The Finnish flag will be flown by The Rasmus at Eurovision in Turin 🇫🇮26 February 2022 at 22:01 CET
The Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) national final format was once again the pre-selection used by Finnish broadcaster YLE to choose the country’s Eurovision Song Contest entry. After record TV ratings of UMK in 2021, which was followed by a 6th-place Finnish finish at the Contest in Rotterdam, thanks to Blind Channel and Dark Side, a lot of eyes in Finland were on the UMK selection process once more on Saturday night.
These eyes would of course turn into votes, with the televote accounting for 75% of the result, compared to 25% from the jury.
In the end, after the 7 songs were performed, it was The Rasmus that impressed the most, winning both the jury vote and the all-important public televote.
Together for nearly 30 years now, The Rasmus are one of Finland’s most internationally successful groups. Their biggest hit, In the Shadows, has broken the 100 million streaming mark on Spotify, despite being released many years before the streaming platform was even invented. Upon the song’s release in 2003, it was one of the top-selling hits across the globe, cementing Finland’s international status as a rock republic to be reckoned with. The Rasmus have released several albums, won numerous music industry awards, and played gigs all over the world.
According to the band, Jezebel is a song for strong, independent women, who blaze their own trail.
Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest
Finland made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961. Yet, they never managed to place in the top 5 until Lordi triumphed at the contest in 2006 with the iconic winner Hard Rock Hallelujah.
Finland’s victory in 2006 saw thousands of people gather in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, honking car horns, waving flags and singing Lordi’s song. It was a moment of celebration for a country that had never come close to victory in the Eurovision Song Contest, a testament to the country’s perseverance.
It would take until 2021 until Finland troubled the Top 10 at the Contest again, when Blind Channel (who opened UMK broadcast on Saturday night) took their country to a 6th-place finish with Dark Side in Rotterdam.
Can The Rasmus take the Nordic nation to the top half of the scoreboard again?…