- Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Infobox Eurovision country
Name = Finland
National selection event =
Member station = Yleisradio Oy (YLE)
ESC apps = 42
ESC first = 1961
ESC best = 1st (2006)
ESC worst = Last (1963, 1965, 1968, 1980, 1982, 1990, 1992, 1996)
Website = [http://www.yle.fi/eurovision/main.php YLE page]
EBU page = http://www.eurovision.tv/index/main?page=67&country=22
Finland first entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961, and has participated a total of 42 times. Finland won the contest for the first time in 2006 with
Lordi's " Hard Rock Hallelujah". Previously, its best showing was Marion Rung’s song "Tom tom tom" in 1973, which was placed 6th.
Before the 2006 victory, Finland was considered by many as the ultimate under-achiever of Eurovision. It has placed last total eight times and scored "nul points" (zero points) three times. Finland's entry in
1982, "Nuku pommiin" by Kojo, was one of only fifteen songs since the modern scoring system was instituted in 1975to earn no points. (Norway has placed last ten times and scored zero points "four" times, but it has also won twice.) In 2006, Finland finally gained victory, with an entry radically different from the mainstream europopthat dominates the competition: a hard rock song, played by a monster band in an over-the-top fashion. The band Lordiand its song "Hard Rock Hallelujah" broke records scoring the highest number of points in Eurovision Song Contest history (292).
All Finland's entries were in English between 2000 and 2007, and between 1973 and 1976; both of these periods allowed submissions in any
language. All of Finland’s other songs have been in Finnish, except in 1990, when "Fri?" by Beat was in Swedish.
In voting patterns, Finland has traditionally supported and been supported by the Baltic nations, such as
Estoniaand Latvia. However, it also has close ties to other Nordic countries. In 2004, Finland's first-place vote went to Sweden; in 2005, it contributed 12 points to Norway; in 2006, it was Russia's turn to get the 12 points, but it was Serbia who got their top score in 2007. The first time in Eurovision history that Sweden gave Finland 12 points was in 2006 for Lordi's song "Hard Rock Hallelujah". In 2007, they repeated this, giving 12 points to Hanna Pakarinenwith "Leave Me Alone". Finland has also given notably high points to Italy, but that country has not competed since 1997.
* [http://www.eurovision.tv/ Eurovision official website]
* [http://members.fortunecity.com/mcdeil69/xtfin.htm Finnish voting history]
* [http://tirydou.free.fr/Finales_nationales/2009/finlande.html National Final 2009]
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