Finlande 2006

Lordi represented Finland at Eurovision 2006.

Finlands entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was selected on 10 March 2006 in a final held in the Caribia hall in Turku, hosted by Heikki Paasonen and Jaana Pelkonen. The Finnish viewers chose the band Lordi to perform « Hard Rock Hallelujah« , a rock anthem, at Eurovision. The song was a favourite before the competition and also scored major success when released as a single. The song, written and composed by band member Mr. Lordi, went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006, placing first in both the semifinal and final. This gave Finland its first ever win in the competition.

Lordi is a melodic theatrical heavy-rock band, mostly known for their unusual monster costumes and lyrical themes. The members are Lordi, Amen, Ox, Awa, and Kita. Lordi have released four albums with many hit songs. The members have never shown themselves in public without their masks. Lordi itself says the band doesn’t exist without the masks. Before the Athens competition there was some controversy in Finland protesting the selection of such an unusual musical style and stage theatrics. Several newspaper readers’ letters called for a reconsideration of the representative in favour of more traditional pop music.

Results of the national final

Before the main final, semi-finals were held in Tampere, in which a song was selected for each of the twelve candidates. These songs competed in the main final, and, after a round of televoting, six were eliminated. A new vote was held for the remaining six, the results of which are below.

Song Singer Points Place
1 « Shanghain valot » Annika Eklund 19565 3rd
2 « Katharsis » Kilpi 4685 6th
3 « V.I.P. » Jane 6308 5th
4 « Hard Rock Hallelujah«  Lordi 67369 1st
5 « Take Me Higher » Jennie 15138 4th
6 « Eternamente Maria » Tomi Metsäketo 45431 2nd

At Eurovision

Points awarded to Finland

Points awarded to Finland (Semi-final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points awarded to Finland (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Finland

See also