Finland: Euroviisut returns to Helsinki

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YLE have announced that the venue for the Euroviisut final will be the Kulttuuritalo (the Culture House) in Helsinki. After an eight year break, the Finnish Eurovision Song Contest preselection final returns to the country's capital where it was held last in 2000.

The last time Euroviisut was in the Finnish capital was back in 2000, when it was held at the Lord Hotel. This time YLE have chosen the Kulttuuritalo (the Culture House), venue of the 1979, 1982, 1988, 1989and 1990 finals. The Euroviisut final as well as the newly introduced Second Chance contest are scheduled for 1 March.

"After last year's Eurovision Song Contest it felt logical to bring Euroviisut back to the capital.
Kulttuuritalo is a perfect place for it, the atmosphere in the Finnish final will surely be excellent
" says Tuire Lindström, chief of YLE entertainment

For tickets click here (in Finnish) -available from 4 January. Standing tickets cost 20 euro, sitted ones 40 euro. More information on the venue can be found here.

Three semi finals will lead to the final, all of them will be held at the Tohloppi TV-studios in Tampere again.

The twelve participating acts have been split in the following way:

First semi final on February 8th

  • Hanna Marsh
  • Movetron
  • Crumbland
  • Kari Tapio.

Second on February 15th

  • Mikael Konttinen
  • Jippu
  • Ninja
  • Kristian Meurman

Third semi final on February 22nd

  • Jenna
  • Vuokko Hovatta
  • Christal Snow
  • Teräsbetoni.

The two most voted acts will go to the final directly while the others still have a chance to make it in the second chance round, taking place immediately before the final.Two acts from the six willjoin the six finalists makinga final of eight entries on March 1st.

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Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain.

I joined esctoday.com in 2006 as a junior editor after being invited by Barry Viniker, I soon became Senior Editor and during the 2007 contest in Helsinki I was appointed Head of Communications. Today I hold the post of Head of Human Resources and I am proud to be working with the best editorial team in the world.

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