Participant(s): Kuunkuiskaajat Song: Työlti ellää Writer(s): Timo Kiiskinen Composer(s): Timo Kiiskinen
For the 44th time Finland will be on stage at the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo this year. Finland has always been seen as “0 points country”, and indeed in the Eurovision history there were three bitter years of 0 points. Furthermore Finland was mostly found on the lower ranks of the scoreboard. But on the other hand, in all these years Finland reached the Top 10 at least ten times, beside the big victory in 2006 with “Hard Rock Hallelujah”, there were some quite successful songs like “Tom Tom Tom” by Marion Rung in 1973 (6th place) and “La Dolce Vita” by Anneli Saaristo in 1989 (7th place), just to mention a few.
The Finnish music taste appears a bit earthier, from folk to hard rock, you seldom hear easy going pop music. This year the Finns have decided for another folkloristic song called “Työlki ellää” in a big show on YLE with more than 1.2 million TV-spectators. Maybe there is a little trend in following the steps of last year’s winner Alexander Rybak with “Fairytale”, which has strong folkloristic roots with a violin and dancing. Following a winner’s music style is nothing new at Eurovision and there are heaps of copies afterwards. This year’s Finnish entry is different, it’s a happy melody as you can imagine a lightful summer scenery at a beautiful lake in-between flowers and dancing people somewhere in Finland. This is definitely a good choice!