Finland sends Paradise Oskar to Düsseldorf!

It was showdown time in Turku's Caribia Hall tonight: ten artists fought for the  honour of representing their native country Finland in the 2011  Eurovision Song Contest. Hosted by Jaana Pelkonen and Tom Nylund, the Finnish nation had a difficult choice  to choose from ten different offers - but it was ultimately Paradise Oskar  who managed to charm the televoting audience most! They  will now perform his song Da Da Dam in the first half of the first Semi-Final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.

The Finnish final consisted of two round of voting tonight. In the first round of voting, the participants were the following:

  • Eveliina Määttä - Dancing In the Dark
  • Sami Hintsanen - Täältä Maailmaan
  • Milana Misic - Sydämeni Kaksi Maata
  • Paradise Oskar - Da Da Dam
  • Cardiant - Rapture In Time
  • Johanna Iivanainen - Luojani Mun
  • Father McKenzie - Good Enough
  • Marko Maunuksela - Synkän Maan Tango
  • Saara Aalto - Blessed With Love
  • Stala & So. - Pamela

Paradise Oskar, Stala & So and Saara Aalto had been named by experts, fans and betting agencies to win the Finnish selection prior to the show.

After the first round of voting, a so-called super-final was introduced  featuring the three acts that received the highest number of sms- and  televotes in the first round (winner in bold):

  • Paradise Oskar - Da Da Dam 46,7%
  • Father McKenzie - Good Enough
  • Saara Aalto - Blessed With Love

Finland has been participating in the Eurovision Song Contest since  1961 and it took the country 45 years till its first victory when Lordi  won Europe's favourite TV-show in Athens in 2006. 

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