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Finland has selected its entry – the winning song is Something Better by Softengine.
After a hard-fought UMK campaign, Something Better was top with the judges and televote. The judges’ preferences were exactly the same as the top three, with Mikko Pohjola’s Sängyn reunalla in second and the surprise of the night MIAU’s God/Drug in third after a strong live performance.
The song itself is an example of what I (ScandieAndy) would classify as dull-but-worthy indie rock, the best-known purveyors of the genre being Coldplay and Muse. It’s a good example of its type, being reasonably catchy and the band certainly did the song justice in Espoo. The chorus, whilst having a hook, is somewhat simplistic, being melodically the same line repeated four times.
This kind of band performance is difficult to improve on, given the nature of the genre. With my Eurovision (rather than my credible indie) hat on, I would suggest that the singer give up his guitar, roam a bit more and work on his stagecraft. Having said that, they were still impressive at the Barona Areena.
Given that (a) there are fewer entries this year and (b) Finland are drawn in the second half of what is on paper the weaker semi-final, I’m pretty confident that Softengine will qualify for final. Having said that, I’m equally confident that they will be on the right-hand side of the scoreboard come the final.
What do you think of Finland’s entry?
- Qualification History
- Final Performance
- Studio Version
Highest semi-final score: 292 (2006 – Lordi, Hard Rock Hallelujah)
Lowest semi-final score: 41 (2012 – Pernilla Karlsson, När jag blundar)
Average semi-final finishing position: 10th (9.7)
Average semi-final score: 85 points
Highest score (since 2004): 292 2006 – Lordi, Hard Rock Hallelujah)
Lowest score (since 2004): 13 (2013 – Krista Siegfrids, Marry Me)
Average final position: 18th
Average final score: 90 points
Estonia – 6.9
Iceland – 5.3
Sweden – 4.2
Norway – 3.7
Poland – 3.6
Lithuania – 2.8