocal. Bells always either mean Christmas or weddings so I suppose that works. Got a good contemporary feel to the production. Hints of Katy Perry. Ok overall. You never know.

Sharon Vaughn: This is the type of track that truly has the feel of a winner and could definitely be a radio hit!

Stano Simor: Krista is very good performer, singer. Generally speaking, this song has the hit factor and that is pretty much evident. Nice gimmicks and modern production. Clearly one of the best songs of semifinal. Keeping fingers crossed for this one, so good luck!

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdU02F9lT2g

Published in Editorials

The editorial board of escflashmalta.com has continued to get in touch with artists competing in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and in this specific case, the semi-final in which Malta will be competing with the song Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals by Gianluca. As a matter of fact, before he takes to the stage, there will be Finland whose surprise winner at the end of the national selection was Krista Siegfrids with the song Marry Me which she co-wrote with Erik Nyholm, Kristoffer Karlsson, Jessica Lundström. Finland will be hoping to return to the final this year, having been disappointed last year with their entry När Jag Blundar performed by Pernilla Karlsson.

Finland is one of the most unsuccessful countries to compete at the Eurovision Song Contest having only managed one victory, that being in 2006 at the hands of Lordi with the song Hard Rock Hallelujah having been disappointed on each attempt at qualification since the semi-final system was introduced apart from finish last on eight occasions. This was surprising because the genre was different from previous winners. Nevertheless, Finland has improved greatly since then with only one last place finish and several qualifications. What will you be doing to continue the recent successful trend of Finland?

I think that Marry Me is a really catchy song and I hope that people around Europe will like our energetic and crazy performance! We wanna make whole Europe go DiNG DoNG!!! :) Vote for happiness, girl power, craziness and LOVE!!!

Despite the fact that you have been performing for a number of years, The Voice of Finland was definitely the required boost to establish yourself as a solo artist. How did the experience of the talent show help you grow as an artist and what have you learned that you will be trying to utilize at the Eurovision Song Contest?

The Voice of Finland was a good experience because the Finnish people got to know me and after that I got a lot of gigs and other job offers. It made me stronger and more determined to focus on my solo career.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdNTubMPL7o

Marry Me, the song that you will be performing on behalf of Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest is your debut single, the kick start to your career and will be part of the yet untitled studio album released four (4) days ahead of the actual semi-final where you will be competing. What should your fans and people around the continent expect?

My Ding Dong album is a piece of me. All the songs are stories of my life in one way or another. I'm really proud that I've done most of the song my self. There will be many crazy party songs with funny lyrics. I wanna entertain people and I want you to dance and smile! :) But there is also one ballad on the record which I wrote to my father who passed away when I was 15. He was a great man and he deserves many beautiful songs.

Your entry for this years’ international spectacle has an extremely catchy tune and one could instantly start singing the lyrics by the second chorus if not the first. As regards to the live performances seen during the national final, you had both backing vocalists and dancers apart from the typical props which have become part of the show. Could you describe what you will be doing in terms of staging in the semi-final?

I don't wanna tell you what's gonna happen on stage yet. But I can tell you that we are FULL OF SURPRISES! :) The show will be energetic and funny and of course I'll be performing in a huge wedding dress ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0u9dsvMZKs

You have one of the most impressive music videos accompanying your entry for this years’ Eurovision Song Contest but nevertheless, a number of countries including Denmark and Sweden for example have opted to use their national selection performance. What made you and your team decide to record a music video and what is the aim behind it, meaning do you believe that such promotion is important for get a higher ranking?

I've always wanted to do a music video. This is the first one and I'm really proud of it. I think it's hilarious! :) Love the script that my favorite director Elias Koskimies did! I just want people to watch it and love it! I think music videos are important for an artists career. You get to know the artist better if you have music videos.

It has become no secret that due to the fact that is indeed a competition, performers tend to have a listen to the tracks that they are competing against and one of the countries which will be hoping to qualify alongside Finland is Malta. The performances will be back to back with Finland taking the fifth slot as opposed to Malta which will be singing in the sixth slot. Have you heard the Maltese entry, Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals by Gianluca and what were your thoughts?

Yes, I've heard Malta's song and I think it's really beautiful! It's a feel good song that I would like to listen to on the radio. Malta has by the way always had great songs in ESC.

Would you like to say anything to your fans at escflashmalta.com?

JOIN TEAMDINGDONG AND MARRY ME!!! :) <3 Hugs and kisses from Krista <3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdU02F9lT2g

Published in Interviews
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 16:10

Finland: YLE Reveals Finalists for UMK 2013

The prestigious music event known as the Eurovision Song Contest has quite an intriguing history surrounding it and one nation to have encountered several elements throughout their long participating story is surely Finland whose broadcaster; YLE has been around since 1961 only missing out at one point due to relegation. Following their victory at the event in 2006 with the Hard Rock Halleluljah by Lordi, they have managed to reach the final four out of six times with their latest entry entitled Nar Jag Blundar only managing twelfth place in the semi-final despite a reinvention of the national selection process which saw the beginning of the Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu system which promotes upcoming artists. Nevertheless, as the list of finalists was unveiled today, it has been predominantly noted that one name stands out from the rest due to recent experience in the Idol competition which has created successful careers for a large number of artists in recent years.

The 2013 edition of the Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu will be featuring a total of twelve acts and it is worth mentioning that opposed to earlier this year, most of the songs are in English with only a couple being in Finnish. As already noted down, the most popular name is the winner of the recent winner of Idols in Finland; Diandra Flores who is of course signed to a major record label and she is presenting a song entitled Colliding Into You co-written by Sharon Vaughn who has worked with Agnes, Delta Goodrem and Jedward in recent years. On the other hand, another contestant; Krista Siegfrieds was also part of The Voice of Finland. Apart from some relative success, most of the other acts are completely unknown and therefore slightly at a disadvantage. You could listen to 30 second previews of all of the songs through the official website provided by the broadcaster. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: YLE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRC5NzxmrAA

Tuesday, 14 August 2012 14:13

Finland: YLE Publishes Regulations for 2013

Up until very recently, Finland was one of the Scandinavian countries to have never won the Eurovision Song Contest and neither even reaching the top ten of the scoreboard with the best result being a sixth place finish but that all changed when Lordi and the track Hard Rock Hallelujah trumped the rest of the competition. Since then, Finland have been quite successful in making the final on four occasions from a total of six missing out earlier this year thanks to Pernilla Karlsson and her charming ballad När Jag Blundar which ended up in twelfth place. It seems that despite the disappointment, YLE, the Finnish broadcaster will be keeping to the same selection process hoping that the final result would be more positive.

The official regulations for the upcoming selection process which will be known as Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu were published today through the official website of the Public Broadcaster and they could be accessed here. Apart from the typical regulations which have to comply with those set forth by the European Broadcasting Union, it is also stated that the songs sent in could be in any language that performed or songwriters deem fit to represent the country. There has to be a Finnish presence in the team which is proposed including the lead vocalist and at least the composer or the lyricist. The first part of the selection will run online as was the case last year with the number of acts always brought down so that they would compete in a specific final which would take place in February 2013. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news regarding the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmo, Sweden.

Source: YLE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRC5NzxmrAA