Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Finland
Finland
Member stationYle
National selection events
National final
  • Euroviisukarsinta
  • 1961–1969
  • 1971–1994
  • 1996
  • 1998
  • 2000
  • 2002
  • 2004–2011
  • Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu
  • 2012–2017
  • 2018–2019 (song)
  • 2020–2022
Internal selection
  • 2018–2019 (artist)
Participation summary
Appearances54 (46 finals)
First appearance1961
Best result1st: 2006
Nul points1963, 1965, 1982
External links
YLE page
Finland's page at Eurovision.tv
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021

Finland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 53 times since its debut in 1961. Finland won the contest for the first – and to date only – time in 2006 with Lordi's "Hard Rock Hallelujah". The country's best result before then was achieved by Marion Rung with the song "Tom Tom Tom" in 1973, which placed sixth.

Finland has finished last in the contest eleven times, receiving nul points in 1963, 1965 and 1982. Since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, Finland has failed to reach the final eight times. In 2014, the country had its best result in eight years when Softengine with "Something Better" finished 11th, a result that would be surpassed seven years later by Blind Channel with "Dark Side", which came sixth in 2021, thereby achieving the country's joint-second best result to date and its first top 10 result since 2006.

In 2015, Finland finished last in the first semi-final with the shortest-ever Eurovision entry, "Aina mun pitää" performed by Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät.

History[edit]

Before the 2006 victory, Finland was considered by many as the ultimate under-achiever of Eurovision. Prior to its triumph, it had placed last a total of eight times, once with nul points after the introduction of the current scoring method. Finland's entry in 1982, "Nuku pommiin" by Kojo, was one of only fifteen songs since the modern scoring system was instituted in 1975 to earn no points. (Norway had placed last eleven times and scored zero points four times, but had also won twice before 2006). Due to low results, Finland was excluded from the contest in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2003.

In 2006, Finland won with the band Lordi and its song "Hard Rock Hallelujah", an entry different from the mainstream Europop that dominated the competition. The song broke records scoring the highest number of points in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, with 292. The record was eventually broken by Norway in 2009, with 387.

In 2015, Finland finished last in the first semi-final with the shortest-ever Eurovision song, the one minute and 27 seconds "Aina mun pitää" performed by Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. Finland reached the final for the first time in four years in 2018, with Saara Aalto placing 25th. After a non-qualification in 2019 with Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman, Finland gained its joint-second best result to date in 2021, with Blind Channel placing 6th.

All of Finland's entries were in English between 1973 and 1976 and again since 2000 (except in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2015); both of these periods allowed submissions in any language. Two entries, 1990 and 2012, were in Swedish, which is an official language in Finland alongside Finnish. All of Finland's other songs have been in Finnish.

Contestants[edit]

