Eurovision 2022 Finland profile: 'Jezebel' by The Rasmus
Finland in Eurovision
Finland made their debut in 1961, with them eventually taking out their first Eurovision title 45 years later, in 2006, when Lordi won the Contest with 'Hard Rock Hallelujah'.
Finland has made 54 appearances at Eurovision and finished in the top 10 on 13 occasions.
Last year Blind Channel gave Finland their best result since their win in 2006, with 'Dark Side' receiving a 6th place finish.
2022 entry: The Rasmus - 'Jezebel'
The Rasmus will compete in the first half of the second semi-final
My Eurovision Scoreboard ranking: 19th
Odds to win ranking: 16th
(Rankings as of 5 April 2022)
About the artist
The Rasmus was formed in Helsinki in 1994 while the members were still teenagers. The band has seen multiple line ups since its formation, with the only constant member being lead vocalist Lauri Ylönen.
The Rasmus has released nine studio albums and have sold five million albums worldwide.
While popular in Finland and parts of Europe, it took until the release of their fifth album for the band to see worldwide success. 'In The Shadows' off their 2003 album 'Dead Letters' was a huge global hit. It topped the charts in Finland, Germany, Hungary and New Zealand. 'In The Shadows' reached No. 23 on the ARIA singles chart.
About the song
'Jezebel' was co-written by Lauri Ylönen and Desmond Child. Desmond Child was the one of the songwriters behind the United Kingdom's 2013 Eurovision entry, 'Believe in Me', sung by Bonnie Tyler.
You may have heard Desmond Child's name before, as he has serious song writing credibility. He has coined some massive hits for Bon Jovi ('Bad Medicine', 'Livin' on a Prayer'), Kiss ('I Was Made for Lovin' You'), as well as Aerosmith, Cher, Alice Cooper and Ricky Martin.
The Rasmus have stated that 'Jezebel' is a song for strong, independent women, who blaze their own trail.
How were The Rasmus chosen for Eurovision?
The Rasmus competed with their entry 'Jezebel' in the Finnish National Final, 'Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu' (UMK) which was held on 26 February 2022. The group were touted as the hot favourite to win going into the competition. The UMK winner was chosen via a public vote of 75% and an international jury vote of 25%
There were seven acts competing at this year's UMK, and The Rasmus came first in both the televote and the jury vote and easily won the competition with 310 points, 89 points ahead of second place.
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Finland will compete in semi-final 2, opening the show, on May 12 (European time) in Turin.