Softengine win Finland's UMK!

Softengine win Finland's UMK!
The band Softengine will represent Finland in Copenhagen. Photo by YLE.
Espoo, Finland -

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:

  1. Softengine - Something Better (Topi Latukka, Henri Oskár)
  2. Hanna Sky - Hope (Hanna Sky)
  3. MIAU - God/Drug (Anu Kaukola, Henna Juvonen)
  4. Lauri Mikkola - Going Down (Lauri Mikkola)
  5. Madcraft - Shining Bright (Tom Nuorivaara, Juho Rinne, Jesse Mäläskä, Otto Uotila)
  6. Mikko Pohjola - Sängyn Reunalla (Mikko Pohjola)
  7. Clarissa feat. Josh Standing - Top Of The World (Paul Oxley, David Neisser, Christian Rabb, Annette Lundell, Joshua Standing)
  8. 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):

  1. Softengine - Something Better
  2. Mikko Pohjola - Sängyn Reunalla (On The Edge Of The Bed)
  3. 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.

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  • Posted on 17 March 2014 at 19:59
    One of my favourites songs so far. I wish you good luck Finland beacuse it's a great song! :D report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 March 2014 at 21:56
    Finland suffers the cultural weight of Sweden and Norway. This year more than ever. Marry Me, last year, wasn't a high-quality hit, but had a message.
    This year Softengine try the rock way. Ok, it would be good if the rock sound was more "unordinary". A good song for the radio, but not for such a competition. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 March 2014 at 20:10
    #1 !!! Best song so far. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 February 2014 at 21:44
    something much much better indeed this time, Finland.. well done!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 February 2014 at 17:53
    My favourite was Mikko Pohjola.... but I start to like Softengine too xD

    Good luck Finland! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 February 2014 at 17:47
    zaur_valizada, just because it's not that kind of music you like, doesn't make everyone else to not to know what music is. That's unfair. I appreciate your opinion, but yet you can't tell what's right music and what's not. In my opinion, Softengine really deserved to win UMK 2014, and surely will be more successful with a song sung in english, rather than Mikko Pohjola's finnish song. Yes, it's such a shame that mostly the songs singed in english gets all the credit in Eurovision, but that is just the way it goes.

    Good luck, Softengine! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 February 2014 at 02:43
    Love this song!! Really pumps you up. Loads of energy and I love that guy's voice!! I didn't realise they were teenagers ;o report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 February 2014 at 21:51
    The song is great. Good luck Finland. you can to be in top 10! For now and 6 selected songs you are my winner :) ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 February 2014 at 20:14
    Not a bad song, just not original enough to be remembered... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 February 2014 at 20:07
    My top so far:
    Sorry if I forget any other selected song! Let the music play on the 6th -8th - and 10th of May!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 February 2014 at 20:04
    Finland couldn't -even on purpose- send a worse song than last year's! I never got how Krista passed to the Grand Final and Monetta stayed out!!
    Anyway,''Something better'' is an interesting song!Good luck Softengine!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 February 2014 at 16:48
    good luck Finland... the song is pretty OK... standard pop-rock thing, but, for suprise it is interesting with something new in it... hope for good place in final!!! All the best from Serbia report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 February 2014 at 11:39
    Good choice Finland! I hope Destan will be selected in France ;) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 February 2014 at 11:24
    To me this song is a grower.
    Not bad but not particularly good either. It feels like an 80's Brit-rock song, and that's only positive:)
    It might grow and become a great song, but it can also become something lesser. Either way, I think it needs a bit more work done.

    The thing with these kind of slow rock songs in ESC is that they rarely get attention. They just disappear among the crowd. This could happen with this one as well. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 February 2014 at 10:08
    Good luck and job guys, finally good song from Finland! I am glad Softengine is our entry, and not something in Finnish. Iin ESC song have to be in english nowadays, no one gives u points if u are singin in Finnish. report to the moderator