The Eurovision Song Contest victory of Finnish hard rock group Lordi is to be celebrated on a grand scale in the centre of Helsinki tonight. Tens of thousands of people are expected to arrive at the open air concert featuring several Finnish bands in addition to the Eurovision Song Contest winners in their trademark monster masks.
Eastway Ltd, the company responsible for organising the event told the Finnish News Agency (STT) Thursday it had placed special emphasis on picture and sound, and had three big screens installed at the venue.
A karaoke DVD of Lordi's winning song, Hard rock hallelujah, has just been released. Producer Markus Selin told STT yesterday that an attempt would be made to break the world's karaoke record at tonight's celebration. The current record for the most simultaneous karaoke singers in the Guinness book of records is 50,000.
The event kicks off around 18:00 local time and will be broadcasted by YLE2 as from 20:00 local time.
UPDATE: Between 70,000 and 90,000 proud Finns attended the celebrations, yesterday night. Around 70,000 people sang along Hard rock hallelujah, breaking a karaoke record. Meanwhile, even CNN reports about the 'Lordigate' scandal, caused by a tabloid that published the real faces behind the band. 75 percent of CNN poll voters believes that Finland's Eurovision Song Contest victory was deserved.