Eurovision 2017: Finland takes to the stage for first rehearsal

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1st rehearsal30 April 2017
14:00 - 14:30
Meet & Greet: 16:30 - 16:50
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Norma John are wearing almost identical outfits to their winning national final performance. Lasse wears a black suit, but this is mostly obscured by his piano. Leena wears the same, or at least very similar dress to the UMK performance. It is a black choker-neck lace ballgown.

30/04/2017 8:44 pm

Norma John reacts to winning today’s ESCToday Press Poll, having been ranked first on the first day of Eurovision 2017 rehearsals!

Wow!!!!! ❤❤❤ the press evaluated everyone after today's rehearsals…. this was a GOOD day take a look…

Posted by Norma John on Sunday, April 30, 2017

30/04/2017 8:00 pm

Norma John has been crowned the winner of ESCToday’s Daily Press Poll 2017 in day 1 of rehearsals, having received a total of 72 points from across 35 press voters.

Norma John of #Finland had the best rehearsal today according to the Press Poll. Azerbaijan and Portugal were also among today's favourites. What do you think of the results?Yle Euroviisut

Posted by Esctoday on Sunday, April 30, 2017

30/04/2017 6:45 pm

How did Finland rank in day 1 of ESCToday’s Press Poll 2017? Follow our live video with the full results from today’s rehearsals!

Kyiv Calling: Day 1 Rehearsals and Press Poll

Tune in at ESCToday and check the first Press Poll live from #Kyiv!

Posted by Esctoday on Sunday, April 30, 2017

30/04/2017 5:37 pm

Official video and backstage clips from 1st rehearsal on YouTube:

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Rehearsal snippet:

30/04/2017 2:18 pm

Images taken from Finland’s first rehearsal at the IEC! ( ©)


The Finnish duo Norma John is representing Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The duo with their entry Blackbird had won both the televoting and the international juries in the Finnish national final UMK. They made the following statements about their participation during their Meet & Greet:

Blackbird is about a break and that it’s hard to forget about someone. It was important for us that the international juries in UMK voted for our song as we wanted to bring our music out of Finland.

Norma John also writes songs for other performers; if they write a song that might fit better with someone else, they give it away with love.

They stated really enjoyed the promo tours and pre-parties throughout Europe.

Every party was different so it was like a new beginning.

Another copy-paste performance from the national final: here we have Norma John with Lasse on the piano and Leena standing and singing. Together they manage to keep it simple and do something that some of the previous participants didn’t manage to do so well: deliver the song.

The backdrop is not 100% the same but gives the same vibes and feel of sadness and loneliness, along with the dressing and the camera work. While the televoters might not be so into it, the juries might give it a push into the final.

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