Tonight, the Finnish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 was held. After two rounds of televtoing, it was decided that Kuunkuiskaajat will wave the Finnish flag in Oslo with the song Työlki ellää written by Timo Kiiskinen.
Ten acts competed in the national final and the winner was chosen in two rounds of televoting. In the first round, the top three were chosen:
- Nina Lassander – Cider Hill
(Janne Hyöty, Paul Oxley)
- Eläkeläiset – Hulluna humpasta
(Kristian Voutilainen, Onni Waris/Onni Waris)
- Kuunkuiskaajat – Työlki ellää
After the 'super final', it was decided that Kuunkuiskaajat will go to Oslo. They won ahead of Nina Lassander, who finished second and Eläkeläiset, who finished third.
Kuunkuiskaajat (Moonwhispers) are a duo consisting of two ladies who have already been performing together in world music act Värttinä. Their music, which usually features an accordion and a harmonium is described to have influences of gypsy music and Argentinian tango. Kuunkuiskaajat is signed to Magnum Music Oy. You can visit their official website here and their myspace page here.
esctoday.com poll results
The esctoday.com poll voters widely did not agree with the results in the national final. None of the poll top two Amadeus Lundberg (35.2%) and Heli Kajo (25.8%) had made the top three in the national final. Winners Kuunkuiskaajat still finished fourth in the poll with 7.7%. Nina Lassander had come third in the poll with 10.8% and Eläkeläiset had finished euqal ninth in the poll with no more than 2.8%.
esctoday.com national final awards 2010
The 2010 esctoday.com National Final Awards will be held between April and May, which means between the national final season and the Eurovision Song Contest. We will repeat the same format with two rounds for nominations which was used this year – you can read how it works here. However, this time the individual polls for each country will always be held right after the national final, when the entries are still fresh. You can vote for your favourite performance not to qualify in the Finnish national final here and for your favourite song not to qualify here.
In 2009, Finland was represented by Waldo's People, who finished 12th in the first semi final but still qualified for the final thanks to the jury wildcard. In the final, the group came 25th and hence last with their song Lose control.