Tonight it was time for the final show in Finland's national selection UMK 2015. Nine very varied acts with songs in music genres including bhangra, reggaeton, punk, pop, operatic dance music or symphonic hard rock competed for the honour of representing Finland at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.
The winner Aina mun pitää (I always have to) is a punk song written and performed by Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. At 1:25 (one minute and twenty-five seconds) Aina mun pitää is bound to be the shortest song ever in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The band's name in English is Pertti Kurikka's Name Day. Pertti Kurikan is the guitarist of the band; they are also known by their acronym, PKN.
This four-piece came together at a cultural workshop for the learning disabled and they’ve been making fierce punk rock ever since. A documentary on the band, The Punk Syndrome, was released in 2012 and has won several awards both in Finland and abroad.
Originally, eighteen participants competed in the UMK heats, but were shortlisted in the semi-finals to tonight's nine acts (winner and final placings in bold):
First there was a jury voting which only accounted for 10% of the total result. In that vote Satin Circus won with 2,1% (out of the possible 10%):
When the televotes came in it was clear that Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, with 36,2% (out of the possible 90%) were the winners and thus will represent Finland in Vienna.
Finland with PKN's Aina mun pitää will participate in the first Semi-Final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria, on the 19th of May.