Finland: Blind Channel participates in UMK 2021 because of the pandemic!

Blind Channel, the metal rock band, which is the big favorite to represent Finland in Eurovision 2021, opened its papers at Eurovision Buddies! They explain the meaning of the Dark Side, the reasons that led them to participate in UMK 2021, but also their goal in Eurovision, if of course they are selected. Although they say they can not reveal much about their stage appearance, they claim that it will be explosive and will be the biggest thing they have ever done!

Dark Side is very different from what other artists have. That’s why it has become so successful and I really like it!

Finland: Listen to Ilta’s song for UMK 2021!

Moments ago the Finnish broadcaster YLE released the seventh song of UMK, the country’s national final for Eurovision 2021. It is the song of Ilta, Kelle mä soitan.

Ilta’s moving ballad, Kelle mä soitan (“Who Will I Call”) is a specific depiction of what it is like to live in loneliness.

Ilta Elina Fuchs was born in 1997 in Finland. She became famous through her song Sillat (“Bridges”) in a duet with Finnish rap Cheek. Last fall, Ilta released Näitä hetkiä varten’s debut album (“For These Moments”). As a little girl, Ilta sang songs that had a strong presence and a sensitive core, and she wants her music to have the same effect on her audience. Ilta has been thinking for a long time, if she would participate in UMK. In the end, the opportunity to sing to everyone in Finland and the opportunity to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest to an audience of over 180 million people overcame any hesitation.

You could be in the middle of a crowd and feel incredibly alone. It’s one of the most difficult emotions a person can have as we connect with others. I hope my song can offer everyone a little hope and comfort, whether they feel lonely or not. Although it does not contain an explicit message of survival, I hope it can make people feel that they are not alone.

The seven artists who will claim the golden ticket to Rotterdam are:

Oskr – Lie
Teflon Brothers x Pandora – I Love You
Danny – Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua
Laura – Play
Aksel – Hurt
Blind Channel – Dark Side
Ilta – Kelle mä soitan

The songs that will compete in the grand final of UMK 2021, which will be held on February 20, will be announced one every day, as follows:

January 14 – Oskr – Lie
January 15 – Teflon Brothers x Pandora – I Love You
January 18 – Danny – Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua
January 19 – Laura – Play
January 20 – Aksel – Hurt
January 21 – Blind Channel – Dark Side
January 22 – Ilta – Kelle mä soitan

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all the news regarding Finland’s participation in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest to be held in May in the Netherlands.

Eurovision 2021: The song of Blind Channel brought Finland to the top of the bets!

The – so far – situation has been overturned by the release of the Blind Channel song for UMK 2021. The unique heavy metal sound of “Dark Side” has raised Finland to the top of the bets.

Counting almost 115,000 views after its first 21 hours of release, Blind Channel’s participation managed to dethrone the artists who were going to participate in Eurovision 2020 from the top of the betting predictions.

As of noon, Iceland, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Russia were at the top of the betting table. The first two have already chosen their representatives last year, Lithuania is waiting for the song of The Roop and Russia is very likely to recruit the unconventional Little Big for another year.

Within hours, the Nordic country saw its winning odds fall from 30 to 8, climbing to the top of the list of the two betting companies currently providing odds for winning Eurovision 2021.

Of course, we should not ignore the fact that both companies are not purely bookmakers, but odds exchange. In these exchanges, everyone interested bets against other players and not against the platforms.

The sharp drop in Finland’s performance just hours after the official release of the Blind Channel song clearly shows a trend, with fans of the contest wanting Finland to return to its rock roots.

And with the popular band “Suomi” have this very opportunity, to give the Eurovision audience a sound that has been missed a lot from the competition.

Whether Blind Channel will eventually prevail in the Finnish national final and represent their country in the 65th Pan-European Song Contest is unknown. However, the chances are on their side and possibly their dynamics will allow Finland to return to the top ten for the first time since 2006 and the victory of the Lordi in Athens.

Finland: Listen to Blind Channel’s song for UMK 2021!

The sixth song of UMK 2021 leaked on the internet. This is the Blind Channel song, Dark Side, a metal rock song.

