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AdamAloud
post Nov 6 2015, 01:45 PM
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Sandhja - Sing It Away

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So after the SHAMBLES of tossing aside a potential winner in Satin Circus last year, only to crash and burn in the semis (Lex may gloat ONCE and then move on), Finland will be looking to get back into the grand final in Stockholm.

The competing artists for 2016's UMK are being announced tonight 5pm UK time.
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post Nov 6 2015, 03:49 PM
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Oh don't worry, I got my gloating out of the way by the time the final was over.

Finland usually has at least a few good'uns so moderately hyped for this.
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post Nov 6 2015, 09:49 PM
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The entries are now being revealed on December 1st apparently, although Krista has been confirmed as one of the UMK 2016 co-hosts so that'll be fun!
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post Nov 6 2015, 11:17 PM
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Aww I was getting all excited.

Wishlisting Amberian Dawn, Turisas and Battle Beast.
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I just want Satin Circus to return and get their deserved victory! sad.gif
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post Nov 7 2015, 01:01 PM
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QUOTE(Ryan. @ Nov 6 2015, 09:49 PM) *
The entries are now being revealed on December 1st apparently, although Krista has been confirmed as one of the UMK 2016 co-hosts so that'll be fun!


I've read 12th January on esctoday. Hope it is December though! kink.gif
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post Nov 7 2015, 04:30 PM
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Oh it probably is, I just saw 1/12 stated on ESCForum and assumed it was our date format rather than the other way around! kink.gif
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post Jan 12 2016, 01:16 PM
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Semi 1 - 6 February
Clemso - Thief
Eini - Draamaa
Mikko Herranen - Evil Tone
Pää-Äijät - Shamppanjataivas
Saara Aalto - No Fear
Stella Christine - Ain't Got Time For Boys

Semi 2 - 13 February
Annica Milan & Kimmo Blom - Good Enough
Attention 2 - Ready For The Show
Cristal Snow - Love Is Blind
Mikael Saari - On It Goes
Rafaela Truda - Rise Up
Ylona - Blazing Fire

Semi 3 - 20 February
Barbe-Q-Barbies - Let Me Out
Gusani Brothers - Poom Poom
Lieminen - Pehmeiden arvojen vaalijat
Pietarin Spektaakkeli - Liian kuuma
Sandhja - Sing It Away
Tuuli Okkonen - Don't Wake Me Up

Listen to the entries here.
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post Jan 12 2016, 02:37 PM
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A lot of very strong songs from my brief listen through.

Mikael Saari has more of the same from 2013. Not as good as 'We Should Be Through' by any means but I can still see that challenging for this. Cristal Snow would make a good continuation for Finland always sending same sex kiss songs in Sweden. Rafaela, Sandhja and Tuuli are the best of the rest.
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We Should Be Through really should have gone to Eurovision in its year. But this new one sounds just as good so I'll be very happy if Finland sends him.

Taking a listen to the others that look promising, Good Enough sounds... good enough, bit basic duet but could work. Liian Kuuma is the sort of ridiculous shit I could find really endearing but everyone else would probably hate.

Obviously though, as it's Finland (and they seem too short on these sorts of options this year sadly) I think it's all about Barbe-Q-Barbies. They sound very cool and rocky and... totally tailored to me.
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post Jan 16 2016, 06:16 PM
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Just checked out Mikael's song out of interest and wow! I've heard lots of good songs from the national selections this year - and if countries pick right we will be in for an insanely strong year - but I think 'On It Goes' is the first song I've heard that I've thought could actually win Eurovision. It is similar to 'We Should Be Through' (which I've actually only listened to all the way through for the first ever time right now) but it has that little more power for me while retaining the intense emotion, and the production is so beautiful. It feels very Norwegian in that it has that same feel and sound to their recent entries particularly with Carl and Morland/Debrah.

I hope Finland don't go for the closest thing they can find to a rock song as they have a certain Eurovision top 10 in their hands here, and possibly a lot more than that!
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QUOTE(Ryan. @ Jan 16 2016, 06:16 PM) *
I hope Finland don't go for the closest thing they can find to a rock song as they have a certain Eurovision top 10 in their hands here, and possibly a lot more than that!


