Finlande 2011

Finland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany and selected their entry through Euroviisut 2011, organised by Finnish broadcaster Yleisradio (Yle). The final was broadcast Full HD 1080p via Yle HD channel.

Euroviisut 2011

On 6 June 2010, Yle called for songs to participate in Euroviisut 2011. Submissions could be sent to Yle until 31 August 2010.[1] It was announced that the European Capital of Culture 2011 Turku would host the Finnish final, at the Holiday Club Caribia on 12 February.[2] On 10 September, Yle announced that they received 277 entries. Twelve of them would be chosen to participate in the Semi-finals. Three songs from an online vote would also be chosen for the Semi-finals.[3] Fifteen songs were placed online. The online voting started on 1 October. The public could vote for their favorite song via SMS.

Like last year, the winner of the Finnish tango contest Tangomarkkinat, Marko Maunuksela, was offered an invitation to take part in the Finnish selection for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.[4]

There were three weekly Semi-finals with five songs each. In every Semi-final three songs proceeded to the final. Yle picked a wild card amongst those who were eliminated in the Semi-finals to complete the final lineup of ten songs. In the final, three songs proceeded to the Super-Final, where the Finnish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 was chosen.

The shows were hosted by Jaana Pelkonen and Tom Nylund.[5]

On 30 September, Yle announced the fifteen songs for the online SMS selection and the twelve invited artists.[5]

Online SMS Voting

Three of the fifteen songs advanced to the televised semi-finals.

Online SMS Voting – 1–15 October 2010
Artist Song
Christa Renwall « Fool of Yourself »
Tony Green « Miracle »
Suvi « We are one »
Sara Sayed « Shallow Waters »
Paul Oxley « The Prisoner »
Pauliina Salonen « Every Day »
Emilie Untamala & Jole Nissilä « It Is You »
Joel Främling « Man in Squalor »
Anfisa « Give Me Power to Resist »
Chorale « Share Your Life »
Cardiant « Rapture in Time »
Saara Aalto « Blessed with Love »
Sonja Bishop « This Is My Life »
Father McKenzie « Good Enough »
Blackbird « Gooseberry »

Televised semi-finals

Each semi-final contained five acts – four invited artists, and one online qualifier. Each semi-final, held on consecutive Fridays in January 2011, were held in Turku. Three songs from each semi-final qualified via a public vote to the final on 12 February 2011.

Semi-final 1

Semi-final 1–14 January 2011
Draw Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Place
1 Automatic Eye « I’m Not the One Who’s Sorry » Pete Murto (m & l), Jonas Olsson (m), Heikki Hiekkasalmi (m), Antti Aalto (m), Lauri Uusitalo (m) 4
2 Marko Maunuksela « Synkän maan tango » (Tango of gloomy land) Mika Toivanen (m & l) 2
3 Johanna Iivanainen « Luojani mun » (The creator of mine) Johanna Iivanainen (m), Edu Kettunen (l) 3
4 Jonna « Puppets » Jonna (m & l), Miika Colliander (m) 5
5 Cardiant[6] « Rapture in Time » Antti Hänninen (m), Lauri Hänninen (l) 1

Semi-final 2

Semi-final 2–21 January 2011
Draw Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Place
1 Soma Manuchar « Strong » Ellen T. (m & l), Antti C. (m & l) 5
2 Paradise Oskar « Da Da Dam » Axel Ehnström (m & l) 1
3 Jimi Constantine « Party to Party » Jimi Constantine (m & l), Axel (m & l), Pekko Haimi (m & l), Tracy Lipp (m & l) 4
4 Milana Misic « Sydämeni kaksi maata » (The two lands of my heart) Juha Tikka (m), Susanna Haavisto (l) 3
5 Father McKenzie[6] « Good Enough » Tobias Granbacka (m & l) 2

Semi-final 3

Semi-final 3–28 January 2011
Draw Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Place
1 Eveliina Määttä « Dancing in the Dark » Axel Johansson (m & l), Mats Tärnfors (m & l), Tracy Lipp (m & l) 4
2 Sami Hintsanen « Täältä maailmaan » (From here to the world) Antti Kleemola (m), Mikko Karjalainen (l) 2
3 Tommi Soidinmäki « Seis! » (Stop!) Petri Laaksonen (m), Kyösti Salokorpi (l) 5
4 Saara Aalto[6] « Blessed with Love » Saara Aalto (m & l) 3
5 Stala & So. « Pamela » Sampsa A. Stala (m & l), Sami J. (m) 1

Final

Final – 12 February 2011
Draw Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Place
1 Eveliina Määttä « Dancing in the Dark » Axel Johansson (m & l), Mats Tärnfors (m & l), Tracy Lipp (m & l) 5
2 Sami Hintsanen « Täältä maailmaan » (From here to the world) Antti Kleemola (m), Mikko Karjalainen (l) 7
3 Milana Misic « Sydämeni kaksi maata » (The two lands of my heart) Juha Tikka (m), Susanna Haavisto (l) 9
4 Paradise Oskar « Da Da Dam«  Axel Ehnström (m & l) 1
5 Cardiant « Rapture in Time » Antti Hänninen (m), Lauri Hänninen (l) 6
6 Johanna Iivanainen « Luojani mun » (My creator) Johanna Iivanainen (m), Edu Kettunen (l) 10
7 Father McKenzie « Good Enough » Tobias Granbacka (m & l) 2
8 Marko Maunuksela « Synkän maan tango » (Tango of gloomy land) Mika Toivanen (m & l) 8
9 Saara Aalto « Blessed with Love » Saara Aalto (m & l) 3
10 Stala & So. « Pamela » Sampsa A. Stala (m & l), Sami J. (m) 4

Super Final

The Super Final featured the top three songs of the final: Paradise Oskar, Father McKenzie and Saara Aalto. Paradise Oskar won.

Super Final
Draw Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Televotes Place
1 Paradise Oskar « Da Da Dam«  Axel Ehnström (m & l) 46.7% 1
2 Father McKenzie « Good Enough » Tobias Granbacka (m & l) 12.6% 3
3 Saara Aalto « Blessed with Love » Saara Aalto (m & l) 40.7% 2

At Eurovision

Finland competed tenth on the first semi-final of the contest, on 10 May, and qualified for the final, placing third with 103 points. In the final, on 14 May, Finland competed first and placed twenty-first with 57 points. The Finnish jury was the second one to have released their points for the grand final, you can see how they were given below:

Points Awarded by Finland[7]

Points Awarded to Finland (Semi-Final 1)
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

References

  1. ^ Repo, Juha (2010-06-06). « Finland: call for songs to take part in the open selection ». EscToday.com. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  2. ^ « FINLAND – YLE announce Turku as NF city for 2011 ». Oikotimes.com. 2010-07-05. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  3. ^ Repo, Juha (2010-09-10). « YLE receives 277 entries for the Finnish web selection ». EscToday.com. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  4. ^ Repo, Juha (2010-07-10). « Marko Maunuksela first Finnish candidate for 2011 ». EscToday.com. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  5. ^ a b Repo, Juha (2010-09-30). « Finland: 12 artist names and web candidates revealed for 2011 ». EscToday.com. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  6. ^ a b c http://www.viisukuppila.fi/suomen-karsinta/
  7. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2008

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