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Finland: Something great for Softengine

30 April 2014 at 13:10 CEST

Softengine are not unused to singing on big stage, afterall they did win the Finnish National Selection, UMK at a large venue in Espoo back in February. 

However, there is something different about the Eurovision Song Contest, and although relaxed, the band were clearly in awe at the scale of the competition. 

Backstage, their first task was to go for in-ear rehearsals to ensure that sound levels were all set for their on-stage rehearsal, which followed shortly thereafter. 

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Like thunder in the hall

When Softengine took to the stage, the first thing you notice is that the stage is really set up for a rock performance: white and red lines flashing and moving to the beat of this uptempo number. In the background strobe lighting really gives the impression of being at a rock concert and spotlights move enthusiastically around the hall as the song progresses.

Also, extra spotlights were lowered from above onto the stage to provide even more colour and light, adding more white and red to the mix. 

Just like at rock concerts, it was not just about what you could see or hear, you could also physically feel the music: the bass for Something Better is so powerful that it literally thundered around the hall producing a vibration that any seasoned gig-goer will be all to familiar with. 

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On stage, the lead singer was wearing a shiny silver jacket and the other band members wore dark jackets, apart from the drummer who was in white. In terms of props, Softengine needed nothing else but their instruments: three guitars, a piano and drum kit. 

Finland will take part in the second Semi-Final of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest on the 8th of May at the B&W Hallerne on Refshaleøen in Copenhagen, Denmark.