In Finland the national final is called “UMK - Uuden Musikkin Kilpailu”which determines the Finnish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. The Finnish broadcaster YLE has made one instead of three shows in the Espoo Metro Arena this year. There were ten finalists with the most different music styles. The really entertaining show was hosted by the charming ex-ESC singer Krista Siegfrids. Unlike last year there were no national juries, but an international jury. Due to the fact that the Finnish entries often do not match the European taste, it was a wise idea to include an international. This show concept was the sixth edition and did not bring big success for Finland neither, only two songs made it into the Grand Finals, but there was no Top 10 song. The most sophisticated entry “Black Bird” by Norma John could win with a great majority of points.
Norma John is a band which consists of the two musicians Leena Tirronen and Lasse Piirainen. Both singers are friends and do music together since 15 years. The band exists since 2008 and there were three more singers in the beginning. In the year 2010 Norma John participated in the X Factor and made a third place. They released one album and three singles so far. Now they have won the UMK and going to represent Finland at the ESC and they have the chance to get known to a very big audience. They do write all of their songs on their own.
The song “Black Bird” is a very calm and simple song with a strong and beautiful melody. This is a very adult song which really shines with a reduced presentation. Of course there might be some similarities to Anouk with “Birds”, which was another calm and reduced song. The audience will get caught by the amazing voice of Leena and the simplicity of the Nordic sound. This entry is a real gem in this year’s ESC and would perfectly fit in the Grand Final.
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About me: Due to the fact that my parents are musicians, I have a gained a great enthusiasm for music. Since 1979 my interest in the Eurovision Song Contest has grown enormously. My first ESC I joined was in Dublin 1995. Six years later I founded the website eurovisionlive.com in the year 2001. The most fascinating part for me is the original idea of the Eurovision Song Contest – the peaceful contest of the European countries. I am very happy that I have the chance to contribute my little part for the greatest music show in the world.