Finland: Käärijä wins “You’re a Vision Award 2023”!

Following the end of the famous “Barbara Dex Award“, given each year to the worst dressed contestant, we now have for the second consecutive year the “You’re A Vision Award“. The later highlights diversity and creativity among Eurovision contestants and crowns those who take the risk and experiment with their outfits.

Käärijä from Finland might have lost from Loreen in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, but is proudly announced as the winner of the “You’re A Vision Award 2023“. His striking green bolero jacket was his own trademark, was deeply connected to his “Cha Cha Cha” performance and became a trend in and out of Finland.

The rest of the Top 3 according to the fans’ voting was the following:

  • in second place we had Let 3 from Croatia
  • and in third place we had Gustaph from Belgium

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Finland: Käärijä’s first Concert after Eurovision will be streamed worldwide!

It’s crazy, it’s party!

Käärijä will offer his first concert after Eurovision on Saturday 20th of May live from Helsinki Ice Hall.

Not only that but fans all over the world can watch the concert through Finnish broadcaster Yle.  The Finnish Broadcasing company will broadcast Käärijä’s concert next saturday.  Käärijä will perform among other songs his Eurovision hit Cha Cha Cha together with the dancers that joined him onstage in Liverpool.

Käärijä promised we will have an experience full of energy, surprises and fun

‘In Liverpool everyone got to see an absolutely fantastic and crazy Eurovision show. On Saturday, we will take over the Helsinki Ice Hall and raise the mood up to the ceiling,‘ says Käärijä.

The concert can be watched at Yle Areena worldwide.

Käärijä represented Finland during the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.  He finished in second place in the Grand Final and won the televote giving Finland their best result at the Eurovision Song Contest since Finland’s 2006 victory with Lordi.

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Loreen: “It didn’t bother me that the audience was singing Cha Cha Cha”!

Loreen gave her first interview on Swedish TV after being the winner of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and talked about the moment when during her victory the croud on the arena was singing “Cha Cha Cha”.

More specifically, Loreen said that:

“I mean Käärijä is so (f-word) awesome! An amazing performance. And it’s nice, when acts get such support. You can’t just go “Shush shush, you can only think I’m good“, that’s not how it works!

No, no. That doesn’t bother me. I have to work a little on my ego.”

Finally, she was also asked what message she would like to send to the Finnish representative and she stated:

To Käärijä I’d like to say that it’s not every day, that you see creators be that authentic on stage, and he has an authentic expression. He is himself. It’s pure all the way through, and that’s why people cheer for him. That happens when you are authentic. So I know things will go well for him. Things will go really damn well for Käärijä!”

During the rehearsals and the pre-parties we have seen several times the two artists coming in contact and chatting, showing the excellent relations they have with each other.

Source: Aftonbet

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Finland: The highest viewing figures for the Grand Final since 2007!

Almost 2.8 million viewers watched the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool. It was the most popular final since 2007, when the country hosted the contest in its capital, Helsinki.

Here are the viewing figures we know for the Grand Final:

Germany – 7.96 million
Italy – 4.9 million
United Kingdom – 11 million

The competition ended at midnight on Saturday night, with Sweden crowned the winner with 583 points. Just behind in second place was Finland with 526 points. Finland was represented in this year’s competition by Käärijä and his song “Cha Cha Cha“. He took 1st place in the public vote, receiving the second highest score in Eurovision history. With the jury’s 4th place, Finland finished in 2nd place this year.

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Finland: UMK to be the selection process for the Eurovision 2024 Finnish entry!

Shortly after the completion of the Eurovision 2023 Grand Final,the Finnish broadcaster YLE confirms “UMK” as the national selection process for the Eurovision 2024 entry,with submissions opening from 21 to 24 August.

Finland was represented by the 30-year old Kaarija.His song “Cha Cha Cha” won him 526 points,376 of which came from the televote.He reached the second place,only behind Sweden.

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Finland: Citizens gone mad as the Country remains among the favorites to win Eurovision 2023!

After Käärijä’s explosive performance in the First Semi-Final, he has emerged as the big favorite to win the 67th Eurovision Song Contest trophy competing against Sweden with Loreen.

Cities around Finland have been deched out in the artist’s trademark green bolero. Citizens are confident that they will have the best result in the competition after Lordi’s victory in Athens in 2006.

In particular, in Tampere,the central streets were decorated with green light, while a public screening of the Grand Final is also set up. In the city of Pori, The Joemsuu and Vaasa statues have been dressed in the artist’s green bolero.

These are just a few examples of the Finns’ preperation for the -possible- victory. Next up are green Cha Cha Cha-styled nails, free Käärijä-styled haircuts, decorated trees and various monuments with boleros, a Ρiña Colada drink called “Cha Cha Cha” and much more.

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Source: YLE


Finland: Can the Press Center “Cha Cha Cha”

Fans and viewers vibed with Cha Cha Cha durin the First Semifinal of Eurovision 2023.  But how familiar are you with the lyrics of Käärijä’s song.

We chat with some of the members at the press center and here are some of their reactions when we invited them to teach us how to “Cha Cha Cha”

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Eurovision 2023: Finland is now first on My Eurovision Scoreboard!

In the most popular ranking application of Eurovision entries, the well-known My Eurovision Scoreboard, the first place for this year was occupied by Loreen, where with “Tattoo” as she was there from the first moment of her victory in Melodifestivalen 2023.

One of the biggest, if no longer the biggest, favorites to win this year’s competition was so far in the first place. And we say “was”, as a few minutes ago she was pinned down by another favorite. It is none other than Finland, where Kaarija with “Cha Cha Cha” is clearly now a highly measurable opponent for the victory next Saturday in Liverpool.

Sweden and Finland are also going head-to-head in the bookies for both the semi-final win and the grand final win, with Finland winning the first and Sweden the second.

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Eurovision 2023: Finland’s Second Rehearsal!

Closing the First Semi Final with an explosive performance 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 was confirmed for the first rehearsal that, the acid green bolero jacket from UMK along with four pink-clad dancers are accompaning with the singer. There is a new prop compared to the national final performance, a huge wooden box among with a stack with paletes are placed on stage. 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.

Finland Second Rehearsal 2

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At the end of the song, he pours himself with champagne, at which point the thumping techno/rap first half transforms into a joyful schlager anthem to the end. A “crazy” and “party” way to close the first semi final!

Finland Second Rehearsal 1


Below you can watch a small clip from the Finish second rehearsal, once it’s published on YouTube:

The Dress Rehearsal for Finland and the rest of Semi Final 1 will be held on the 8th of May.

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Eurovision 2023: The odds after the first rehearsals of the countries of the first semifinal!

The first rehearsals for the countries of the first semifinal have been completed and, as it is expected, the odds have been refreshed for those ones. It is the second year in a row that the press center has been closed so there is no more information about the perfomances than the TikTok videos that Eurovision account have published. As a result, there are no big chances in the first days compared to last years.

1st Semi Final: The race of qualification

Most countries have been stabled in their position, except Switzerland who has overpassed Croatia and is now 7th in the betting odds to qualify for the Grand Final. Remo Forrer odds are between 1.33 and 1.4 compared to Let 3 who are between 1.36-1.55. It is also crusial to mention that Portugal has grown the gap with the Netherlands and, despite being 10th, has more chances to qualify compared to “Burning Daylight“. Also, Latvia, Malta, Ireland and Azerbaijan seem to loose ground and that it will be difficult for them to qualify to the Grand Final of Eurovision 2023.

1st Semi Final: The Winner

For the first time since 2007, televoting will decide 100% the result of the semi final, which means that the ten countries who will qualify and also the winner of the semi will be determined only by the viewers. Finland is ahead of this race and it is believed that “Cha cha cha” will win the televoting of the semifinal. The dynamic stage presentance, catchy chorus and also the fact that Kaarija is closing the show are making the odds to believe that he will overtook Loreen and “Tattoo“, the big favourite of this year’s competition. Honorouble mention to Israel and Noa Kirel, who has decreased the difference with Norway and is coming for the third place after the great reviews of her first rehearsal. Could “Unicorn” be the dark horse of the semifinal?

The Big Final

All “blue” for Finland and Israel, who are probably the gainers of the first rehearsals, in the betting odds. Kaarija has decreased his difference with Loreen and is now aiming for the first place. Also, Israel has overtook Austria and is now in the 7th place of the betting odds after her dance break. However, Loreen and “Tattoo” are still on the top of the scoreboard with a “safe” gap from Finland, until now. Sweden has managed to transfer the Melodifestivalen’s staging to Liverpool, despite the fears and difficulties, and did not dissapoint.

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