Finland: First two finalists clear

Finland: First two finalists clear
Mikael Saari one of the first two finalists in Finland (Photo: YLE)
Helsinki, Finland -

The first qualification round just took place in Finland for their 2013 national selection UMK. After the results of the expert jury and the televote were mixed it turned out that both Mikael Saari and Diandra go straight to the Final in February. Iina Salin, Last Panda and Rautakoura will have a second chance in the semi-final.

The Contest for New Music (Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu), UMK 2013, reaches its elimination stages. Tonight, the first of two qualification shows took place. These were the six acts that competed today (qualifiers in bold):

  • Iina Salin - Last Night (Iina Salin, Tommi Gröhn)
  • Last Panda - Saturday Night Forever (Last Panda, Henry Tikkanen, Aapo Immonen)
  • Mikael Saari - We Should Be Through (Mikael Saari, Kai Poutanen, Tuomas Vertanen)
  • Ilari Hämäläinen - Sytytä Mut Vaan / Light Me Up (Ilari Hämäläinen)
  • Rautakoura - Ilmalaivalla / Board On Air (Lauri Häme, Rautakoura)
  • Diandra - Colliding Into You (Sharon Vaughn, Patrick Sarin, Leri Leskinen, Janne Oinas, Leri Leskinen)

Only the expert jury full results were shown: Mikael was first with 38 points and Diandra second with 32. Later they were also announced as the two acts proceeding to the final. Both Mikael and Diandra (pictured below) were among the favourites beforehand and this result met those expectations.

Ilari Hämäläinen (21 points) ended in the last place of the jury vote and thus he leaves the competition. The remaining three acts Iina Salin (29 points), Last Panda (27 points) and Rautakoura (26 points) will have another go in the semi-final on the 31st of January.

Next Thursday 24th of January the second live qualifying show will take place again in The Circus club in Helsinki.


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  • Posted on 20/January 2013 at 13:07
    I hope that Inna wili be in final and Last Panda. First group od 6 songs are better , in second group only Arion and Krista is good.
    I don t think so , that Finish wili be choose another ballad 3 years in row. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20/January 2013 at 12:27
    Gibe me a D give a an I give me an A give me a N give me a D give me a R give me an A ! Diandra for the win ! I mean,Eurovision 2014 Helsinki ! <3 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/January 2013 at 22:32
    Sorry I meant Finland ;) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/January 2013 at 21:56
    Finald you have to vote for Diandra =) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/January 2013 at 17:20
    Mikael Saari to Malmo!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/January 2013 at 16:12
    Good luck Finnish brothers :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/January 2013 at 12:22
    My favourites for this qualification round are:

    Diandra - Colliding Into You
    Iina Salin - Last Night

    'Colliding Into You', the opening verse sounds similar to Rihanna - Unfaithful; leading to a Kelly Clarkson style chorus. Overall a beautiful song. Would like to also see Iina Salin at the national final. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/January 2013 at 10:59
    Mikael Saari and Arion are by far the best candidates, so hopefully one of them will be chosen! :)

    @Eduu_Argentine, no, next week it will of course be 6 different songs competing (to get to the final) :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/January 2013 at 06:40
    I wholeheartedly agree with the finalists. Mikael Saari has the best package of the bunch with Diandra being the best singer, sadly the song isn't anything amazing.

    There really are no good enough songs among the six others (maybe apart from Great Wide North), so I hope those two make the top two of the final as well. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/January 2013 at 01:48
    Brazil goes for Mr. Saari representing Finland in ESC. So beautiful performance!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/January 2013 at 01:44
    Brazil goes for Finland with Mr. Saari. Very beautiful performance! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/January 2013 at 00:43
    The next round will be with the same songs!? That's some that I don't understand... sorry, I'm blond LOL.
    Ok, well I think I liked Last panda, and my fav far is Diandra ♥ She has a wonderful voice! Good luck to her! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17/January 2013 at 23:18
    Yes, they have the best songs by far! Good luck to them both! report to the moderator