Despite debuting in 1961, Finland never had a great history at Eurovision. In fact, until 2006 they had yet to even finish in the top 5 of a contest.
But of course that all changed that year, as Lordi came from nowhere to win the Athens contest and bring Eurovision to Helsinki. While Finland have yet to really capitalise on that victory, remaining outside the top 15 since, they can usually be relied on to send something good.
I realise I just set myself up for a pun there, since this year Finland are sending “Something better”, the result of national final UMK, with rock-pop outfit Softengine performing.
It’s not a sound that I normally get too excited about – particularly if the band are a bit too styled for their own good – but Softengine seem like a likeable bunch of guys, and the song brings back fond memories of energetic rock-pop songs from the mid-00s.
Whether the obvious commercial appeal will translate to Eurovision votes is another question. Finland’s patchy record of qualification doesn’t make it feel like a sure thing. But it’s clearly a contemporary track amongst a strange set of entries, so I hope this will make them stand out in Copenhagen.
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