Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

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Eurovision Song Contest 2006
Country Finland
National selection
Selection processEuroviisut 2006
Selection date(s)Semi-finals:
13 January 2006
20 January 2006
27 January 2006
3 February 2006
Final:
10 March 2006
Selected entrantLordi
Selected song"Hard Rock Hallelujah"
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (1st, 292 points)
Final result1st, 292 points
Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2005 2006 2007►

Finland was represented by Lordi in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with the song "Hard Rock Hallelujah". The song, written and composed by band member Mr. Lordi, went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006, placing first in both the semifinal and final. This gave Finland its first ever win in the competition.

Before Eurovision[edit]

Euroviisut 2006[edit]

Lordi represented Finland at Eurovision 2006.

Euroviisut 2006 was the national final that selects Finland's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006. The competition consisted of five shows that commenced with the first of four semi-finals on 13 January 2006 and concluded with a final on 10 March 2006. The semi-final shows were held at the Tohloppi Studios in Tampere, while the final was held at the Caribia Hall in Turku. The five shows were hosted by Heikki Paasonen and Jaana Pelkonen.

Format[edit]

The format of the competition consisted of five shows: four semi-finals and a final. Three acts with two songs each competed in each semi-final and one song by one act from each semi-final qualified to complete the twelve-song lineup in the final. The results for the semi-finals and final were determined exclusively by a public vote.[1] Public voting included the options of telephone and SMS voting.

Competing entries[edit]

A submission period was opened by Yle which lasted between 12 August 2005 and 1 December 2005. At least one of the writers had to hold Finnish citizenship or live in Finland permanently in order for the entry to qualify to compete and songs performed in Finnish and Swedish were given priority. A panel of experts appointed by Yle selected twenty entries for the competition from the received submissions and performers of the selected songs were chosen by Yle in consultation with record companies.[2] The competing artists were presented on 7 November 2005 and the competing songs were presented on 5 January 2006.[3][4]

Artist Song Composer(s)
Annika Eklund "Shanghain valot" Kerkko Koskinen, Kyösti Salokorpi
"Sinussa on jotain" Esa Nieminen, Sinikka Svärd
Jane "Sivuoireita" Niclas Bergwall, Niclas Kings, Curtis A. Richardson, Pekka Eronen
"V.I.P." Kyösti Salokorpi, Lee Jyrkkä
Jennie "Look At Your Love" Janne Hyöty, Jens Smedman, Sofie Björkgren-Näse
"Take Me Higher" Janne Hyöty, Thomas Karlsson, Jimmy Westerlund
Johanna Pakonen "Kerta viimeinen" Pertti Haverinen, Ilkka Vainio
"Liian monta yötä" Pertti Haverinen, Ilkka Vainio
Katariina Hänninen "Liian aikaisin" Antti Vuorenmaa, Ilkka Vainio
"Pala taivasta" Risto Asikainen, Ilkka Vainio
Kilpi "Katharsis" Pete Kilpi, Taage Laiho
"Toinen minä" Pete Kilpi, Taage Laiho
Lordi "Bringing Back the Balls to Rock" Mr. Lordi
"Hard Rock Hallelujah" Mr. Lordi
Marita Taavitsainen "Antaudun" Antero Laakso
"Enkeli itkee" Ile Kallio, Kaija Kärkinen
Nina & Hanna-Riikka "This Is What We Came For" Niklas Rosström, Geir Rönning
"Who I Am" Miqael Persson, Eric Mårtensson
Safe Six "I Can't Wait" Gary Revel Jr., Jukka Heikkilä
"Livin' It Up" Gary Revel Jr., Jukka Heikkilä
Tomi Metsäketo "Eternamente Maria" Kisu Jernström, Petri Kaivanto
"Un posto fra le nuvole" Francesco Morettini, Luca Angelosanti, Tomi Metsäketo
Ville Pusa & Christa Renwall "Eternally" Ville Pusa, Patric Sarin
Ville Pusa "Over You" Ville Pusa, Patric Sarin

Semi-final 1[edit]

The first semi-final show took place on 13 January 2006 and one song per artist qualified to the final based on the results from the public vote. "Eternamente Maria" performed by Tomi Metsäketo, "Hard Rock Hallelujah" performed by Lordi and "Take Me Higher" performed by Jennie qualified to the final.

Semi-final 1 – 13 January 2006
Draw Artist Song Televote Result
1 Tomi Metsäketo "Eternamente Maria" 60% Advanced
2 Jennie "Look At Your Love" 23% Eliminated
3 Lordi "Hard Rock Hallelujah" 58% Advanced
4 Tomi Metsäketo "Un posto fra le nuvole" 40% Eliminated
5 Jennie "Take Me Higher" 77% Advanced
6 Lordi "Bringing Back the Balls to Rock" 42% Eliminated

Semi-final 2[edit]

The second semi-final show took place on 20 January 2006 and one song per artist qualified to the final based on the results from the public vote. "Kerta viimeinen" performed by Johanna Pakonen, "Eternally" performed by Ville Pusa & Christa Renwall and "Who I Am" performed by Nina & Hanna-Riikka qualified to the final.

