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Last year's host Finland to choose entry tonight!

01 March 2008 at 01:29 CET

Finnish TV YLE decided to change the procedure for this year's national selection. In 2006 and 2007, twelve artists sang two songs each in a string of Semi-Finals of which one by each artist went to the final. This year, there were still twelve artists participating in the Semi-Finals, but all of them just with one song. Four songs competed in each Semi-Final with the top two songs directly voted to the final by the Finnish televoters. However, the two entries not qualifying can still hope to win as the first part of the Finnish final tonight will give a last chance to the six songs which haven't got a ticket to the final yet. Two of them will join the six already qualified songs in the final. Those six hopefuls are Nina, Jippu, Crumbland, Hanna Marsh, Vuokko Hovatta and Jenna which will be introduced by the hosts Mikko "Peltsi" Peltola and Jaana Pelkonen, last year's female Eurovision Song Contest presenter. 

Interesting mix of musical styles 

The line-up of the artists participating showed an interesting mix of various musical styles ranging from schlager via electro-pop to hardrock. When asked about the favourites, Finnish media and song contest experts mostly named the rockgroup Teräsbetoni who won the last of the three Semi-Finals. Kari Tapio and Mikael Konttinen who won heat one and heat two respectively were named as outsiders for the Finnish Eurovision trophy.

The participants

  1. Movetron - Cupido

  2. Kristian Meurman - Jos En Sua Saa

  3. Cristal Snow - Can't Save Me

  4. Mikael Konttinen - Milloin

  5. Teräsbetoni - Missä Miehet Ratsastaa 
  6. Kari Tapio - Valaise Yö

  7. Qualifier from the Second Chance Round
  8. Qualifier from the Second Chance Round

The winner will be chosen by three rounds of televoting. The first televote will decide which two of the not yet qualified entries will be sung again in the final. The second televote will choose the top three songs for the superfinal and the last vote will decide which song will go to Belgrade to represent the Finnish colours. Finland will take part in the first Semi-Final of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest which will take place in the Beogradska Arena on 20th May. 

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