Suomi, Suomi, Suomi. What will you be giving us this year? I usually follow the Finnish selection quite closely, so I was slightly disappointed to find out that they have decided to ditch the 2 semi-finals this year. However, we have an interesting combo of the pre-selected 10 songs to listen to before the final.
My opinions here are completely based on the studio versions of all the songs. I haven't heard all of them singing live yet. So my opinion could change drastically on the night of the final. I have seen all of the music videos, some better than others, but have not factored them into my opinion of the entry as a whole.
Here we go!
GÜNTHER & D’SANZ: “Love Yourself”
I was very surprised to hear of Günther's participation this year. Not only because I haven't heard anything about him in at least 10 years, but also because he's a Swede (though it's not the first time in history that an artist from the land of Abba is participating in another country). He would have bypassed the Finnish citizenship/residence requirement, since the other half of the duet is a Finn. He's very much been a solo artist in the past though. Known for his funny, light hearted, provocative summer hits, somehow I never pictured him in ESC. This is a very typical song of his, so not surprising at all. However, very unique in the competition.
KNUCKLEBONE OSCAR & THE SHANGRI-LA RUBIES: “Caveman”
Eclectic and odd. Not in a good way either. Rocky Horror Picture Show meets Flight Club. My crystal ball is saying something like "last place", but it's hard to make out.
ZÜHLKE: “Perfect Villain”
This was originally my favourite, probably because it stood out as the only R&B song. Since then, it's slowly made it's way down my list. It's still catchy anyway.
ANNI SAIKKU: “Reach Out For The Sun”
The song is pleasant, but that's about the extent of it. It doesn't really go anywhere. I was waiting for it too!
NORMA JOHN: “Blackbird”
This song does have potential. I really can't even start to guess how well it will do. It's mysterious, has a nice melody and it's calming. But at the same time, I find it dull and I'm still waiting for it to grow on me.
LAURI YRJÖLÄ: “Helppo elämä”
The only Finnish language song this year is titled "The Easy Life". I'm not too keen on the frequent transition between vibrato to normal, but I like the tune. A typical Finnish pop song in many respects, though probably will not fair very well.
This is probably one of the biggest contenders. The melody sort of sticks on you, though the song is still not very memorable though.
MY FIRST BAND: “Paradise”
One is only left with their imagination to guess what he's singing about. Fun and catchy song, despite the cryptic message:)
CLUB LA PERSÉ: “My Little World”
This is...um...different. It's not safe to say that it will fail though, as many said that about Lordi. Not having seen their live performance yet, I am expecting something fun! The song is not very strong, so they really have to back it up with an over the top performance. I had to giggle when I first heard the name of the group. For those of you who don't know, "perse" (minus the accent mark) means "butt" in Finnish. Still sounds like a classy name to me. Oui.
EMMA: “Circle of Light”
Yes! I love this one. I truly feel that this song would do the best on the international stage out of all the Finnish songs this year. That being said, Finland has many a time had a potential ESC winner in the pre selection, but instead opted to send an entry which will surely crash and burn. We'll see on the 28th of January!