Semi-final 2 – 20 January 2006
Draw Artist Song Televote Result
1 Johanna Pakonen "Liian monta yötä" 35% Eliminated
2 Ville Pusa "Over You" 16% Eliminated
3 Nina & Hanna-Riikka "This Is What We Came For" 33% Eliminated
4 Johanna Pakonen "Kerta viimeinen" 65% Advanced
5 Ville Pusa & Christa Renwall "Eternally" 84% Advanced
6 Nina & Hanna-Riikka "Who I Am" 67% Advanced

Semi-final 3[edit]

The third semi-final show took place on 27 January 2006 and one song per artist qualified to the final based on the results from the public vote. "Shanghain valot" performed by Annika Eklund, "V.I.P." performed by Jane and "Katharsis" performed by Kilpi qualified to the final.

Semi-final 3 – 27 January 2006
Draw Artist Song Televote Result
1 Annika Eklund "Shanghain valot" 87% Advanced
2 Jane "V.I.P." 71% Advanced
3 Kilpi "Toinen minä" 38% Eliminated
4 Annika Eklund "Sinussa on jotain" 13% Eliminated
5 Jane "Sivuoireita" 29% Eliminated
6 Kilpi "Katharsis" 62% Advanced

Semi-final 4[edit]

The fourth semi-final show took place on 3 February 2006 and one song per artist qualified to the final based on the results from the public vote. "Enkeli itkee" performed by Marita Taavitsainen, "Pala taivasta" performed by Katariina Hänninen and "I Can't Wait" performed by Safe Six qualified to the final.

Semi-final 4 – 3 February 2006
Draw Artist Song Televote Result
1 Marita Taavitsainen "Enkeli itkee" 54% Advanced
2 Katariina Hänninen "Pala taivasta" 55% Advanced
3 Safe Six "Livin' It Up" 45% Eliminated
4 Marita Taavitsainen "Antaudun" 46% Eliminated
5 Katariina Hänninen "Liian aikaisin" 45% Eliminated
6 Safe Six "I Can't Wait" 45% Advanced

Final[edit]

The final took place on 10 March 2006 at the Caribia Hall in Turku where the twelve entries that qualified from the preceding four semi-finals competed. The winner was selected over two rounds of public voting. In the first round, the top six entries were selected to proceed to the second round: "Eternamente Maria" performed by Tomi Metsäketo, "Take Me Higher" performed by Jennie, "Hard Rock Hallelujah" performed by Lordi, "Shanghain valot" performed by Annika Eklund, "V.I.P." performed by Jane and "Katharsis" performed by Kilpi. In the second round, "Hard Rock Hallelujah" performed by Lordi was selected as the winner.[5]

First Round – 10 March 2006
Draw Artist Song Televote Place
1 Tomi Metsäketo "Eternamente Maria" 4,835 2
2 Jennie "Take Me Higher" 4,311 3
3 Lordi "Hard Rock Hallelujah" 29,150 1
4 Johanna Pakonen "Kerta Viimeinen" 1,456 9
5 Ville Pusa & Christa Renwall "Eternally" 1,308 10
6 Nina & Hanna-Riikka "Who I Am" 1,793 7
7 Annika Eklund "Shanghain valot" 4,145 4
8 Jane "V.I.P." 2,774 5
9 Kilpi "Katharsis" 1,816 6
10 Marita Taavitsainen "Enkeli itkee" 516 12
11 Katariina Hänninen "Liian Aikaisin" 970 11
12 Safe Six "I Can't Wait" 1,480 8
Second Round – 10 March 2006
Draw Artist Song Televote Place
1 Annika Eklund "Shanghain valot" 19,565 3
2 Kilpi "Katharsis" 4,685 6
3 Jane "V.I.P." 6,308 5
4 Lordi "Hard Rock Hallelujah" 67,369 1
5 Jennie "Take Me Higher" 15,138 4
6 Tomi Metsäketo "Eternamente Maria" 45,431 2

At Eurovision[edit]

Because Finland failed to qualify in 2005, Lordi was forced to compete in the Eurovision semi-final, performing 16th following Ukraine and preceding Netherlands. Finland qualified to the final, placing 1st in the semi-final and scoring 292 points.[6] In the final, Finland performed 17th, following Greece and preceding Ukraine. Lordi received 292 points, winning the contest for Finland.[7]

Voting[edit]

Points awarded to Finland[edit]

Points awarded by Finland[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FINNISH SEMI-FINALS 2006".
  2. ^ Bakker, Sietse (12 August 2005). "Finnish selection details 2006 revealed". Esctoday.
  3. ^ Bakker, Sietse (7 November 2005). "YLE named 12 performers for 2006 selection". Esctoday.
  4. ^ Bakker, Sietse (5 January 2006). "Finnish list complete!". Esctoday.
  5. ^ "FINNISH NATIONAL FINAL 2006".
  6. ^ "Semi-Final of Athens 2006". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 21 April 2021. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Grand Final of Athens 2006". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 21 April 2021. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Results of the Semi-Final of Athens 2006". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 21 April 2021. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  9. ^ a b "Results of the Grand Final of Athens 2006". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 21 April 2021. Retrieved 21 April 2021.