YLE in Finland has revealed more details of the potential entrants to the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv next May. For the sixth time, Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu will be the programme that showcases and selects the winning song.
The 10 finalists are:
“Arrows” – Alva. Composers Arto Ruotsala, Milos Rosas, Aatu Mällinen
“Reach out for the sun” – Anni Saikku. Composers Mia Kemppainen, Perttu Kurttila
“My little world” – La Club Persé. Composers Princess Julia, Luke Howard, Jaakko Salovaara
“Circle of light” – Emma. Composers Jonas Olsson, Heidi Maria Paalanen, Aku Rannila, Saara Törmä
“Love yourself” – Günther & D’Sanz. Composers Mats Söderlund, Amir Aly, Tomas Cederholm, Robin Abrahamsson, Niklas Nylund
“Caveman” – Knucklebone Oscar & The Shangri-La Rubies. Composers Baldauf, Martimo, Salomaa, Kumpulainen, Vettenranta, Bachér, Schönberg
“Helppo elämä” – Lauri Yrjölä. Composer Lauri Yrjölä
“Paradise” – My First Band. Composers Antti Koivula, Heikki Puhakainen, Heikki Kytölä, Juho Vehmanen, Mikko Virta, Jurek Reunamäki
“Blackbird” – Norma John. Composers Lasse Piirainen, Leena Tirronen
“Perfect villain” – Zühlke. Composers Nalle Ahlstedt, Christian Ingebrigtsen, Silje Nymoen
More details will follow, but the winner will be chosen by a 50/50 mix of televoting and juries.
You might recognise some of these names. First is Christian Inbregtsen. He’s Norwegian and most famously a member of the boyband A1. They had Number Ones in Norway and the UK, and Inbrigtsen has written four songs over the years that have been in MGPs. His one of his songs, that was the runner-up in MGP 2010.
Amir Aly is Swedish and has also had success as a songwriter. He’s written for Jill Johnson, Sanne Nielsen and Shirley Clamp, among others. His most recent involvement in Eurovision was co-writer of ‘Miracle’ by Samra for Azerbaijan in 2016.
Are you a fan of UMK? Do you have a song you’re looking forward to? Who do you think will win?
Finland has recorded one win to date – Lordi with ‘Hard rock hallelujah’ in 2006. In 2016 Sandhja sang for Finland and came 15th (of 18) in the first semi-final.
Author: John Stanton
Source: Eurovision Ireland, Youtube