Athens 2006: Finland

by Richard West-Soley 85 views

In cooperation with our partners songfestival.web-log.nl, we present to you a different 2006 Eurovision Song Contest participant each day. Today: Finland!

Semifinal, spot 16 in the running order
Performer: Lordi
Song: Hard rock hallelujah
Lyrics: Mr. Lordi
Music: Mr. Lordi
Official website: lordi.org
Best result: 6th in 1973
Broadcaster: YLE
Multimedia: video/audio

Finland and the Eurovision Song Contest
Finland is celebrating a special anniversary at this year's Eurovision Song Contest; it is the 40th time that Finland have appeared. However, despite its long history in the contest, the country has yet to do better than the sixth place Marion Rung scored in 1973, with precious few top ten places among the previous 39 performances. Finland's last entry to reach the top ten was in 1989, when Anneli Saaristo came seventh in Switzerland with La dolce vita. Since the introduction of the qualifier round in 2004, the country has not yet managed to pass through to the international final.

Finland took a novel approach to the selection process for the 2006 contest, where twelve artists performed two songs each over a series of four preselection programmes. The public voted for the favourite song from each artist, which won a place in the grand final. As in previous Finnish finals, twelve were reduced to six in a preliminary vote, before a further vote to decide the winner. Of the 24 entries selected by YLE, 12 were in Finnish, 10 in English and two in Italian.

Lordi
The group hails from Lapland in Northern Finland, and consists of lead singer Mr. Lordi, guitar player Amen, drummer Kita, Awa on keyboards and Ox on bass. Lordi use elements from the horror film genre, mixed with a heavy dose of rock 'n' roll. Their first album Get heavy was a huge success in their home country, and has since gained platinum status. Further acclaim followed with the CDs Monsterican dream and the propheticially titled The Arockalypse. Their compilation The monster show was released in 20 countries.

Hard rock hallelujah

Hard rock hallelujah!
Hard rock hallelujah!

The saints are crippled
On this sinners� night
Lost are the lambs with no guiding light

The walls come down like thunder
The rocks about to roll
It�s the Arockalypse
Now bare your soul

All we need is lightning
With power and might
Striking down the prophets of false
As the moon is rising
Give us the sign
Now let us rise up in awe

Rock �n' roll angels bring thyn hard rock hallelujah
Demons and angels all in one have arrived
Rock �n' roll angels bring thyn hard rock hallelujah
In God�s creation supernatural high

The true believers
Thou shall be saved
Brothers and sisters keep strong in the faith
On the day of Rockoning
It�s who dares, wins
You will see the jokers soon�ll be the new kings

All we need is lightning
With power and might
Striking down the prophets of false
As the moon is rising
Give us the sign
Now let us rise up in awe

Rock �n' roll angels bring thyn hard rock hallelujah
Demons and angels all in one have arrived
Rock �n' roll angels bring thyn hard rock hallelujah
In God�s creation supernatural high

Wings on my back
I got horns on my head
My fangs are sharp
And my eyes are red
Not quite an angel
Or the one that fell
Now choose to join us or go straight to Hell

Hard rock hallelujah!
Hard rock hallelujah!
Hard Rock Hallelujah!
Hard Rock Hallelujah!

Rock �n roll angels bring thyn hard rock hallelujah
Demons and angels all in one have arrived
Rock �n roll angels bring thyn hard rock hallelujah
In God�s creation supernatural high

Hard Rock Hallelujah!

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Richard West-Soley

Senior Editor

Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the esctoday.com team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site Polyglossic.com.

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