Finnish broadcaster YLE has announced the 24 artists and and songs that will be competing to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005. 16 songs have been selected out of 503 songs which were sent in to an open competition. The 8 other songs are from composers who have been invited by YLE.
These are the 24 songs and performers who'll participate in the semifinals of the Finnish national selections for the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest:
Semifinal 1 | 14th January (Lahti)
I'Dees – Yeah, yeah
Hanna-Riikka Siitonen – Forever and a day
Place-2-Go – Kissed by a fool
A & N – Miss one-night good-time
Urban Community – Whole wide world
Petri Munck – Melody
Semifinal 2 | 21st January (Jyväskylä)
Christian Forss – Everything but still nothing
Geir Rönning & Nina Tapio – My one and only love
Sanna Majuri – Just one kiss
Kimmo Kouri – My life, my love
Anna Stenlund – One more chance
Momocat – Europa Europa
Semifinal 3 | 4th February (Turku)
Linda – Your lasting one
Tommi Läntinen – Mitä vaan (Whatever)
Jennie – Kiss me
Teddy vs Mc Chriss – Unconditional love
Elena Mady – An actress
Gary Revell Jr – You're a star
Semifinal 4 | 11th February (Imatra)
Wäinötär – Kihlaus (Engagement)
Geir Rönning – Why
Kentala – Deck of cards
Karoliina Kallio – I need somebody (like you)
Firevision – The stars are on our side
D'Voices – This is the song
Two of the songs have changed language compared to the list of songs that was announced one month ago. Joo joo became Yeah yeah and also the only Swedish song in the selection, Du ger kärleken ett svar, will be performed in English, entitled My one and only love. The song Kihlaus replaces the earlier announced I can't believe.
Among the artists, some familiar names can be found. Hanna-Riikka Siitonen is the daughter of Matti Siitonen, who participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1967 and 1976 under his stagename Fredi. She was a backingsinger for Jari Sillanpää in Istanbul. Elena Mady participated in the Finnish national final in 1998, Gary Revell Jr, Geir Rönning, Karoliina Kallio, D'Voices and Anna Stenlund all participated in this years Finnish national final, as well as Patrick Linman who is part of the duo Place-2-Go this time.
The week proceding the semifinals and final, all songs will be introduced to the Finnish people in special radio shows on Radio Suomi and Radio Vega. Telephone and SMS voting will determine the 3 best songs in every semifinal. A total of 12 songs will thus proceed to the final to be held in the Tampere Hall on 19th February 2005.
In the final, the winner will be selected in two rounds. In the first round 6 local juries from all around Finland will give their votes in Eurovision style. The 6 songs which receive the most votes will proceed to a second round in which the audience decides by televoting and SMS who will represent Finland at the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest.