Norma John will represent Finland in Kyiv next May
Norma John will represent Finland in Kyiv next May
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Finland: Norma John wins UMK 2017!

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Norma John have just been crowned winners of UMK 2017, the national final of Finland for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, and will sing the song Blackbird in Kyiv in May. Despite the predictions, the band won both the international jury and the public votes and will represent Finland in Ukraine next May.

Minutes ago Finland chose its song for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in the UMK final at the Espoo Metro Areena. The UMK 2017 winner, Norma John, will go on to represent Finland at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv with the song Blackbird.

Leena and Lasse are Norma John
Leena and Lasse are Norma John © Jyrki Valkama/YLE

The winners

Norma John - Blackbird

Two longtime friends Leena and Lasse form an indie pop duo by the name of Norma John. Their music has a strong cinematic feel and it oozes harsh Scandinavian beauty. “We really needed to take the next step with our music and UMK feels like the right forum to take that step.” Norma John’s stunningly beautiful Blackbird is all about splitting up and about the way you feel when every single thing reminds you of the past.

© Jyrki Valkama/YLE

The competition

The ten contestants performed in the following order (winner in bold):

  1. Emma - Circle Of Light
  2. Alva - Arrows
  3. Günther & D'Sanz - Love Yourself
  4. Anni Saikku - Reach Out For The Sun
  5. Knucklebone Oscar & The Shangri-La Rubies - Caveman
  6. Norma John - Blackbird
  7. Lauri Yrjölä - Helppo elämä
  8. Club La Persé - My Little World
  9. Zühlke - Perfect Villain
  10. My First Band - Paradise
Gallery: At the final of UMK, Finland's selection for Eurovision 2017

The results were determined by the votes of the Finnish audience (50%) and a total of ten international juries (50%) from Estonia, France, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

These were the results after the international juries cast their votes:


And these are the final results after the public voting results have been added:


Hosted by the one and only Krista Siegfrids, with a pre-show hosted by Mikko Silvennoinen, and featuring guests, such as Finnish pop star Jenni Vartiainen and Norwegian teen twins-superstars Marcus & Martinus, you can watch the show again at the UMK official site thanks to the Finnish broadcaster, YLE.

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