This year's Finnish final - 2011 Eurovision Laulukilpailu - consists of three semi-finals held at the YLE TV studios in Tampere. The top 3 songs in each heat (chosen by sms- and televoting) qualify for the final. After all the semi-finals have been held, an "expert" jury will award a so-called "wildcard" for one of the losing songs meaning that the total number of songs in the final will amount to 10.
The five candidates in tonight's first semi-final were the following (qualifiers in bold):
The 2011 Finnish final will be held on the 12th of February at Turku's Caribia Arena and will be hosted by longterm presenter Jaana Pelkonen and newcomer Tom Nylund.