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
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
- Kari Tapio.
Second on February 15th
- Mikael Konttinen
- Kristian Meurman
Third semi final on February 22nd
- Vuokko Hovatta
- Christal Snow
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.