Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010

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Eurovision Song Contest 2010
Country  Finland
National selection
Selection process Euroviisut 2010
Selection date(s) Online voting
1–16 October 2009
Semi-finals
8 January 2010
15 January 2010
22 January 2010
Final
30 January 2010
Selected entrant Kuunkuiskaajat
Selected song "Työlki ellää"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Failed to qualify (11th, 49 points)
Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Finland participated at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 held in Bærum, Oslo, Norway. YLE (Yleisradio) hold a national final, Euroviisut 2010, to select the 2010 Finnish entry.

Euroviisut 2010[edit]

The 2010 edition of Euroviisut took place in January 2010, featuring three semi-finals before the final, held on 30 January.

Some changes were made to the format of the contest used in the 2009 contest. A total of 15 songs competed in the semi-final – 12 established artists were invited by YLE to compete in the competition, however there was also an open call for songs for the public (finishing in August 2009), allowing newcomers to compete alongside the established artists. An internal jury selected the best songs from the public submissions, and placed them onto the internet for an internet vote. Public SMS voting was also be used for two weeks in October, and afterwards the top three songs were selected to compete in the live semi-finals.[1][2]

Five songs took part in the three semi-finals, beginning on 8 January 2010 at the Tampere Exhibition and Sports Centre in Tampere. Three songs from each semi-final qualified via a public vote to the final on 30 January 2010, and a tenth song was selected by a YLE jury to compete in the final as a wild-card.[1][2]

Only 2 demos could be sent for each artist or songwriter, and the artist(s) performing in the demos must perform during the semi-finals and the final. Songs in the open selection could not be on any other websites during the selection process, and all songs selected to compete in the live shows could not be released before 7 December 2009, except by YLE. There were no restrictions as to the language of the songs, however at least one songwriter and the main artists for each song must be Finnish citizens of live in Finland.[1][2]

Entries[edit]

The final list of the 12 invited artists was revealed on 30 September 2009 by YLE.[1][2] Three more songs were selected in October through a public SMS vote and an internet vote.

YLE announced that the winner of the popular tango song and dance festival Tangomarkkinat would gain a place at Euroviisut 2010.[3][4] The winner of the contest was Amadeus Lundberg, who received the invitation to perform in January.[5]

On 30 September YLE released the names of the 12 invited artists for the 2010 Euroviisut contest. They include Lundberg, tipped as one of the favourites to the win the contest in January.[6][7] The 12 competing artists will be joined by three more artists chosen 30 selected entries from an open call of songs by YLE. These 30 entries were chosen from 267 submitted to YLE for the contest, and took part in an SMS vote in Finland until 15 October. On 30 November the twelve songs chosen for the invited artists to perform in the contest were revealed by YLE.[8][9]

On 17 October the three qualifying artists were revealed by YLE - they were Bääbs, Linn Nygård and Sister Twister. Linn Nygård and Sister Twister both represented Finland at the junior MGP Nordic contest in 2007. On that day also the twelve invited artists were divided into their respective semi-finals.[10][11]

Online selection[edit]

