In the second episode of their Eurovision warm up programme DR visited Mr. Lordi and Finland to find out what is so particicular Finnish about a hard rock band dressed as monsters and also to look into what Finland actually is: Are they the odd counsin to Scandinavia or Russia's shy younger brother?
Today EBU and the 2014 host broadcaster, DR, announced the running order for the two semi-finals that will take place on the 6th and 8th of May. Armenia opens semi-final 1, while Malta will have the honour of kicking the second one off. Hungary and Romania closes each of their semi-finals.
Hanna Sky and Softengine were early contenders, advancing straight to the final of Uuden Musiikin Kilapilu, while the wait was a little longer for the six other acts. Hosts Anne Lainto and Ile Uusivuori accompany us through the final tonight as Finland focuses its energy on choosing a suitable entry for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.
Tonight in a semi-final show, six acts advanced to the final of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2014 (Finnish selection). In the show there were in total of eight participants fighting. All of them acts that did not manage to win the first and second heat of the selection.
Today the traditional allocation draw was held in order to determine which countries will compete in which semi-final. In other words: It is time to start analysing and guessing on who will in the end qualify for the final and who might not make it.
Tonight we saw the second heat of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, the Finnish preselection for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. Six acts competed for the second spot in the final in Espoo on February 1st. Who would follow the band Softengine who already was sent to the final last week? At the end Hanna Sky was the lucky one while for MAKEA UMK is over.
Softengine were the lucky ones to bag the first final ticket on Saturday night in Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, with Lili Lambert having to make a swift exit. Who will emerge victorious this coming Saturday and just who will be in need of commiseration? Join us and take a look at the form of the last six contenders.
On Monday, the 20th of January the allocation draw for Eurovision 2014 will take place. A live broadcast will happen directly from Copenhagen's town hall. Six pots for the two semi-finals have been announced.
With the first performances out of the way, it was up to the public and jurors to determine tonight just who would win the first spot in the final of UMK 2014. Would soft rock triumph over pop, or would viewers go for style rather than substance? Eurovisionary tuned in to see who would become the first Finnish finalist for the first of February.
Would Greece be in or out? That was one of the questions that got answered today when the list of participating countries for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest was announced. And yes, Greece is among the minimum 36 countries we shall see in Copenhagen in May.