passionpop: (putting my foot in it)

Semi Final 1
Artist: Norma John
Song: Blackbird
Odds: $41

Word of the day:
Ihmemaassa - In wonderland
Doubt that one will be useful any time soon

This act comprises of a singer who came third in Finland's X-Factor (Leena Tirronen) and her long time friend (Lasse Piirainen). I generally hate 'talent' show winners, but presently this is my favourite song in this years event. It is early days yet and I am sure I will hate it soon.

This song borrows the sounds of a few winners. The mid-90s Eurovision winners like Secret Garden (Norway) can be heard as an influence, as can ABBA. The piano in the refrain reminds me of the outro of Chiquitita. You can do worse in Eurovision than to borrow from ABBA, but ou can be more original. Also Leena sounds like Lena who won for Germany

Lasse co-wrote 3 songs on Leena's solo album, Leena in Wonderland (Leena Ihmemaassa), one of which was the third (and final) single from the album. It sounded nothing like the Eurovision entry. It sounded a bit crap. The only good thing I can find in a quick glance with the solo album is that the cover art made Leena look like Veronica Mars. Veronica Mars is cool, the solo album was not.

Blackbird won UMK (Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu - New Music Competition), the Finnish national selection, in a bit of a landslide. Finland won Eurovision in 2006 in a landslide, but usually landslides are more how finland loses... like in 1982

passionpop: (big)
Previous entries: 49
Wins: 1 Lordi – Hard Rock Hallelujah
First Entry: 1961 Laila Kinnunen - Valoa ikkunassa
Most recent entry: 2015 Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät - Aina mun pitää
National Anthem: Maamme


Sandhja – Sing it away

This song came third in the public vote in the Finnish national selection, however it romped it in with the judges. It was probably a good save by the judges because the song that was most popular with the public was a bit crap and the song that was second is best described as average. This is a much better Eurovision song.

Being the best of a bad bunch has not translated to good odds. The Bookmakers do not rate this at all, which to me is strange because there is something a little naughties Kylie about this song and I would have thought that would appeal to the general Eurovision audience.

The big issue for Sandhja is she has to nail it on the night, and she was a bit crap in the national selection which probably accounts for the odds. Listening to the vocals in the national selction I wish Sir Terry Wogan was still alive. if she repeated those vocals at Eurovision I am sure Sir Terry would tell the audience that “that was truly awful”.

Sandhja said something about Girlpower in her promo article. Girlpower has changed since 1966

passionpop: (die bitch)
Population: 5 474 094
Area: 338 424 km2
Language: Finnish (Swedish, Sami)
Eurovision Attendances: 48
Eurovision wins: 1 (2006)

Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät - Aina Mun Pitää

Pertti Kurikan Nameday is a band made up of developmentally disabled men and though their entry has been panned by many, the song is currently in the top ten with the bookmakers, so they must be doing something right

The good news for people who dislike this song is that it is mercifully short. This is the shortest song to ever go to Eurovision at 1 minute 27 seconds. Considering there is an ad break scedules for straight after this song, the break between this song and the next will probably be longer than this little ditty.

A documentary about these guys apparently gave them quite a following in Scandinavia and Germany. Good on ‘em. While here, the Australian government is haggling to avoid paying disabled workers what they deserve for their work saying a couple dollars an hour is enough, these guys show that disabled people have value.

So this year’s entry is punk, but Finland has tried all kinds of music, including in 1981 Reggae, ok.

passionpop: (sweet and innocent)
This is all of the semi final 2 performers this year. SPOILER ALERT this has details of their performances as well as a link to their rehearsals. If you want to keep how dire the acts are a surprise, please stop reading now

There is always one Eurovision semi that is far better than the other. This is not the better semi.


full list of second semi finalists )

so in short, I doubt anything from this semi will win or even come close. either the song is dire or the performance it not good enough to get it votes.
Best performances: well... possibly slovenia
Auto non-qualifiers: either greece or poland wont qualify or both,

the highlight of this semi is clearly Jessica Mauboy

passionpop: (die bitch)
Finland took forever to work out how to win a Eurovision and finally work it out, they just needed a little Hard Rock Hallelujah. This year instead of hard rock they are sending softcockrock.

Artist: Softengine
Song: Something Better

This song was a last minute entry to Eurovision, which shows, but it also took ten days to write and record. Some bands could knock out a whole album in that time. It wouldn't be a great album, it would be rather formulaic, but then this song is pretty much that too.

The song isn't bad, I mean as a song writer you would have to be pissed if you spent 10 days working on a song and it turned out to be a steaming pile of shit. It is just something that any US softcockrock band could have done a decade ago. It is nothing special. It is not too good but not totally crap

I think with all rock music the proof is how it is performed live. The best thing about Eurovision is that for good or ill, every vocal is live. This should be too much of a car crash.

If you are going to do Softcockrock at Eurovision, at least give it a bit of ethno. Albania did Ethnosoftcockrock last year and it failed to qualify. No one likes a softcocks though

passionpop: (southpark)
Country: Finland

Debut: 1961
Previous Appearances: 46
Wins: 1 (2006 – Lordi 'Hard Rock Hallelujah')

Artist: Krista Siegfrids
Song: Marry Me

I think it is kind of appropriate that at the start of the clip you see she lives in a trailer. This is he trash anthem of a new generation.

I cant help thinking that the singer is a psychotic Pink, if there is a difference. If I saw someone walking down the street singing this song, I would slap them, partially for fun but partially because they would be asking for it.

Even though this song is everything hat is wrong with the younger generation of women, It will probably qualify and do quite well. Stupid bints.

If this make it to the final, it will just another thing that will make it a Hullu yö

passionpop: (putting my foot in it)
Performer: Pernilla Karlsson
Song: När Jag Blundar

Out of 540 songs submitted to be the potential representative for Finland in Eurovision, this is what was chosen. rally says alot about how poor the the other 539 songs were really. They could have sent this or this (is it just me or is 80's music big in Finland), but no, they sent this. 

This is such a pretty song. It doesn't go anywhere, it doesn't do anything, but it is a pretty song... pretty bloody boring. I mean it isn't Lordi is it? The only practical use for this song to be played in an overpriced candle shop or some hippy shop or something. It shouldnt be in Eurovision. 

The only sure thing about this song is seeing it is sung in Swedish, it will get high points from Sweden in the final... if it makes it to the final, which i highly doubt. I mean the Lyrics arent that bad, they are actually quite, pretty, everything else about the song is awful

The last time Finland sung in Swedish was 1990 and they finished last, and Sweden didn't give Finland any points towards that loss. Before the clip showing why they were so successful, I want to look back at something awful. How not to be interesting

passionpop: (drunk)

Wins: 1
Entries: 41
Eurovision 2007 Semi Final: Straight to Final from 2006 result
Eurovision 2007 Final: 17th


Teräsbetoni - Missä Miehet Ratsastaa (Where The Men RIde)



If you don't want to watch this clip, imaging the Village People Wearing black, singing 'Macho Man' with two backing singers whacking drums and with extra guitars downtuned for that dark sound. Thats Finland this year. A poor attempt to relive the one single solitary Eurovision win in 2006 that Lordi (below) gave them.

I do remember in 2006 saying Lordi wouldn't win and I ate those words then they caned the competition, but I don't think this will win only because it is a repeat of something successful and Austria tried with something similar last year and didn't get far.

So lets compare it to the Great Lordi with 'Hard Rock Hallelujah' complete with some Terry Wogan comentary...It was song 17 and listening to it, do you think he was drunk yet?


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