Online voting - 1–16 October 2009
Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m)
Saara Aalto "Meant to Be" Saara Aalto (m & l)
Markus Ahola "Kadotaan" Markus Ahola (m), Minna Immonen (l)
AiA "Ruma" Nina Tapio (m), Anna Aittomäki (l), Hanna-Riikka Siitonen (l)
Henrik Anttila & Krister Anttila "Yhtä juhlaa" Henrik Anttila (m & l), Jukka Pylväs (l), Krister Anttila (l)
Sonja Bishop "Why Don't You" Ann Slangar (m & l), Sonja Bishop (m), Mats Granfors (m)
Blackbird "Did I Say That I Loved You" Jussi Petäjä (m & l)
Blackstream "Divine" Mårten Svartström (m & l)
Saga Bloom "Love Like This" Saga Vuorenmaa (m & l)
Bääbs "You Don't Know Tomorrow" Riku Kärkkäinen (m & l), Tommi Forsström (m)
Camilla Petra "Your World Is Still Waiting for Me" Kim Fredenberg (m & l)
Captain Cougar "Too Late" Jussi Petäjä (m & l)
Daisy Jack "Fridays" Ben Bergman (m), Kristin Siegfrids (l), Fredrik Furu (l), Marcus Granfors (l)
Marcus Granfors "Always" Marcus Granfors (m & l), Mikko Tamminen (m & l)
Janne Hurme "Not Even on Sundays" Janne Hurme (m & l)
Sofia Järnström "Miss Magic" Niklas Mansner (m), Sofia Järnström (m), Kimmo Pekari (l)
Pauliina Kumpulainen "Niin kävi taas" Teppo Seppänen (m), Tomi Kankainen (l)
Jukka Kuoppamäki "Ystävät!" Jukka Kuoppamäki (m & l)
Netta "Stronger" Netta Eklund (m & l), Patrick Linman (m & l)
Linn Nygård "Fatal Moment" Sebastian Holmgård (m & l), Linn Nygård (l)
Paul Oxley "Hope" Paul Oxley (m & l), Christer Rönnholm (l)
Janne Raappana "Elina" Jussi Hakulinen (m & l)
Rock'n Roll Sensation "Listen to the Radio" Eppu Uutinen (m & l), Erno Valovirta (m)
Geir Rönning "I Hate Myself for Loving You" Geir Rönning (m & l), Sayit Dölen (m), Tom Diekmeier (m)
Laura Sippola & Tuki "Morse for Nature" Laura Sippola (m & l)
Sister Twister "Love at the First Sight" Elin Blom (m & l), Jonas Olsson (m)
Juhana Suninen "Vastaa!" Juhana Suninen (m & l), Daniela Persson (l)
Sanna-Mari Titov "Tunnustuksen tapaisia sanoja" Nalle Ahlstedt (m), Sana Mustonen (l)
Roni Tran "Star Power" Will Rappaport (m & l), Henri Lanz (m), Roni Tran (l)
U.O.M.A. "Kaupunki" Antti Seppä (m & l)
Villieläin "Ei minua" Jani Hölli (m & l), Piritta Vartola (l)

Televised semi-finals[edit]

Each semi-final contained five acts - four invited artists, and one online qualifier. Each semi-final, held on consecutive Fridays in January 2009, was held at the Tampere Exhibition and Sports Centre in Tampere. Three songs from each semi-final qualified via a public vote to the final on 30 January 2010, and a tenth song was selected by a YLE jury to compete in the final as a wildcard entry.[1][2]

On 17 October the three qualifying artists were revealed by YLE - they were Bääbs, Linn Nygård and Sister Twister. Linn Nygård and Sister Twister both represented Finland at the junior MGP Nordic contest in 2007. On that day also the twelve invited artists were divided into their respective semi-finals.[10][11] On 22 October YLE revealed the final line-up for the semi-finals, including the three online qualifiers.[11][12]

The song titles and authors were announced by YLE on 30 November on their website. A compilation album of the 15 songs was released by Universal Music Oy on 4 January.[13]

Semi-final 1[edit]

The first semi-final was held on 8 January. Five songs competed, with three qualifying to the final. The winning artists, decided by a public televote, were Amadeus Lundberg, Nina Lassander and Pentti Hietanen.[14][15]

Semi-final 1–8 January 2010
Draw Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m)
1 Amadeus Lundberg "Anastacia" Risto Asikainen (m & l), Ilkka Vainio (l)
2 Nina Lassander "Cider Hill" Janne Hyöty (m), Paul Oxley (m & l)
3 Bääbs "You Don't Know Tomorrow" Riku Kärkkäinen (m & l), Tommi Forsström (m)
4 Boys of the Band (BOB) "America (I Think I Love You)" Boys of the Band (m), Kimmo Blom (l)
5 Pentti Hietanen "Il mondo è qui" Lasse Heikkilä (m), Petri Kaivanto (l), Stefano de Sando (l)

Semi-final 2[edit]

The second semi-final was held on 15 January. Five songs competed, with three chosen by a public televote to qualify to the final on 30 January. The three qualifiers were Antti Kleemola, Heli Kajo and Sister Twister.[16][17]

Semi-final 2–15 January 2010
Draw Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m)
1 Monday "Play" Tuomas "Gary" Keskinen (m & l), Salla Lehtinen (l)
2 Antti Kleemola "Sun puolella" Antti Kleemola (m & l), Mikko Karjalainen (l)
3 Heli Kajo "Annankadun kulmassa" Heli Kajo (m & l)
4 Sister Twister "Love at the First Sight" Elin Blom (m & l), Jonas Olsson (m)
5 Veeti Kallio "Kerro mulle rakkaudesta" Veeti Kallio (m & l), Pekka Ruuska (l)

Semi-final 3[edit]