You can listen to the song HERE

At 12 tonight it will be released normally from the YLE channel:

The seven artists who will claim the golden ticket to Rotterdam are:

Oskr – Lie
Teflon Brothers x Pandora – I Love You
Danny – Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua
Laura – Play
Aksel – Hurt
Blind Channel – Dark Side
Ilta – Kelle mä soitan

The songs that will compete in the grand final of UMK 2021, which will be held on February 20, will be announced one every day, as follows:

January 14 – Oskr – Lie
January 15 – Teflon Brothers x Pandora – I Love You
January 18 – Danny – Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua
January 19 – Laura – Play
January 20 – Aksel – Hurt
January 21 – Blind Channel – Dark Side
January 22 – Ilta – Kelle mä soitan

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all the news regarding Finland’s participation in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest to be held in May in the Netherlands.

Finland: Listen to Aksel’s song for UMK 2021!

The Finnish broadcaster YLE released the fourth song of UMK, the country’s national final for Eurovision 2021. It is the song of Aksel, Hurt.

Hurt is a powerful but sensitive ballad and you mention how deceptive it can look.

Aksel Kankaanranta was born on January 28, 1998 in Turku, Finland. He was the winner of UMK 2020 and the representative of Finland at the Eurovision 2020 Song Contest in Rotterdam with the song Looking Back. Although his victory last year did not take him to Rotterdam, it gave him other opportunities, such as working with the best producers in Finland where he also released a song in Finnish. Aksel believes he is better prepared and ready to regain his throne as Finland’s next representative in the Eurovision Song Contest.

One may look okay on the outside, but one could still have terrible pain on the inside. When you are in pain, you also end up with those you love. I have had this experience, so I can really identify with this message. My song is also a reminder that you do not need to be anyone but you, Aksel concludes.

The seven artists who will claim the golden ticket to Rotterdam are:

Oskr – Lie
Teflon Brothers x Pandora – I Love You
Danny – Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua
Laura – Play
Aksel – Hurt
Blind Channel – Dark Side
Ilta – Kelle mä soitan

The songs that will compete in the grand final of UMK 2021, which will be held on February 20, will be announced one every day, as follows:

January 14 – Oskr – Lie
January 15 – Teflon Brothers x Pandora – I Love You
January 18 – Danny – Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua
January 19 – Laura – Play
January 20 – Aksel – Hurt
January 21 – Blind Channel – Dark Side
January 22 – Ilta – Kelle mä soitan

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all the news regarding Finland’s participation in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest to be held in May in the Netherlands.

Finland: Listen to Laura’s song for UMK 2021!

Some minutes ago, the Finnish broadcaster YLE released the fourth song of UMK 2021, the country’s national final for Eurovision 2021. It is Laura’s song, “Play”.

Play is an irresistible combination of country and pop music. Its lyrics focus on a relationship inside and outside where one person is bored with constantly forgiving the other.

I want my fans to open their hearts to me and find the strength and support they need to move on in their lives and relationships.

Laura Põldvere, born in August 30, 1988, is known as Laura, and is an Estonian singer. She represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 as a member of the band Suntribe and again represented her country at Eurovision 2017 in a duet with Koit Toome with the song “Verona”.

She is one of the most popular artists on Estonian radios in the last decade. Also her first album in 2007 was one of the most popular albums of the decade. Laura has been in Finland for a long time since she was a little girl. Today, she usually spends half a year in Finland as part of her music and professional career. Her tenth album, released in the winter of 2019, was created in Finland and she has also started learning Finnish. Laura believes that joining UMK will help strengthen her position in her new homeland. The last spark for her participation in was lit last spring, when she participated in the international jury of UMK.

The seven artists who will claim the golden ticket to Rotterdam are:

Oskr – Lie
Teflon Brothers x Pandora – I Love You
Danny – Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua
Laura – Play
Aksel – Hurt
Blind Channel – Dark Side
Ilta – Kelle mä soitan

The songs that will compete in the grand final of UMK 2021, which will be held on February 20, will be announced one every day, as follows:

January 14 – Oskr – Lie
January 15 – Teflon Brothers x Pandora – I Love You
January 18 – Danny – Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua
January 19 – Laura – Play
January 20 – Aksel – Hurt
January 21 – Blind Channel – Dark Side
January 22 – Ilta – Kelle mä soitan

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all the news regarding Finland’s participation in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest to be held in May in the Netherlands.

