Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät win UMK in Finland!
For the past three Saturday evenings the Finnish broadcaster, YLE, has been holding the semi-finals of UMK - Uuden Musikiin Kilpailu, their national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Tonight it was time for the most stunning, most spectacular, funniest and craziest UMK final ever, where Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät emerged as the winners!
Tonight it was time for the final show in Finland's national selection UMK 2015. Nine very varied acts with songs in music genres including bhangra, reggaeton, punk, pop, operatic dance music or symphonic hard rock competed for the honour of representing Finland at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.
If you missed the show or feel like playing it on and on you can watch it on demand in our WebTV player!
The winner Aina mun pitää (I always have to) is a punk song written and performed by Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. At 1:25 (one minute and twenty-five seconds) Aina mun pitää is bound to be the shortest song ever in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The band's name in English is Pertti Kurikka's Name Day. Pertti Kurikan is the guitarist of the band; they are also known by their acronym, PKN.
This four-piece came together at a cultural workshop for the learning disabled and they’ve been making fierce punk rock ever since. A documentary on the band, The Punk Syndrome, was released in 2012 and has won several awards both in Finland and abroad.
The nine finalists
Originally, eighteen participants competed in the UMK heats, but were shortlisted in the semi-finals to tonight's nine acts (winner and final placings in bold):
- Shava - Ostarilla 8th
- Satin Circus - Crossroads 2nd
- Solju - Hold Your Colours 4th
- Järjestyshäiriö - Särkyneiden sydänten kulmilla 9th
- Norlan El Misionario - No Voy A Ilorar Por Ti 7th
- Opera Skaala - Heart of Light 3rd
- Jouni Aslak - Lions and Lambs 6th
- Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät - Aina mun pitää 1st
- Angelo De Nile - All for Victory 5th
First there was a jury voting which only accounted for 10% of the total result. In that vote Satin Circus won with 2,1% (out of the possible 10%):
When the televotes came in it was clear that Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, with 36,2% (out of the possible 90%) were the winners and thus will represent Finland in Vienna.
Finland with PKN's Aina mun pitää will participate in the first Semi-Final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria, on the 19th of May.