Finland reveals 2012 entries in UMK.

Finland has unveiled all forty songs that will be competing in the country’s newly revamped national final for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, ‘Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu’. First glance will reveal that a majority of the competing songs are performed by completely new artists. There are a few familiar faces including Petra and Freeman. However, it seems that YLE fully intends ‘Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu’ to primarily act as a showcase and launching pad for up-and-coming Finnish musical talent. You can check out the songs here.

I’m currently working my way through the songs, and so far the ones I like on first listening are Alchemy Road’s Burning, Judy’s Kisscollector, Eveliina Määttä’s Perfect and Iconcrash’s We Are The Night. All in all, it looks like a promising bunch and the televised shows ought to be very interesting and different from the other national finals this season.

Rehearsals in full swing!

Every Eurovision, I only listen to 12 of the competing songs before the Contest, so on the actual night(s),  I get to hear and see the remaining 30-odd songs for the first time. Additionally, I don’t watch any of the rehearsals. Believe you me, this is extremely difficult to do, but come Semi-final and Grand Final nights, the embargoes suddenly all become worthwhile as everything is fresh, new and interesting.

However, I can’t resist looking at a few pictures and it looks like this year is going to be all kinds of amazing. They say a picture is worth a thousand words but these speak volumes about just what kind of show we can expect. Just look at The Netherlands rehearsing below on that mind-blowing stage:

And how about Finland:

There’s nothing more to be said . It’s going be fantastic people.

Euroviisut 2011 songs online!

Today Finland have revealed the songs participating in their national final by uploading them onto the YLE’s official Eurovision website. I’ve had a listen to the songs and the ones I like the most are:

Jimi Constantine – ‘Party To Party’ : It sounds like Bon Jovi with a bit of Euro flavour and I think that it works really well. A bit formulaic but an extremely enjoyable catchy pop-rock song.

Tommi Soidinmäki – ‘Seis!’ : Starts off as a very moody, string-laden song before the beat kicks in and bringing a surprisingly catchy chorus along for the ride. The melody and vocals lean in the direction of musical theatre for me. It’s like they’ve taken the signature song of a musical and laid a pop beat over it. It works AND I love that its in Finnish. Should go over nicely if performed well on the night.

Automatic Eye – ‘I’m Not The One Who’s Sorry’ : Automatic Eye sees Finland return to doing what they do best: rock. This rock song in the guise of pop sounds promising, though the melody takes a while to kick in but when it does, it’s very gratifying. Once again, I think this song will truly shine at the live performance.

Paradise Oskar – ‘Da Da Dam’ : This is a good acoustic song with a relevant message about the environmental strife our planet is facing today. I’m prepared to bet that after Belgium’s success with Tom Dice and ‘Me And My Guitar’ this year, alot of similar songs will be popping up in national selections across Europe and this is a good example. I like how the lyrics tell a story, delivering the message in an interesting  manner. However, they should consider changing the song title. Maybe something like ‘Peter’s Song’.

Stala & So. – ‘Pamela’ : A rousing eighties rock number with a chanty chorus. As far as rock songs go, this is an OK song and should be fun to head bang to. The group is fronted by Stala who was a member of Finland’s only Eurovision-winning group Lordi, so having a former winner in the national selection is a novel thing for the country.

So who would I like to see win and go on to represent Finland? At the moment, I’m really enjoying ‘Sesi!’ by Tommi Soidinmäki. It’s a catchy pop song with a musical theatre twist sung in Finnish. I prefer when countries sing in their national langugaes and although Finnish isn’t the most accessible of languages, this song makes me appreciate it alot more, which is one of the reasons why it works for me. My other favourite is ‘Party To Party’ by Jimi Constantine for its sheer catchiness. Of course, new favorites may arise once we go into the televised heats, so let’s wait and see.