Eurovision 2023: Finland’s First Rehearsal!

Closing the First Rehearsals from Semi-Final 1 is Finland, with Käärijä and his Finnish rap song “Cha Cha Cha”.

Who is Käärijä?

Jere Pöyhönen is known in the music industry as Käärijä, which it means someone who rolls or wraps something up. He is a Finnish rapper, singer and songwritter. Käärijä grew up in a neighbourhoud outside Helsinki, while his passion for music kept increasing. He learned how to play the drums and started producing music in 2014. In 2020, he released his debut album called Fantastista. 

On January, Käärijä was announced as one of the seven participants in the Finnish National Selection Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2023 where he managed to finish in the first place with a landslide of 539 points (467 from the public and 72 from the juries).

The Rehearsal

Unfortunately this year, accredited journalists don’t get the chance to watch the first and second rehearsals, so we only get the information and content that the organizers officaly release to the public.

It’s known that the acid green bolero jacket from UMK has made it to Liverpool, along with four pink-clad dancers. There’s also a stack of pallets and a huge wooden box and in the begining of the song the singer is inside it, then he climbs on top and throws a few moves before returning to the floor and leading his dancers in a routine.

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Corinne Cumming / EBU

As Käärijä said “It’s crazy, it’s party”, because the lyrics are essentially a bar crawl where Käärijä starts out with a few piña coladas and ends up pouring champagne all over himself, at which point the thumping techno/rap first half transforms into a joyful schlager anthem to the end. What a great way to close Semi Final 1

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Corinne Cumming / EBU

Below you can watch a small clip from the Finnish first rehearsal, once it’s published on TikTok:


The second rehearsal for Finland will be held on the 3th of May, when we will know how things will appear on screen for the Finnish entry.

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