The third and final semi-final was held on 22 January. From the five competing songs three were selected by a public vote: Kuunkuiskaajat, Linn Nygård and Eläkeläiset. The YLE jury wildcard was also selected from this semi-final, namely Maria Lund.[18][19]

Semi-final 3–22 January 2010
Draw Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m)
1 Maria Lund "Sydän ymmärtää" Valtteri Tynkkynen (m), Maria Lund (l), Heikki Salo (l)
2 Osmo Ikonen "Heaven or Hell" Osmo Ikonen (m & l)
3 Kuunkuiskaajat "Työlki ellää" Timo Kiiskinen (m & l)
4 Linn Nygård "Fatal Moment" Sebastian Holmgård (m & l), Linn Nygård (l)
5 Eläkeläiset "Hulluna humpasta" Kristian Voutilainen (m), Onni Waris (m & l)

Final[edit]

Kuunkuiskaajat at the final of Euroviisut 2010 in Tampere.

The final of Euroviisut 2010 was held on 30 January. Three songs from each of the three semi-finals qualified to the final, and was joined by a wildcard entry selected by a jury from the remaining six semi-finalists. The winner will be decided by two rounds of televoting, with the top three songs after the first televote progressing to a Super Final, after which a further televote will select the winner. The running order for the final was announced by YLE on 25 January.[20]

Media reports suggested that established act Eläkeläiset were the favourite to win the contest, however other names mentioned as possible contenders includes Tangomarkkinat winner Amadeus, Kuunkuiskaajat, and Heli Kajo after heavy campaigning on social networking sites such as Facebook.[21][22]

Performances by Eurovision Song Contest 2007 host Mikko Leppilampi and 2009 winner Alexander Rybak, performing his new single "Europe's Skies" for the first time, were included in the show.[21][22]

The three superfinalists were Nina Lassander, Eläkeläiset and Kuunkuiskaajat.[23][24]

A total of 995,000 people watched the final on television, peaking at 1.2 million. This was an increase of over 200,000 people on the 2009 final. 233,683 votes were cast during the final, with more than 100,000 votes cast during the semi-finals. The full voting results were revealed on 1 February.[25][26]

Final - 30 January 2010
Draw Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Televotes Place
1 Maria Lund "Sydän ymmärtää" Valtteri Tynkkynen (m), Maria Lund (l), Heikki Salo (l) 6,663 9
2 Antti Kleemola "Sun puolella" Antti Kleemola (m & l), Mikko Karjalainen (l) 3,907 10
3 Linn Nygård "Fatal Moment" Sebastian Holmgård (m & l), Linn Nygård (l) 7,135 7
4 Pentti Hietanen "Il mondo è qui" Lasse Heikkilä (m), Petri Kaivanto (l), Stefano de Sando (l) 6,671 8
5 Heli Kajo "Annankadun kulmassa" Heli Kajo (m & l) 11,443 6
6 Nina Lassander "Cider Hill" Janne Hyöty (m), Paul Oxley (m & l) 17,312 3
7 Amadeus Lundberg "Anastacia" Risto Asikainen (m & l), Ilkka Vainio (l) 12,250 5
8 Sister Twister "Love at the First Sight" Elin Blom (m & l), Jonas Olsson (m) 15,377 4
9 Eläkeläiset "Hulluna humpasta" Kristian Voutilainen (m), Onni Waris (m & l) 20,051 1
10 Kuunkuiskaajat "Työlki ellää" Timo Kiiskinen (m & l) 18,333 2

Super Final[edit]

The Super Final featured the top three songs of the final: Nina Lassander, Eläkeläiset and Kuunkuiskaajat. The winners were Kuunkuiskaajat, while Nina Lassander came second and Eläkeläiset came third.[24][25][27]

Super Final
Draw Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Televotes Place
1 Nina Lassander "Cider Hill" Janne Hyöty (m), Paul Oxley (m & l) 43,282 2
2 Eläkeläiset "Hulluna humpasta" Kristian Voutilainen (m), Onni Waris (m & l) 23,120 3
3 Kuunkuiskaajat "Työlki ellää" Timo Kiiskinen (m & l) 48,139 1

At Eurovision[edit]

Finland competed in the first semi-final of the contest, on 25 May. It did however fail to make it through to Saturday's grand final. Television hostess Johanna Pirttilahti announced the results of the Finland televoting.[28]

Points Awarded by Finland[29][edit]

Points Awarded to Finland (Semi-Final 1)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  29. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2008

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