Finland: Listen to Danny’s song for UMK 2021!

Some mintes ago, the Finnish broadcaster YLE released the third song of UMK, the country’s national final for Eurovision 2021. It is Danny’s song, “Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua”.

“Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua” (The day everyone loves me) is a song with a unique and melancholic rhythm that according to Danny, is not a farewell song. Lkka Johannes Lipsanen, born September 24, 1942, known as Danny, is a Finnish singer and guitarist. Although you may not believe it he is still active in the song industry. Danny’s career is one of the longest in Finland and it is certainly over 50 years old. He has recorded many successful songs. He has done thousands of concerts in more than 20 countries around the world and has collaborated with the best Finnish composers and producers since the 60’s. With over 100 songs in the top charts of the country.

It’s about how life is a gift, but how you can never be sure how long it will last – only that it will end. My song aims to be humorous with a real theme. Although its lyrics may not represent Eurovision, it is an ambitious endeavor that represents a perspective rarely approached in pop music.

Danny

The seven artists who will claim the golden ticket to Rotterdam are:

Oskr – Lie
Teflon Brothers x Pandora – I Love You
Danny – Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua
Laura – Play
Aksel – Hurt
Blind Channel – Dark Side
Ilta – Kelle mä soitan

The songs that will compete in the grand final of UMK 2021, which will be held on February 20, will be announced one every day, as follows:

January 14 – Oskr – Lie
January 15 – Teflon Brothers x Pandora – I Love You
January 18 – Danny – Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua
January 19 – Laura – Play
January 20 – Aksel – Hurt
January 21 – Blind Channel – Dark Side
January 22 – Ilta – Kelle mä soitan

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all the news regarding Finland’s participation in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest to be held in May in the Netherlands.

Finland: Listen to Teflon Brothers x Pandora’s song for UMK 2021!

Recently, the Finnish broadcaster YLE released the second song of UMK, the country’s national final for Eurovision 2021. It is the song of Teflon Brothers x Pandora, “I Love You”.

“I Love You” is not just an instant catchy melody, it aims to help people better express their feelings and become more open and courageous.

We are the Teflon brothers and we represent the people of Finland. And what better way to represent your audience than to be officially crowned Finland’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest?
Our mission is to bring people to joy, celebration and love. We want to tell everyone that love does not care about the language you speak or your appearance. It is the power of non-verbal cues or, as Pandora likes to call it, mental interaction.

The Teflon brothers have been holding the party in Finland for over a decade and now they want to bring their message of love all over Europe!  The idea for I Love You and participating in the UMK has been around for a long time. The seeds of cooperation between the Teflon brothers and Pandora were planted four years ago, in a random meeting behind the scenes.

The seven artists who will claim the golden ticket to Rotterdam are:

Oskr – Lie
Teflon Brothers x Pandora – I Love You
Danny – Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua
Laura – Play
Aksel – Hurt
Blind Channel – Dark Side
Ilta – Kelle mä soitan

The songs that will compete in the grand final of UMK 2021, which will be held on February 20, will be announced one every day, as follows:

January 14 – Oskr – Lie
January 15 – Teflon Brothers x Pandora – I Love You
January 18 – Danny – Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua
January 19 – Laura – Play
January 20 – Aksel – Hurt
January 21 – Blind Channel – Dark Side
January 22 – Ilta – Kelle mä soitan

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all the news regarding Finland’s participation in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest to be held in May in the Netherlands.

Finland: Listen to Osk’s song for UMK 2021!

Some minutes ago, the Finnish national broadcaster YLE released the first song of UMK, the country’s national final for Eurovision 2021. It is Oskr’s song, Lie.

