All finalists chosen in Finland

All finalists chosen in Finland
MIAU, are one of the finalists in Finland's UMK. Photo: YLE
Helsinki, Finland -

The twelve original participants in UMK 2014, the Finnish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest have been shortened to eight acts after the three semi-finals. In tonight's second chance show two were evicted and six got through to next week's final.

The semi-final tonight was in fact a second chance round with the eight acts that had progressed from the first two live shows. The line-up was as follows:

  • Madcraft - Shining Bright (Tom Nuorivaara, Juho Rinne, Jesse Mäläskä, Otto Uotila)
  • Hukka ja Mama - Selja (Lasse Hukka)
  • Lauri Mikkola - Going Down (Lauri Mikkola)
  • Jasmin Michaela - Kertakäyttösydän (Mikko Kierikki, Jasmin Michaela, Jutta Annala, Johanna Viksten)
  • Dennis Fagerström - My Little Honey Bee (Dennis Fagerström, Michael James Down, Niklas Hast, Andreas Anastasiou, Primoz Poglajen)
  • MIAU - God/Drug (Anu Kaukola, Henna Juvonen)
  • Mikko Pohjola - Sängyn Reunalla (Mikko Pohjola)
  • Clarissa feat. Josh Standing - Top Of The World (Paul Oxley, David Neisser, Christian Rabb, Annette Lundell, Joshua Standing)

In the second chance the jury only commented on the performances and didn't rate them by giving points. So it was down to the audience to decide which contestants would proceed to the finals.

Two were eliminated from the competition: Dennis Fagerström and Jasmin Michaela.
while six other qualified to the finals: Mikko Pohjola, MIAU, Madcraft, Hukka ja Mama, Lauri Mikkola and Clarissa feat. Josh Standing. There they will meet Softengine and Hanna Sky who directly qualified from the semi-finals.

Tonight's guest performer was the hip hop artist Brädi, whose performance featured one of the UMK judges, Toni Wirtanen.

The UMK final

Finland's national final takes place next Saturday the 1st of February in Espoo and you'll be able to follow it live here on our Web TV Player. The line-up looks like this:

  • Softengine - Something Better (Topi Latukka, Henri Oskár)
  • Hanna Sky - Hope (Hanna Sky)
  • Madcraft - Shining Bright (Tom Nuorivaara, Juho Rinne, Jesse Mäläskä, Otto Uotila)
  • Hukka ja Mama - Selja (Lasse Hukka)
  • Lauri Mikkola - Going Down (Lauri Mikkola)
  • MIAU - God/Drug (Anu Kaukola, Henna Juvonen)
  • Mikko Pohjola - Sängyn Reunalla (Mikko Pohjola)
  • Clarissa feat. Josh Standing - Top Of The World (Paul Oxley, David Neisser, Christian Rabb, Annette Lundell, Joshua Standing)

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  • Posted on 31 January 2014 at 22:32
    Im probably just none, but if you want to send a song, that is in Finnish, then go with Sängyn Reunalla

    But personally, my favorite ones are Lauri's song ''Going Down'' and ''Something better'' by Softengine.

    Best of luck, Finland, from Latvia. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 January 2014 at 17:57
    Hi,

    Hanna Sky would be a choice for save.
    Softengine isn't good in my mind.

    But Hukka ja Mama could be a very big surprise in Kopenhagen.

    I like this song very much, he is something very special.

    Vote for Hukka ja Mama and Selja!!!!

    Greetings from Germany report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 January 2014 at 16:50
    Softengine to go to Copenhagen report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 January 2014 at 06:39
    My favourites are Selja and Sängyn Reunalla. The only songs that are not in English. Sadly, they have no chance. Not in "eurovision taste". But i'd be extremely happy if one of these two will win. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 January 2014 at 18:52
    HOPE is the best song. Good luck Finland!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 January 2014 at 17:55
    Why since 2009 Finland eliminate the best songs and send the less succesfull?I cannot even today,after 5 years get why Kwan did not went on to represent Finland in Eueovision!!!
    Anyway,good luck!!!!My choice is Softengine!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 January 2014 at 22:35
    My favourite is Softengine. Although I also like Clarissa & Josh, MadCraft and Lauri Mikkola. Even Mikko. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 January 2014 at 01:08
    Clarissa feat. Josh is the great song ! Finland choice Clarissa & Josh !!! :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 January 2014 at 18:45
    Clarissa ft. Josh should win!!! :3 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 January 2014 at 15:02
    Clarissa and Josh to Denmark with top of the world please!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 January 2014 at 13:21
    Jasmin Michaela - Kertakäyttösydän should have been in the final; the slight change in the song's arrangement compared to the jury performance version may have played a factor.

    I think the final will be between Softengine - Something Better and Hanna Sky - Hope, both safe eurovision songs. However Hukka ja Mama - Selja or Mikko Pohjola - Sängyn Reunalla would add something new to the competition. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 January 2014 at 11:04
    Jasmin should have been in the final!The song is really good!
    Please Finland send something good!!
    My top for Finland
    1.Something Better
    2.Sangyn Reunalla
    3.God/Drug report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 January 2014 at 06:16
    Jasmin Michaela should have been in the final!! Her song is very Eurovision-friendly, other than the fact that it is in Finnish and not English (but the Finnish language only adds to the appeal, honestly). MIAU and Madcraft's screaming should have gotten them booted today.

    As far as the best song for Eurovision itself, Clarissa feat. Josh Standing or Hanna Sky will do Finland some justice. I do want Hukka ja Mama to win now, though. It has the folk charm and native appeal that Eurovision has lost with the rampage of 20-something beautiful women (who can barely hit a note) on the Eurovision stage. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 January 2014 at 02:01
    Clarissa feat. Josh Standing - Top of the world report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 January 2014 at 02:00
    I believe that the three-minute rule is still valid? Well, no matter what: One good song (Hope) and one really boring one were already in the final. Tonight I think all the rest of the best songs went through to the final... So well done Finland
    ! report to the moderator