Best of Eurovision

#POLL – Best of Eurovision – FINLAND’s Even Years

Building on the success of our Best of the Big 5 series, Eurovision Ireland is now broadening its search for your favourite entries from countries across the continent, spanning the contest’s entire back catalogue – that’s well over 1500 songs!

We asked you which group of countries you wanted us to look at next and thousands of you voted. It was close, but in the end Scandinavia inched ahead. We’ve already asked what you think about things in Iceland and now it’s the turn of Finland!

What can we say about Finland at Eurovision? For many years it was a long standing joke that a Finnish win at the contest seemed all but impossible. Despite sending some entries that are nowadays considered contest classics, they’ve finished last 9 times, 3 times with the dreaded nul points… some fans even began calling Finland Eurovision’s ultimate underachiever! Indeed, for a time they were also Eurovision’s longest serving nation without a win, but when the clawed hands of Lordi lifted that Eurovision trophy in 2006, Finland cemented themselves in the history books with not only the highest scoring winner of the contest at the time, but also one of the most iconic wins ever!

Finland have participated at Eurovision 53 times over the decades, so as usual we’ve still split the songs between Odd and Even Years depending on what year they entered the contest. As we looked at our Odd Year Entries last week, it’s now the turn of Finland’s Even Year Entries – songs that competed in years ending in 2,4,6,8 or 0 – including the Aksel’s Looking Back!

Our poll for Odd Years yielded this Top 10 last week:

  1. Tie Uuteen Päivään (1971) – 470 points
  2.  Eläköön Elämä (1985) – 391 points
  3. Blackbird (2017) – 289 points
  4. Lapponia (1977) – 286 points
  5. La Dolce Vita (1989) – 238 points
  6. Marry Me (2013) – 225 points
  7. Fantasiaa (1983) – 223 points
  8. Leave Me Alone (2007) – 207 points
  9. Lose Control (2009) – 184 points
  10. Sata Salamaa (1987) – 182 points

Your favourite not here? Take a look HERE to see where the other songs finished. Now it’s time to see who joins this Top 10 for the Finnish final next week!


Author: James Scanlan
Source: Eurovision Ireland

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