Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014
Country  Finland
National selection
Selection process Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2014
Selection date(s) Introduction shows:
26 December 2013
28 December 2013
4 January 2014
Heats:
11 January 2014
18 January 2014
Semi-final:
25 January 2014
Final:
1 February 2014
Selected entrant Softengine
Selected song "Something Better"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (3rd, 97 points)
Final result 11th, 72 points
Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Finland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Their entry was selected through the national competition Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), organised by the Finnish broadcaster Yleisradio (Yle). Softengine represented Finland with the song "Something Better", which qualified from the second semi-final. Finland placed 11th with 72 points. It is the best position for Finland after Lordi's victory in 2006.

Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2014[edit]

Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, 2014, was the third edition of the Finnish national selection that selected Finland's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. On 10 July 2013, Yle opened the submission period for interested artists and composers to submit their proposals to the broadcaster, which lasted until 16 September 2013.[1] A total of 420 entries were received, of which 12 were ultimately be selected to compete by a special jury.[2]

Format[edit]

Three introductory shows on 26 December 2013, 28 December 2013 and 4 January 2014 commenced the competition with the presentation of the jury selection process and the first live performances of the competing songs from the artists in front of the judges. Two heats with six competing songs in each took place on 11 and 18 January 2014 where the artist and song that placed first automatically advanced to the final, while the artist and song that placed last was eliminated from the competition. The remaining four songs in each heat that failed to advance to the final or be eliminated proceeded to the semi-final on 25 January 2014 where the top six songs qualified to the final. The final with the eight remaining finalists took place at the Barona Areena in Espoo on 1 February 2014. The entire competition series was hosted by Anne Lainto and Ile Uusivuori.[3][4]

Judges[edit]

Yle enlisted four judges in order to assist the 12 competing artists with developing their song and performance. On 4 November 2013, Yle announced that the judges from the previous year would return, consisting of:[4]

  • Tomi Saarinen, head of Yle youth radio channel YleX
  • Aija Puurtinen, singer and music professor
  • Toni Wirtanen, heavy metal singer and leader of the band Apulanta
  • Redrama, rapper

Competing entries[edit]

Yle webcast a special introduction press event regarding the competition on 10 December 2013, where the twelve competing acts were revealed.[5]

Artist Song (English Translation) Music (m) / Lyrics (l)
Mikko Pohjola "Sängyn reunalla" (On the edge of the bed) Mikko Pohjola (m & l)
MadCraft "Shining Bright" Tom Nuorivaara (m & l), Juho Rinne (m), Jesse Mäläskä (m), Otto Uotila (m)
Clarissa feat. Josh Standing "Top of The World" Paul Oxley (m & l), David Neisser (m), Christian Rabb (m), Annette Lundell (m), Joshua Standing (m)
Lauri Mikkola "Going Down" Lauri Mikkola (m & l)
Jasmin Michaela "Kertakäyttösydän" (Throwaway heart) Mikko Kierikki (m), Jasmin Michaela (m), Jutta Annala (m), Johanna Viksten (l)
Hukka ja Mama "Selja"1 Lasse Hukka (m & l)
Hanna Sky "Hope" Hanna Sky (m & l)
MAKEA "Painovoima" (Gravity) MAKEA (m & l)
Dennis Fagerström "My Little Honey Bee" Dennis Fagerström (m & l), Michael James Down (m & l), Niklas Hast (m), Andreas Anastasiou (m), Primož Poglajen (m)
Softengine "Something Better" Topi Latukka (m & l), Henri Oskár (l)
Lili Lambert "Let Me Take You There" Lili Lambert (m & l), Joonas Kaikko (m), Lasse Piirainen (m)
MIAU "God/Drug" Anu Kaukola (m & l), Henna Juvonen (l)
1.^ Selja is a proper noun in the context of the lyrics; otherwise it translates as Elder.

Shows[edit]

Introduction shows[edit]

Three introduction shows were aired on 26 December 2013, 28 December 2013 and 4 January 2014. On 26 December 2013, the top twelve entries that were selected for the competition were presented through commentary from the judges and interviews with the selected contestants. On 28 December 2013 and 4 January 2014, in each show six competitors performed the demo version of their respective entry live in front of the judges for the first time. On 28 December 2013, MadCraft, Clarissa featuring Josh Standing, Lauri Mikkola, Jasmin Michaela, Hanna Sky and MAKEA presented their entries.[6] On 4 January 2014, Mikko Pohjola, Hukka ja Mama, Dennis Fagerström, Softengine, Lili Lambert and MIAU presented their entries.[7] The live performances were filmed in November 2013 allowing the competitors to take feedback and suggestions provided from the judges and apply changes to their entries prior to the release of the final versions of their songs.[8] The final versions of entries were presented on 1 January 2014 during a special radio broadcast on Yle Radio Suomi, hosted by Harri Hakanen and Anssi Autio.[9]

