Metal band Blind Channel have won Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) Finland’s national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, with their song 'Dark Side'. The group will now compete against 40 other acts in Rotterdam.
Speaking to Eurovision.tv shortly after their victory, Blind Channel told us:
We can’t wait to play to hundreds of millions of people, so we can turn them to the dark side too! We’re gonna have one night of perfection tonight, because when Monday comes we have to get back to the grind to make sure we deliver the best show in Rotterdam that we can!
Teflon Brothers x Pandora, Oskr, Danny, Laura, Aksel and Ilta all walked away empty handed in what was a spectacular edition of UMK, featuring memorable performances by the host Antti Tuiski and last year's finalist Erika "Cicciolina" Vikman.
Scores came in from across the globe, as 25% of the points available were awarded by international juries from the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the USA, Poland, Iceland, Spain and The Netherlands. The remaining 75% of the tally was awarded by Finnish viewers.
Blind Channel demolished the field with a landslide of 551 points:
Blind Channel - Dark Side (551pts)
Teflon Brothers x Pandora - I Love You (180pts)
Ilta - Kelle Mä Soitan (149pts)
Oskr - Lie (115pts)
Aksel - Hurt (108pts)
Danny - Sinä Päivänä Kun Kaikki Rakastaa Mua (60pts)
Laura - Play (13pts)
Blind Channel received douze points from the United Kingdom, the USA, Poland and Spain. Other 12 points were awarded by Iceland to Oskr, Switzerland to Aksel, and The Netherlands to Ilta.
Who are Blind Channel?
The metal outfit is made up of Joel Hokka (vocals and guitar), Niko Vilhelm (vocals), Joonas Porko (guitar), Olli Matela (bass), Tommi Lalli (drums) plus recent addition and sixth member Aleksi Kaunisvesi (keyboards), giving the band the perfect number of members for the Eurovision Song Contest stage.
Blind Channel describe their style of music as “violent pop” and have been likened to British alt-metal band Bring Me The Horizon. Having honed their craft on the Finnish underground scene the band believes the time has finally come for them to bring their sound to the world. As seen in UMK, these rockers love to put on a show and are no strangers to crazy antics and big gestures.
Formed in 2013, without hesitation the band set their sights on global domination. In 2014 they were invited to play at Wacken Open Air in Germany, the largest outdoor heavy metal festival on the planet, and soon after they signed their first recording contract.
“It’s time for Finland and the world to see, hear and understand what Blind Channel is made of."
While these boys might enjoy pyrotechnics, loud vocals and giving the middle finger, they picked Loreen's Euphoria as their favourite Eurovision song of all time over Hard Rock Hallelujah.
Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Finland first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961. When it comes to hard rock, the Moomin-loving Finns don't mess about. They've provided some of the most metal moments in the Eurovision Song Contest, from Lordi’s winning Hard Rock Hallelujah to Teräsbetoni's Missä Miehet Ratsastaa in 2008.
After Mr Lordi brought the Contest to Helsinki in 2007, Finland's finest, Apocalyptica, featured as an interval act during the Grand Final. Another opportunity for the Finns to showcase their deep love of distorted guitars, emphatic rhythms, and vigorous vocals.