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It's novelty, but lacks the fun and lovability of the Russian grannies. A similar result can't be expected.
Finland really upped their game this year and Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu has arguably pushed ahead of Melodifestivalen. There’s still a bit of work to do with the production quality, but it’s so refreshing to see a varied lineup of songs.
Anyway, the Finnish public ignored the quality and instead decided to go all left-wing and sent Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (PKN) to Vienna with the song(?) Aina mun pitää.
I don’t have a problem with PKN, anyone should be able to enter Eurovision as long as they meet the rules, but what does wrangle with my right-of-centre view of life, is the media hype that will ensue in Vienna; Finland won’t be judged on their song, they will be instead be judged on the band’s disabilities. Just to reiterate, I have no problem with PKN and I staunchly defend their right to compete.
Again, no offence to PKN, but I think we have to look at the Russian Grannies to consider what might happen in Vienna, as the markets – rightly or wrongly – assume that PKN could match Party for Everybody’s success. Russia’s Buranovskiye Babushki were the main talking point in the buildup to Baku. Once selected, their national final performance went viral and attracted attention from across the globe. The Grannies’ main asset was their cuteness, and that they brought the fun factor to a serious Contest. Moreover, the song was accessible from a visual and aural aspect, which consisted of six grannies bobbing up and down and delivering the highly infectious Party for Everybody hook. The singing was dreadful, but the Eurovision audience didn’t care – they were in love with the grannies.
The difference with PKN is that Finnish Punk isn’t as accessible, or as cute and lovable as six Russian grannies baking cakes. Nor does Aina mun pitää have anywhere near the voting strength of Russia, or the ability to influence regional jury support.
Lordi’s Hard Rock Hallelujah won Eurovision in 2006 under the 100% televoting era, which tended to afford novelty and alternative songs greater recognition. However, since the reintroduction of the juries, Russia’s grannies are the only strictly novelty act to trouble the top-spot. Furthermore, those comparing PKN and Lordi need to reconcile the language barrier and what appears to be a less entertaining stage show. In 2006 you could play air-guitar and scream along to Hard Rock Hallelujah!, a minute-and-a-half of Aina mun pitää doesn’t inspire the same enthusiasm. When I first saw PKN, my reaction was similar to when I watched Rambo Amadeus‘ first rehearsal. I suspect 80% of Europe will feel the same!
Finland’s odds have been laughably short for over a month with people keen to invest as low at 3/1! As Ben Gray rightly pointed out in the comments section that Finland are an ideal lay opportunity for any Betfair aficionados. At the time of writing, my liability already exceeds £10k. Hopefully when reality sets in, people will realise that this 1-minute-30-second racket can’t win Eurovision’s 60th anniversary.
What do you think of Finland’s entry?
- Qualification History
- Final Performance
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 (since 2008): 8th
Average semi-final score (since 2008): 68 points
Highest score (since 2004): 292 2006 – Lordi, Hard Rock Hallelujah)
Lowest score (since 2004): 13 (2013 – Krista Siegfrids, Marry Me)
Average final position: 17th
Average final score: 77 points
Estonia – 6.8
Iceland – 5.3
Sweden – 4.3
Norway – 4.0
Poland – 3.9
Lithuania – 2.7