Heat 1[edit]

The first live show took place on 11 January 2014, where the first half of the twelve competing artists presented their entries during a live performance at the Peacock Theatre in Helsinki.[9] The combination of jury voting and televoting determined the one direct qualifier to the final, the four qualifiers to the semi-final and the artist and song that was eliminated from the competition. "Something Better" performed by Softengine qualified directly to the final, while "God/Drug" performed by MIAU, "My Little Honey Bee" performed by Dennis Fagerström, "Selja" performed by Hukka ja Mama and "Kertakäyttösydän" performed by Jasmin Michaela proceeded to the semi-final. "Let Me Take You There" performed by Lili Lambert was eliminated.[10]

Heat 1 – 11 January 2014
Draw Artist Song T. Wirtanen A. Puurtinen T. Saarinen Redrama Jury Total Result
1 MIAU "God/Drug" 6 7 6 4 23 Semi-final
2 Dennis Fagerström "My Little Honey Bee" 4 5 5 5 19 Semi-final
3 Lili Lambert "Let Me Take You There" 3 6 3 6 18 Eliminated
4 Hukka ja Mama "Selja" 10 9 8 8 35 Semi-final
5 Softengine "Something Better" 8 10 9 9 36 Final
6 Jasmin Michaela "Kertakäyttösydän" 7 8 7 7 29 Semi-final

Heat 2[edit]

The second live show took place on 18 January 2014 where the second half of the twelve competing artists presented their entries during a live performance at the Peacock Theatre in Helsinki.[9] The combination of jury voting and televoting determined the one direct qualifier to the final, the four qualifiers to the semi-final and the artist and song that was eliminated from the competition. "Hope" performed by Hanna Sky qualified directly to the final, while "Going Down" performed by Lauri Mikkola, "Top of the World" performed by Clarissa featuring Josh Standing, "Sängyn reunalla" performed by Mikko Pohjola and "Shining Bright" performed by MadCraft proceeded to the semi-final. "Painovoima" performed by MAKEA was eliminated.[11]

Heat 2 – 18 January 2014
Draw Artist Song T. Wirtanen A. Puurtinen T. Saarinen Redrama Jury Total Result
1 MAKEA "Painovoima" 4 7 4 5 20 Eliminated
2 Lauri Mikkola "Going Down" 5 8 7 6 26 Semi-final
3 Clarissa feat. Josh Standing "Top of the World" 6 6 6 7 25 Semi-final
4 Mikko Pohjola "Sängyn reunalla" 8 9 8 9 34 Semi-final
5 MadCraft "Shining Bright" 7 5 5 4 21 Semi-final
6 Hanna Sky "Hope" 9 10 9 10 38 Final

Semi-final[edit]

The semi-final show took place on 25 January 2014 where four songs from each of the previous two heats had another opportunity to qualify to the final during a live performance at the Peacock Theatre in Helsinki. Public televoting solely decided which six songs qualified to the final and which two songs were eliminated from the competition. "Shining Bright" performed by MadCraft, "Selja" performed by Hukka ja Mama, "Going Down" performed by Lauri Mikkola, "God/Drug" performed by MIAU, "Sängyn reunalla" performed by Mikko Pohjola and "Top of the World" performed by Clarissa featuring Josh Standing qualified to the final while "Kertakäyttösydän" performed by Jasmin Michaela and "My Little Honey Bee" performed by Dennis Fagerström were eliminated.[12]

Semi-final – 25 January 2014
Draw Artist Song Result
1 MadCraft "Shining Bright" Final
2 Hukka ja Mama "Selja" Final
3 Lauri Mikkola "Going Down" Final
4 Jasmin Michaela "Kertakäyttösydän" Eliminated
5 Dennis Fagerström "My Little Honey Bee" Eliminated
6 MIAU "God/Drug" Final
7 Mikko Pohjola "Sängyn reunalla" Final
8 Clarissa feat. Josh Standing "Top of the World" Final

Final[edit]

The final took place on 1 February 2014 at the Barona Areena in Espoo where the eight finalist songs were performed and the combination of votes from the jury and public televote selected a winner. In addition to the performances from the competing artists, the winner of UMK 2013, Krista Siegfrids, performed her single "Cinderella" during the interval. Softengine was the winner of the competition with the song "Something Better".[13]

