Finland has selected Norma John to represent them at the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv.
Norma John will represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. They will be performing the song “Blackbird” after beating off competition from nine other acts. Tonight, Finland hosted the fifth edition of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu to select their 51st representative for the Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Kyiv, Ukraine, this May. Krista Siegfrids presented the show; Krista won the second edition of Finland’s recently reinvented selection process back in 2013 with the song ‘Marry Me’. Krista will also be attempting to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest this May for Sweden as she participates in Melodifestivalen once again.
Ten songs competed in the selection this evening, fighting for points awarded by the ten international juries of Estonia, France, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. The points of the international juries were combined with a national public vote.
- Emma – Circle Of Light – 106 – 3rd
- Alva – Arrows – 63 – 6th
- Günther & D’Sanz – Love Yourself – 82 – 5th
- Anni Saikku – Reach Out For The Sun – 59 – 7th
- Knucklebone Oscar & The Shangri-La Rubies – Caveman – 18 – 10th
- Norma John – Blackbird – 182 – Winner
- Lauri Yrjölä – Helppo elämä – 58 – 8th
- Club La Persé – My Little World – 50 – 9th
- Zühlke – Perfect Villain – 145 – 2nd
- My First Band – Paradise – 97 – 4th
Finland will be hoping to qualify for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time since 2014. In recent years Finland has performed poorly in the contest, failing to make the final for the past two years. PKN finished last in their semi final in 2015, while Sandhja finished in 15th place in her semi final in Stockholm.
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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”.