Eurovision 2012

Finland & The Curse of the X-Factor Eurovision Singers – Anna Bergendahl & Jedward

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Finland have released the details of the songs that will compete in their National Selection. This year they failed to qualify for the final so they are back in 2013 with a vengeance. Finnish Broadcaster YLE have announced 2 semi finals and a final.
The two semi finals will consist of 6 songs each. The Singer and Song titles are below.

Heat 1 on 17th Jan
Iina Salin – Last Night
Last Panda – Saturday Night Forever
Mikael Saari – We Should Be Through
Ilari Hämäläinen – Sytytä mut vaan
Rautakoura – Ilmalaivalla
Diandra – Colliding Into You

Heat 2 on 24th Jan
Atlético Kumpula – Paperilyhty
Krista Siegfrids – Marry Me
Lucy Was Driving – Dancing All Around the Universe
Arion – Lost in the Woods
Elina Orkoneva – He’s Not My Man Great
Wide North – Flags

Now you can hear clips of the songs on the link below and there is certainly a range of styles to suit all tastes

http://areena.yle.fi/tv/1748737

Now here is the risk that potentially faces Finland and countries that have winners/contestants from Big National shows like X Factor or The Voice – in their national finals. These artists maybe well known in their respective countries yet that local appeal may not transfer to the international stage and may actually place unknown artists in their own countries in a position of having a superior song not getting the credit it deserves due to the lack of a public profile.

Now why I say this is that in Semi Final 1 we find the singer Diandra performing the song “Colliding Into You”. She is an X Factor Winner in Finland and is the overwhelming favourite at present to win the ticket to Malmö. However on listening to the clips of the songs one can hear that she has a strong voice, yet the song appears to have stiff competition. There are other songs that have an instant appeal but Finnish Media are saying that it is a forgone conclusion that Diandra will win. Could this see Finland in trouble?

Former Talent Contest Singers have had mixed fortunes at Eurovision. Two that spring to mind are Jedward from Ireland who made the Top 10 in 2011 and the Top 20 in 2012. That certainly showed that the for X Factor Contestants were able to make that leap from the UK/Ireland TV to Europe – but that was more because they had been travelling Europe for 2 years making people know of them.

(YouTube Courtesy of escbelgium6)

However playing the Idol Card hasn’t always worked and the previous year in Spectacular fashion, Sweden lost their 100% “qualifying to the final record” with the Swedish Idol favourite Anna Bergendahl  performing “This is my life”. It was felt that Anna was certain to qualify for the final and be a contender for the Eurovision Title. It is fair to say that Sweden – a Eurovision Fanatic Country – went into a lot of soul searching and P.E.D. – Post Eurovision Depression as you will see in the second clip below. Could this happen to Finland?

(YouTube Video Courtesy of The BBC)

(YouTube Video Courtesy of NRK)

Do you think that Television Talent Show Contestants are a good choice for Eurovision?

(Source YLE)

Author/Website Creator and Chief Editor Garrett Mulhall

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