Softengine win Finland's UMK!
After the presentation and elimination shows in the past weeks it was time today to choose the Finnish entry in the final of UMK 2014. The jury favourites, Softengine, were announced as the winners and their song Someting Better becomes Finland's entry in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.
Finland's national final, UMK 2014, took place tonight at the Barona Arena in Espoo. In the beginning there were twelve acts, four of them were eliminated in the past weeks while two of them, Softengine and Hanna Sky went straight to the final. The final line-up, in order of appearance, was like this:
- Softengine - Something Better (Topi Latukka, Henri Oskár)
- Hanna Sky - Hope (Hanna Sky)
- MIAU - God/Drug (Anu Kaukola, Henna Juvonen)
- Lauri Mikkola - Going Down (Lauri Mikkola)
- Madcraft - Shining Bright (Tom Nuorivaara, Juho Rinne, Jesse Mäläskä, Otto Uotila)
- Mikko Pohjola - Sängyn Reunalla (Mikko Pohjola)
- Clarissa feat. Josh Standing - Top Of The World (Paul Oxley, David Neisser, Christian Rabb, Annette Lundell, Joshua Standing)
- Hukka ja Mama - Selja (Lasse Hukka)
The final results
After the participating songs were performed, there was an interval act featuring one member of the professional jury: Redrama. Then it was time for that jury, also formed by Aija Puurtinen, Tomi Saarinen and Toni Wirtanen to give their marks. They evaluated each song in a scale from one to ten and this was their total result:
Softengine with 38 points, Mikko Pohjola with 35 and MIAU with 32 points were the jury favourites. After that, last year's winner of UMK, Krista Siegfrids, performed her new single Cinderella. Then the televoting results were added and it was announced that the same three were in the strong Top 3 (winner in bold):
- Softengine - Something Better
- Mikko Pohjola - Sängyn Reunalla (On The Edge Of The Bed)
- MIAU - God/Drug
The female band MIAU got the 3rd place with the powerful performance of God/Drug, Mikko Pohjola was 2nd with the delicate Sängyn Reunalla and the winners are... SOFTENGINE! They reprised Something Better as the entry of Finland in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest (the performance below is from the UMK semi-final).
The winners, Softengine
Big sounds and epic melodies – that’s what Softengine is about. The members of this 5-piece band look up to such bands as Muse and 30 Seconds to Mars. If there’s any justice in this world, Softengine will be as huge as their idols very soon. They’re not in any hurry though; the guys are only between 16 and 19 years of age!
Softengine will participate in the 2nd Semi-Final in Copenhagen (Denmark) on the 8th of May. You can watch the Finnish final show on demand through our Web TV Player.