In Finland, 1.4 million people tuned in to watch the final of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest.
An average of 1.4 million people watched the Grand Final last night, Finland’s best viewing figure since they hosted the contest in 2007. The country was represented by Blind Channel, who, with their song “Dark Side”, finished in 6th place. This is the country’s best result since their victory in 2006.
Audience figures for the Grand Final so far:
- Austria – 596,000
- France – 5.5 million
- Germany – 7.7 million
- Italy – 4.5 million
- United Kingdom – 7.4 million
Who are Blind Channel?
Blind Channel was formed in 2013 in Oulu in northwestern Finland. The band consists of Joel Hokka (vocals and guitar), Niko Vilhelm (vocals), Joonas Porko (guitar and backing vocals), Olli Matela (bass), Tommi Lalli (drums) and Aleksi Kaunisvesi (sampler and percussion). All of the members have been in the band since its inception except for Aleksi, who joined last autumn.
Image source: EBU/THOMAS HANSES | Source: Finnpanel
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.