That closest thing they could find to a rock song is also the ONLY (notable) rock song in a NF from the biggest rock-loving nation on the continent, and it's also an incredibly brilliant Halestorm-like bit of femrock grunge. I think they could do it. With this and Avantasia, NF season is finally really starting for me.

I want this. I mean, them or Mikael, but the Barbies would be preferable. Which is reminding me of 2013 even more when I wanted Arion or Mikael, so Finland, please don't find a Krista somewhere among the rest. You got 30-odd other nations to do that with.
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I wouldn't dare go so far as to call it a potential winner out of context but I can certainly see 'On it Goes' doing similarly to 'Kuula' (if not slightly better what with being in English). Even if there's a lot of ballads, as is always the risk in Eurovision these days, it's still got something unique about it to stand out.

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So tonight there was this preview show on YLE where some people (idk if there's a jury involved in some form in the shows or not, or even if these people will be that jury) as well as the public voted on the music videos. Won't give you all of them but these were the top 5 of the Jury and Public

JURY
01 Cristal Snow - Love Is Blind (46/50)
02 Sandhja - Sing it Away (46/50)
03 Barbe Q Barbies - Let Me Out (42/50)
04 Mikael Saari - On It Goes (38/50)
05 Rafaela Truda - Rise Up (38/50)

PUBLIC
01 Cristal Snow - Love Is Blind
02 Pietarin Spektaakkeli - Liian kuuma
03 Mikael Saari - On It Goes
04 Annica & Kimmo - Good Enough
05 Pää-Äijät - Shamppanjataivas

Obviously in a live setting the rankings may change but Cristal Snow topping the public vote is pretty interesting. The song made a really good impact on me on first listen so if the live version is good then I can see it doing very well.
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post Jan 31 2016, 02:23 AM
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I hadn't listened to that song yet, but on first listen I can see why, especially given that's voting on the music videos (in which case, well done Finland). The song on its own is... okay, against Mikael (as the only other song in both top 5s) it may not stand out as much unless they bring what's on the video down to the UMK staging. In which case it looks like an interesting battle shaping up.
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Haven't really been following this yet (boo me!) but out of the songs I've listened to Sandhja is my favourite. Mikael Saari is strong too.
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post Feb 27 2016, 12:05 AM
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TONIGHT'S NATIONAL FINAL...



FINLAND
Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu


27th February 2016
Begins at 7pm in the UK, 8pm in Central Europe and 9pm in Finland
The show is scheduled to last 2 hours 15 minutes

Watch the selection on Eurovision.tv or via the official YLE webcast


Running Order
Click ♫ to listen to each song!

01 | Cristal Snow - Love Is Blind
02 | Stella Christine - Ain't Got Time For Boys
03 | Annica Milán & Kimmo Blom - Good Enough
04 | Eini - Draamaa
05 | Barbe-Q-Barbies - Let Me Out
06 | Tuuli Okkonen - Don't Wake Me Up
07 | Sandhja - Sing It Away
08 | Saara Aalto - No Fear
09 | Mikael Saari - On It Goes

Voting
There will be a single round of voting consisting of 50% jury voting and 50% televoting. The jury voting will be the combination of votes from ten different groups within Finnish society and these are Eurovision Experts, Musicians, Media, YouTube Personalities, Finland Swedes, LGBT, Members of Parliament, Asphalt Constructors, Children and Social Media Users.

Potential Winners?
According to various bookmakers this is expected to be a close affair between Saara Aalto and Mikael Saari with odds for both averaging around Evens, with the slight edge being given to Saara. If there was to be a surprise, Sandhja is next in line to take victory on odds around 4/1 followed by Cristal Snow, Barbe-Q-Barbies and Annica Milán & Kimmo Blom who are all averaging around the 8/1 or 9/1 mark.

Guest Performances
During the show, there will be a guest performance by 2015 Finnish Eurovision representatives Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät as well as a performance by 2006 Eurovision winners Lordi.

Further details available at ESC Today
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post Feb 27 2016, 07:12 PM
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Lordi segwaying into a non-HRH for the opening performance *.*

(yes I'm ditching Melfest, I'll catch up on my Eclipse boys and Gina Dirawi in leather later, no spoilers plz)
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Good Enough sounds so much better from that brief studio version listen. If we were still doing the duet overload from last year I'd want that in there actually.

Other two so far haven't been that great or standout... enjoyable but flops.
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