Finland’s new show format UMK 2013 should inspire the Finnish music industry to produce innovative and fresh music. During several semi finals there were eight finalist chosen by an expert jury and televoting. The final show, held in Espoo showed a very modern style, the stage, the light and the clothing, black was the colour of the season, almost everybody on stage and in the jury as well as the hosts were dressed in black! There were a lot of Finnish rock songs in the final – which is no surprise as this is very popular in Finland.
So with a little surprise one of the big favourites Mikael Saari, who probably had the best voice of the night, singing the song “We Should Be Through” has been unsuccessful. Mikael has received a total new styling. In the first show he has been wearing just a casual sweater and his ponytail, which gave him a very authentic and sympathetic look. For the final he has changed his look from cool to old-fashioned. Generally there is nothing wrong about it, but in this special show with lots of young people watching his look was less cool. This might have cost some votes; he should have sticked to his own style.
This entry could have been a mighty Eurovision winner:
At least Mikael Saari has been tied with Great Wide North and Krista Siegfrids – all with 38 points from the jury. At the end Krista Siegfrids could win the Finnish final with “Marry Me”. The song is a happy song with some irony about marrying. The stage performance needs some improvements for Malmö.
In the interval act there have been former Finnish Eurovision artists like Hanna Pekkarinen (Finland 2007) and Pernilla Karlsson (Finland 2012) together with other singers. They have performed “Bye Bye Baby” (Finnish entry 1994), “Euphoria”, “Waterloo” and “Sata Salamaa” (Finnish entry 1987) in a lovely way.
Have a look:
The winning song from Finland: Krista Siegfrids "Marry Me":