The 12 songs competing in the Finnish national final this year are:
Some familiar Eurovision Song Contest-related name are among the Finnish singers this year. Jari Sillanpää represented Finland in the contest in Istanbul in 2004 - he had already tried to represent Finland in 1998 before. Riikka also participated in the 2004 Finnish national final, but lost out to Jari. Sani came second in the Finnish final of 2002 as part of the group Aikakone. Another veteran in the field is the 59-year-old Tapani Kansa who had also tried before to represent Finland in Europe's biggest music show.
Eurovision Laulukilpailu Suomen Karsinta 2009 will kick off on January 9th with the first of three semi-finals. 4 songs will compete in each semi-final with the top 2 directly qualifying for the final on January 31st which will take place in Tampere. The 6 artists that don't manage to qualify directly shouldn't give up their hopes though as they will have another chance to secure one of the two remaining spots in a Second Chance round. Both the semi-finals and the finals will be hosted by Mikko "Peltsi" Peltola and Jaana Pelkonen.