Oskari Ruohonen, also known as Oskr, is a singer and songwriter from the city of Turku. He has been a member of popular bands such as Yournalist and Traffic Island. Oskr is an extremely talented and organic person from a family of musicians. He has written, produced and performed himself and his brother in both Finnish and English. The UMK Competition will serve as the next step in Oscar’s career as he returns to his roots, to perform in English. Oskr idols include James Blake, Bon Iver and Jon Bellion.

Unfortunately, most people do not have the guts to say what they really feel, especially when the stakes are high. They usually end up saying what they think the other person wants to hear. This is something that is universal for all people and cultures, which makes the Eurovision Song Contest the perfect place for my song and its message.

Oskr

The seven artists who will claim the golden ticket to Rotterdam are:

OskrLie
Teflon Brothers x PandoraI Love You
DannySinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua
LauraPlay
AkselHurt
Blind Channel Dark Side
IltaKelle mä soitan

The songs that will compete in the grand final of UMK 2021, which will be held on February 20, will be announced one every day, as follows:

January 14 – Oskr – Lie
January 15 – Teflon Brothers x Pandora – I Love You
January 18 – Danny – Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua
January 19 – Laura – Play
January 20 – Aksel – Hurt
January 21 – Blind Channel – Dark Side
January 22 – Ilta – Kelle mä soitan

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all the news regarding Finland’s participation in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest to be held in May in the Netherlands.

Editorial: How fair will the “live on tape video” be for Eurovision 2021?

The announcement of the EBU and the Dutch organizers for the live on tape video that will be made by the 41 participants of Eurovision 2021, although it ensures that the contest will take place even in the worst case scenario regarding the course of the pandemic, but leaves many questions in the part of justice and equal conditions that should govern the competition.

What exactly is live on tape video?

According to what was announced, all participating broadcasters were asked to record a live performance of their entry in their country. This recording will be delivered before the contest and will take place in a studio. The recording will take place in real time (as it would in the Contest) without making changes to the vocals or any part of the show itself after the recording.

There will be freedom in the delegations, to present as they consider their entries better, but instructions will be given which will ensure the fairness and integrity of the competition. There will be no audience and the recording should be unique and not be published before the event in May.

Delegations are allowed to use similar technical capabilities and dimensions that would be available on stage in Rotterdam, but are also free to choose a more limited production facility. Video recordings must not contain augmented or virtual reality, overlays, confetti, drone shots, water, color use or green screen.

How to ensure meritocracy and fairness in the contest?

In addition to the above, the EBU also announced a series of safety valves, which will ensure that the 41 live video tapes will have been made under the same conditions. Indicatively, we mention that those present in the video recording will be a representative of the Dutch public broadcaster, while the shooting will be watched by the executive supervisor of the contest, as well as a representative from an independent voting observer (E&Y). The duration of the shooting will be one hour and at this time the participants will be able to videotape up to three times their appearance. The selection of the shot will be made by the Head of Delegation and another authorized representative.

Our doubts about live on tape video

First of all, let’s say that even under normal conditions, not everyone competes on equal terms. What do we mean by that? We see in recent years on the eurovision stage, impressive appearances, with the help of the use of technology. Technology that not all broadcasters can use. Fro example Serbian public broadcaster cannot spend the money that Swedish public broadcaster spends. Albanian television cannot spend the money spent by Russian or Azerbaijani television and so on.

So, many times the countries participating in the contest can start from different points of view, but what mitigates the above a bit is that they share the same stage and it is ensured that everyone sings live. With the advancement of technology, and given that each country can use any studio it wants, even that is in question.

We read that Russia uses virtual reality in its appearance for Junior Eurovision 2020, where the contest will take place via live on tape video. An effect that other countries probably will not have at their disposal, for economic and technical reasons.

Of course for the live on tape videos of Eurovision 2021 the EBU has banned such special effects. However, LEDs are not prohibited and it is possible for different sized scenes, something that, as you understand, will differentiate the final result.

What we all hope is that everything you read remains on a theoretical level only. The situation with the pandemic to improve and to have a Eurovision as close to normal as possible, with the 41 artists performing their songs on the stage of the Ahoy Arena!

What is your opinion about the live on tape video? Are equal conditions guaranteed for all?