The five best entries of Finnish rock and metal Eurovision
Remember the time in 2006 when Finland brought hard rock (hallelujah) to Eurovision Song Contest and won?
If ever there was to be a country that reigned supreme in rock and metal at Eurovision Song Contest, it would be Finland! They are the ones who bought us the most and also had the most success in the rock / metal genre.
Today we will celebrate Finland’s Independence Day by looking at their five most successful rock and metal entries.
5. Teräsbetoni – ‘Missä Miehet Ratsastaa’ (2008) – 22nd place
Sporting lots of hair and clad in black leather, Finland bought us some Viking power metal with pyrotechnics in the form of Teräsbetoni in 2008. “Missä Miehet Ratsastaa” is a song whose lyrics just need to be Googled in English – and to which point the Finnish sound of the language in the metal! Lead singer Jarkko Ahola is renowned for his impressive vocal range and is also known for immersing himself in opera.
4. Hanna Pakarinen – “Leave Me Alone” (2007) – 17th place
Hanna pakarinen was very well known in Finland as she was a finalist in the first Finnish “Idol”. Hanna got the chance to perform at home after Lordi claimed Finland’s first Eurovision Song Contest the year before.
3. Softengine – ‘Something Better’ (2014) – 11th place
In 2014, Finland brought rock back to Eurovision Song Contest and the result landed them just outside the top 10 with alternative rock band Softengine. “Something Better” was written just days before the deadline for submitting a candidacy for the Finnish national final. This is Finland’s best result since winning the competition in 2006 and their best result of the decade.
2. Blind Chanel – ‘Dark Side’ (2021) – 6th place
Finland certainly bought their best for the 2021 contest with a rock song that got everyone on their feet! With two singers, Blind Chanel’s “Dark Side” used pyrotechnics (of course) and a lot of energy on the Rotterdam stage. Finland once again proved rock to belong to Eurovision with Blind Chanel scoring three 12-point sets in the televote (as well as three points from Australia) and finished in an impressive 6th place in the big final.
1. Lordi – ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ (2006) – 1st place
In what could be described as a metal monster, in 2006, Lordi appeared in all his glory to claim Finland’s first victory in the Eurovision Song Contest. By winning their semi-final, Lordi shattered a streak for Finland that did not qualify for the grand final, then took the win with 292 points, which at the time was the most points ever to be scored at Eurovision Song Contest. . Lordi gave us a very haunting performance using fireworks and goulish costumes.
Mr Lordi is still a celebrity in Finland and has even participated in the Finnish COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Lordi has released 11 albums now and continues to tour, regularly changing costumes and stage props. Fun fact: not many people have seen what the band looks like without makeup (maybe they don’t wear it ..)
Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät – ‘Aina mun pitää‘- DNQ (2015)
Unfortunately for Finland they have a rock entry that didn’t make the grand finale which is a punk rock band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät in 2015. This band however holds the Eurovision record for the shortest song in completion – just 1 minute and 42 seconds.
So there you have it, a bit of the toughest stuff courtesy of Finland. We’re pretty sure Finland will continue to bring rock and metal to us at Eurovision Song Contest, and we look forward to it!