Table key
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Winner
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Third place
Last place
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Entry selected but did not compete
Upcoming
Year Artist Title Language Final Points Semi Points
Laila Kinnunen "Valoa ikkunassa" Finnish 10 6 No semi-finals
Marion Rung "Tipi-tii" Finnish 7 4
Laila Halme "Muistojeni laulu" Finnish 13 ◁ 0
Lasse Mårtenson "Laiskotellen" Finnish 7 9
Viktor Klimenko "Aurinko laskee länteen" Finnish 15 ◁ 0
Ann Christine "Playboy" Finnish 10 7
Fredi "Varjoon - suojaan" Finnish 12 3
Kristina Hautala "Kun kello käy" Finnish 16 ◁ 1
Jarkko & Laura "Kuin silloin ennen" Finnish 12 6
Markku Aro & Koivistolaiset "Tie uuteen päivään" Finnish 8 84
Päivi Paunu & Kim Floor "Muistathan" Finnish 12 78
Marion Rung "Tom Tom Tom" English 6 93
Carita "Keep Me Warm" English 13 4
Pihasoittajat "Old Man Fiddle" English 7 74
Fredi & Ystävät "Pump-Pump" English 11 44
Monica Aspelund "Lapponia" Finnish 10 50
Seija Simola "Anna rakkaudelle tilaisuus" Finnish 18 2
Katri Helena "Katson sineen taivaan" Finnish 14 38
Vesa-Matti Loiri "Huilumies" Finnish 19 ◁ 6
Riki Sorsa "Reggae OK" Finnish 16 27
Kojo "Nuku pommiin" Finnish 18 ◁ 0
Ami Aspelund "Fantasiaa" Finnish 11 41
Kirka "Hengaillaan" Finnish 9 46
Sonja Lumme "Eläköön elämä" Finnish 9 58
Kari Kuivalainen "Päivä kahden ihmisen" Finnish 15 22
Vicky Rosti & Boulevard "Sata salamaa" Finnish 15 32
Boulevard "Nauravat silmät muistetaan" Finnish 20 3
Anneli Saaristo "La dolce vita" Finnish 7 76
Beat "Fri?" Swedish 21 ◁ 8
Kaija Kärkinen "Hullu yö" Finnish 20 6
Pave Maijanen "Yamma, yamma" Finnish 23 ◁ 4
Katri Helena "Tule luo" Finnish 17 20 Kvalifikacija za Millstreet
CatCat "Bye Bye Baby" Finnish, English 22 11 No semi-finals
Jasmine "Niin kaunis on taivas" Finnish 23 ◁ 9 22 26
Edea "Aava" Finnish 15 22 No semi-finals
Nina Åström "A Little Bit" English 18 18
Laura "Addicted to You" English 20 24
Jari Sillanpää "Takes 2 to Tango" English Failed to qualify 14 51
Geir Rönning "Why?" English 18 50
Lordi "Hard Rock Hallelujah" English 1 292 1 292
Hanna Pakarinen "Leave Me Alone" English 17 53 Host country[a]
Teräsbetoni "Missä miehet ratsastaa" Finnish 22 35 8 79
Waldo's People "Lose Control" English 25 ◁ 22 12[b] 42
Kuunkuiskaajat "Työlki ellää" Finnish Failed to qualify 11 49
Paradise Oskar "Da Da Dam" English 21 57 3 103
Pernilla Karlsson "När jag blundar" Swedish Failed to qualify 12 41
Krista Siegfrids "Marry Me" English 24 13 9 64
Softengine "Something Better" English 11 72 3 97
Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät "Aina mun pitää" Finnish Failed to qualify 16 ◁ 13
Sandhja "Sing It Away" English 15 51
Norma John "Blackbird" English 12 92
Saara Aalto "Monsters" English 25 46 10 108
Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman "Look Away" English Failed to qualify 17 ◁ 23
Aksel Kankaanranta "Looking Back" English Contest cancelled[c] X
Blind Channel "Dark Side" English 6 301 5 234
TBD February 2022 [1]

Hostings[edit]

Year Location Venue Presenters Image
2007 Helsinki Hartwall Areena Jaana Pelkonen and Mikko Leppilampi ESC 2007 hosts.jpg

Awards[edit]

Marcel Bezençon Awards[edit]

Year Category Song Performer Final Points Host city Ref.
2002 Fan Award "Addicted to You" Laura Voutilainen 20 24 Estonia Tallinn
2006 Press Award "Hard Rock Hallelujah" Lordi 1 292 Greece Athens
2011 Press Award "Da Da Dam" Paradise Oskar 21 57 Germany Düsseldorf

Related involvement[edit]

Conductors[edit]

Year Conductor[d] Notes Ref.
1961 George de Godzinsky [4]
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966 Ossi Runne [e]
1967
1968
1969
1971 [5]
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978 [f]
1979
1980 [6]
1981 Henrik Otto Donner [g]
1982 Ossi Runne
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990 Olli Ahvenlahti [h]
1991
1992
1993
1994
1996
1998

