Can a “Caveman” represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest? Knucklebone Oscar & The Shangri-La Rubies are hoping so.
Knucklebone Oscar & The Shangri-La Rubies are one of ten acts competing in UMK 2017 tonight in Finland. The front man of the group Knucklebone Oscar has been performing in the Finnish music scene for over 20 years and is hoping to take his eclectic performance style to Europe. Knucklebone Oscar describes his performance style as hard grinding guitar pyrotechnics, hyper-active moves, trash voodoo mystique, axes and wailing megaphones.
The group who will be performing fifth tonight in the UMK 2017 final has the backing of the only act ever to win the Eurovision Song Contest for Finland, Lordi. Lordi stormed to victory at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest in Athens, Greece with their song “Hard Rock Hallelujah”. They last took to the Eurovision stage in 2016 when they performed as part of the interval act “Love Love Peace Peace”.
The running order for tonight is as follows:
- Emma – Circle Of Light
- Alva – Arrows
- Günther & D’Sanz – Love Yourself
- Anni Saikku – Reach Out For The Sun
- Knucklebone Oscar & The Shangri-La Rubies – Caveman
- Norma John – Blackbird
- Lauri Yrjölä – Helppo elämä
- Club La Persé – My Little World
- Zühlke – Perfect Villain
- My First Band – Paradise
The winner of the selection will be decided by 50% public voting and 50% international juries. The international juries are Estonia, France, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
Watch our full interview below:
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Finland first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961, they debuted alongside Spain and Yugoslavia. Finland has finished last in the contest on 10 occasions and has received nul points three times. It wasn’t until 2006 that Finland won the Eurovision Song Contest, Lordi represented the country in Athens with the song “Hard Rock Hallelujah” scoring 292 points a record total at the time. Finland last performed in the final in 2014 when Softengine finished 11th with the song “Something Better”.