Finland Eurovision 2017 odds
Finland chose its song for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in the UMK final at the Espoo Metro Areena. The UMK 2017 winner, Norma John, will go on to represent Finland at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv with the song Blackbird hoping to bring back Finland to the final of the contest after not qualifying since 2014. The show was held in the Espoo Metro Areena in Espoo, and hosted by Krista Siegfrids, Finland’s Eurovision artist in 2013.
It was also revealed that 636,000 Finns followed the program on Yle 2 from 21 hours. At least 1.40 million viewers watched the show during that night. UMK17 was then topped the hearings in front of hidden cameras MTV3 ( 1001 Rikua - 242,000 viewers), or the movie Ninja Turtles on Nelonen (118,000 viewers).
In comparison, The Voice of Finland , one of the most unifying formats of broadcast yesterday on Nordic countries, gathered 740,000 viewers.
Norma John consists of two friends — Leena Tirronen and Lasse Piirainen — neither of whom is named Norma or John. Leena took part in Finland’s first and so far only season of The X Factor in 2012. After that she released an album under the moniker Leena Ihmemaassa (Leena in Wonderland). Keyboardist Lasse Piirainen has been playing for 30 years already. Their song explores a break-up and the pain that follows when everything seems to remind you of your ex.
Two longtime friends Leena and Lasse form an indie pop duo by the name of Norma John. Their music has a strong cinematic feel and it oozes harsh Scandinavian beauty. “We really needed to take the next step with our music and UMK feels like the right forum to take that step.” Norma John’s stunningly beautiful Blackbird is all about splitting up and about the way you feel when every single thing reminds you of the past. Norma John topped the jury vote and public vote, owing to strong vocals and major atmosphere. The simple, low-key staging created a truly visceral experience that you could really feel in the arena and at home.
They competed against nine other artists, with an international jury from France, Iceland, Estonia, Spain, Sweden, Latvia, United Kingdom, Norway, Israel and Ukraine and public vote deciding the winner. Norma John won both votes, finishing with 182 points, 37 points ahead of second place Zühlke.
Norma John's song has been described as simple. There is nothing more difficult than a simple conclusion. On this Tirronen and Piirainen succeed very well. Also, the lyrics will support the whole. Soon the whole of Europe will be listening Tirronen’s story of how he evicted blackbirds from under his window reminding sweet moments that are forever gone.
Experts have predicted that Blackbird will be doing well, throwing the Nordic country to the Eurovision Song Contest finals. Finnish package is extremely impressive. However, keep in mind what Eurovision is all about. Eastern European countries vote on the cross, and the rest of Europe, the dice are thrown.
Odds on Eurovision Song Contest 2017: Will Finland qualify for the final?