Final – 1 February 2014
Draw Artist Song T. Wirtanen A. Puurtinen T. Saarinen Redrama Jury Total Jury (%) Televote (%)[14] Total Place
1 Softengine "Something Better" 8 10 10 10 38 18.27% 28.28% 23.28% 1
2 Hanna Sky "Hope" 3 7 4 5 19 9.13%
3 MIAU "God/Drug" 10 9 7 6 32 15.38% 13.94% 14.66% 3
4 Lauri Mikkola "Going Down" 5 6 5 7 23 11.06%
5 MadCraft "Shining Bright" 4 3 3 3 13 6.25%
6 Mikko Pohjola "Sängyn reunalla" 9 8 9 9 35 16.83% 19.48% 18.16% 2
7 Clarissa feat. Josh Standing "Top of the World" 6 4 6 4 20 9.62%
8 Hukka ja Mama "Selja" 7 5 8 8 28 13.46%

At Eurovision[edit]

Softengine at the second semi-final dress rehearsal

During the semi-final allocation draw on 20 January 2014 at the Copenhagen City Hall, Finland was drawn to compete in the second half of the second semi-final on 8 May 2014.[15] In the second semi-final, the producers of the show decided that Finland would perform 8th, following Lithuania and preceding Ireland.[16] Finland qualified from the second semi-final and competed in the final on 10 May 2014. During the winner's press conference for the second semi-final qualifiers, Finland was allocated to compete in the second half of the final.[17] In the final, the producers of the show decided that Finland would perform 18th, following Slovenia and preceding Spain.[18]

The Finnish performance featured the members of Softengine performing with a band setup that includes three guitars, a piano and drum kit. The stage atmosphere transitioned between red and white lighting and includes strobe light and spotlight effects.[19][20]

In Finland, both the semi-finals and the final were broadcast on Yle TV2, with dual language commentary provided by Jorma Hietamäki and Sanna Pirkkalainen in Finnish, and Eva Frantz and Johan Lindroos in Swedish. In addition, all shows were also broadcast via radio on Yle Radio Suomi and Yle Radio Vega.[21] The Finnish spokesperson revealing the result of the Finnish vote in the final was Redrama.[22]

Points awarded to Finland[edit]

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

Points awarded by Finland[edit]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprise the Finnish jury:[23]

  • Kaija Kärkinen – Chairperson – artist, composer, represented Finland in the 1991 Contest
  • Saara Törmä – lyricist
  • Rauli Eskolin – producer
  • Jaako Hurme – radio DJ
  • Annette Lundell (Clarissa) – artist

Semi-final 2[edit]

The Finnish votes in the second semi-final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[24]

Semi-final 2 – Finnish Results
Draw Country K. Kärkinen S. Törmä R. Eskolin J. Hurme A. Lundell Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Malta 3 3 6 3 5 3 11 6 5
02  Israel 12 13 4 11 6 10 5 8 3
03  Norway 2 2 7 4 3 2 2 2 10
04  Georgia 8 7 2 14 14 8 12 11
05  Poland 14 14 11 9 10 14 7 12
06  Austria 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 12
07  Lithuania 11 11 14 5 4 9 13 14
08  Finland
09  Ireland 9 12 13 13 7 13 9 13
10  Belarus 6 8 8 7 13 7 6 4 7
11  Macedonia 7 6 5 2 12 5 14 10 1
12   Switzerland 5 4 9 8 9 6 4 3 8
13  Greece 13 9 12 6 11 12 3 7 4
14  Slovenia 10 10 10 12 8 11 8 9 2
15  Romania 4 5 3 10 1 4 10 5 6

Final[edit]

The Finnish votes in the grand final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[25]

Final – Finnish Results
Draw Country K. Kärkinen S. Törmä R. Eskolin J. Hurme A. Lundell Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Ukraine 20 12 20 22 14 18 7 9 2
02  Belarus 12 18 23 16 19 19 15 19
03  Azerbaijan 10 2 11 11 13 8 24 16
04  Iceland 19 10 7 6 18 14 12 12
05  Norway 2 6 12 12 10 6 4 4 7
06  Romania 13 14 19 23 7 16 21 21
07  Armenia 9 20 16 5 5 12 6 7 4
08  Montenegro 21 21 21 25 25 25 25 25
09  Poland 25 25 24 17 20 24 11 20
10  Greece 23 17 25 15 17 21 13 18
11  Austria 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12
12  Germany 8 11 9 19 23 15 23 22
13  Sweden 4 9 3 7 3 2 2 2 10
14  France 7 7 13 13 12 11 14 10 1
15  Russia 24 24 15 20 22 22 8 15
16  Italy 6 3 10 21 16 13 20 17
17  Slovenia 18 22 22 18 15 20 19 23
18  Finland
19  Spain 17 19 2 9 2 9 16 11
20   Switzerland 15 15 14 14 21 17 10 13
21  Hungary 14 13 4 10 8 10 5 6 5
22  Malta 3 5 6 8 9 3 17 8 3
23  Denmark 11 4 18 2 6 5 9 5 6
24  Netherlands 5 8 8 3 11 4 3 3 8
25  San Marino 22 23 17 24 24 23 18 24
26  United Kingdom 16 16 5 4 4 7 22 14

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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