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year Finnish commentator Swedish commentator Spokesperson Ref.
1960 Aarno Walli No broadcast Did not participate
1961 Poppe Berg
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970 No broadcast Did not participate
1971 Heikki Seppälä No spokesperson
1972
1973 Erkki Pohjanheimo
1974 Matti Paalosmaa Aarre Elo
1975 Heikki Seppälä Kaarina Pönniö
1976 Vesa Nuotio Erkki Vihtonen
1977 Erkki Toivanen Kaarina Pönniö
1978
1979 Anja-Maija Leppänen
1980 Heikki Harma, Aarre Elo
1981 Ossi Runne Annemi Genetz
1982 Erkki Toivanen Solveig Herlin
1983 Erkki Pohjanheimo
1984 Heikki Seppälä
1985 Heikki Harma, Kari Lumikero Annemi Genetz
1986 Solveig Herlin
1987 Erkki Toivanen
1988 Erkki Pohjanheimo
1989 Heikki Harma
1990 Erkki Pohjanheimo, Ossi Runne
1991 Erkki Pohjanheimo Heidi Kokki
1992 Erkki Pohjanheimo, Kati Bergman Solveig Herlin
1993 Erkki Pohjanheimo, Kirsi-Maria Niemi
1994
1995 Erkki Pohjanheimo, Olli Ahvenlahti Did not participate
1996 Erkki Pohjanheimo, Sanna Kojo Solveig Herlin
1997 Aki Sirkesalo, Olli Ahvenlahti Did not participate
1998 Maria Guzenina, Sami Aaltonen Marjo Wilska
1999 Jani Juntunen Did not participate
2000 Pia Mäkinen
2001 Jani Juntunen, Asko Murtomäki Did not participate
2002 Maria Guzenina, Asko Murtomäki Thomas Lundin Marion Rung
2003 Did not participate
2004 Markus Kajo, Asko Murtomäki Anna Stenlund
2005 Jaana Pelkonen, Asko Murtomäki, Heikki Paasonen Jari Sillanpää
2006 Nina Tapio
2007 Ellen Jokikunnas, Asko Murtomäki, Heikki Paasonen Laura Voutilainen
2008 Jaana Pelkonen, Asko Murtomäki, Mikko Peltola Mikko Leppilampi
2009 Tobias Larsson Jari Sillanpää
2010 Jaana Pelkonen, Asko Murtomäki Johanna Pirttilahti
2011 Tarja Närhi, Asko Murtomäki Eva Frantz, Johan Lindroos Susan Aho
2012 Tarja Närhi, Tobias Larsson Mr. Lordi
2013 Aino Töllinen, Juuso Mäkilähde Kristiina Wheeler
2014 Sanna Pirkkalainen, Jorma Hietamäki Redrama
2015 Aino Töllinen, Cristal Snow Krista Siegfrids
2016 Mikko Silvennoinen Jussi-Pekka Rantanen
2017 Jenni Vartiainen
2018 Anna Abreu
2019 Mikko Silvennoinen, Krista Siegfrids Christoffer Strandberg
2021 Mikko Silvennoinen Katri Norrlin

Photogallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year.
  2. ^ In 2009, Finland qualified through the back-up jury selection.
  3. ^ The 2020 contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. ^ All conductors are of Finnish nationality unless otherwise noted.
  5. ^ Conducted by George de Godzinsky at the national final.
  6. ^ Conducted by Risto Hiltunen at the national final.
  7. ^ Only year between 1966 and 1989 where Finland participated and Ossi Runne was not their conductor; he instead provided television commentary. Runne still conducted at the national final.
  8. ^ Conducted by Ossi Runne at the national final.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Autio, Anssi (2021-05-24). "The Contest for New Music (UMK) 2022 Rules". Yleisradio. Retrieved 2020-05-25 – via Google Drive.
  2. ^ a b "Marcel Bezençon Awards". eurovision.tv. Archived from the original on 16 July 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Winners of the Marcel Bezençon Awards". eurovision.tv. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  4. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (2012). Songs for Europe: The United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest. Volume One: The 1950s and 1960s. Prestatyn: Telos Publishing. pp. 93–101. ISBN 978-1-84583-065-6. |volume= has extra text (help)
  5. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (2014). Songs for Europe: The United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest. Volume Two: The 1970s. Prestatyn: Telos Publishing. pp. 142–168. ISBN 978-1-84583-093-9. |volume= has extra text (help)
  6. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (2016). Songs for Europe: The United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest. Volume Three: The 1980s. Prestatyn: Telos Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84583-118-9. |volume= has extra text (help)
  7. ^ "Susan Aho ilmoittaa Suomen pisteet Euroviisujen finaalissa" [Susan Aho announces Finland's points in the Eurovision finals]. Yle (in Finnish). 9 May 2011. Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  8. ^ Herbert, Emily (24 April 2019). "Finland: Krista Siegfrids Joins Mikko Silvennoinen in the Eurovision Commentary Booth". eurovoix.com. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Eurovision 2019 Spokespersons – Who will announce the points?". eurovisionworld.com. 18 May 2019. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Yle tarjoaa ison joukon euroviisuihin liittyviä ohjelmia toukokuussa - viisuhuuma huipentuu suoriin lähetyksiin Rotterdamista". yle.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 2021-04-12.

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