Country Of The Month: Finland Part-2!

Photo By: Thomas Hanses (EBU)

Introduction

Country of the month is back. We decided to continue our series of articles “Country Of The Month” with Finland. In a period of four weeks, we are going to remind you of the best Finnish entries. Note: we selected the entries not by their place in their final, but by their impact on the fans.

Lordi – Hard Rock Hallelujah

In 2006, Finland selected Lordi and their song “Hard Rock Hallelujah”.

It was composed by Mr. Lordi. The entry won both the semifinal and the final with 292 points.

Lordi is a Finnish rock band that was formed in 1992 in Rovaniemi. The band is known for the masks the members wear during their shows and the pyrotechnics. The current members of the band are Mr Lordi (Tomi Petteri Putaansuu), Amen (Jussi Antero Sydänmaa), Hella (Henna-Riikka Paakkola), Mana (Antto Nikolai Tuomainen) and Hiisi. Their first album was released in 2002 and became a success in the country. Today, the group has released 10 studio albums and is currently working on its next. Lodi have a very special spot in the heart of every Finnish, after winning the contest in 2006. Is noteworthy that a square at the centre of Rovaniemi, birth town of Mr Lordi, was named “Lordi’s Square” shortly after its Eurovision success.


Finland in the Eurovision
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Finland debuted in the contest in 1961. Since then, it has participated 53 times, missing the contest in 1970, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003. In 1970, the country boycotted the contest due to the fact that the prior year four countries won. The other five times that Finland didn’t participate was due to its poor results to the contest. Under those year’s rules, the countries with the worst results were unable to compete the next year.

The country was considered by many the most under-scored country in the contest until its 2006 victory. Prior to this, Finland had scored last eight times, with its 1982 entry finishing with no points at all. Today, the country has placed in the Top-10 just ten times. Also, it hasn’t qualified to the final on eight times – two of them coming last.

What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think is it one of the most memorable entries from Finland? Let us know in the comment box below.

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