Five iconic Eurovision songs for Finland's Indepedence Day
Words from Alyce Collett
December 6 is Independence Day in Finland, which celebrates Finland’s declaration of Independence from Russia in 1917. To celebrate, let’s take a look at some of the most iconic Eurovision entries from the Scandinavian nation.
5. Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät - Aina Mun Pitää (16th in Semi Final 1 in 2015)
Although this entry was a disaster scoring wise, finishing dead last in it’s semi final, but it is iconic for what it did for social representation. The band was made up entirely of people with a disability, which is not something that happens very much at Eurovision.
4. Norma John - Blackbird (12th in Semi Final 1 in 2017)
A favourite for many fans back in 2017, the slow, peaceful song was not like anything Finland had sent in a while or have subsequently sent since. The staging was quite simple also and not over the top, which fitted the song perfectly.
3. Saara Aalto – Monsters (25th in 2018)
This one makes the cut for it’s staging more than anything else. Remember the rotating wheel at the beginning of the performance? Or Saara’s drop right at the end? She was definitely ‘scared no more’ after that one! Quirky staging to match an equally as quirky song.
2. Krista Siegfrids - Marry Me (24th in 2013)
This one is iconic for it’s notoriety. The same sex kiss at the end of the performance caused quite the controversy, particularly in more conservative countries. Krista did it as a protest of the fact that at the time gay marriage was not legal in Finland.
1. Lordi - Hard Rock Hallelujah (1st in 2006)
How could this not be number one? Finland’s only victory so far is not only the most iconic entry from Finland, it is one of the most iconic entries ever. So far they are the only rock band to ever win the contest, and who could forget those costumes?