The first radio preview is over and the real thing starts on Saturday. YLE even managed to get that previews show online after all. After a very confusing hassle on their website: First with links that never lead to the radio show. Then they were off for awhile before emerging again in the "Listen & View" section. Anyway, better late than never. The show can be heard on www.yle.fi/eurovision with the wonderful Sanna Kojo presenting.
Here's a little preview of my thoughts right after the show. I'm known to have a weird taste so I repeat it is just my personal thoughts and nothing more. I don't even try to predict the outcome!
Jani & Jetsetters offer two songs true to their style. Both will probably be radio hits in Finland and their fans will be happy, but is it suitable stuff for Eurovision? No, I don't think so! Way too Finnish. (Way too much Finland 1996 and we all remember how that ended up!)
Etupenkillä ** Musta sulhanen ***
Hanna Pakarinen offers "the ballad and the other one" as she said before. The ballad has a little country flavour to it (well, I think so) and is pleasant enough. The other one is rather rock but are her songs strong enough? Hmm.... I'm a bit disappointed at this point but support Hanna anyways! I know my expectations were too high!
Tell me what to do *** Leave me alone ****
Thunderstone is the surprise. Not a fan of metal or hard rock and almost anti-Thunderstone before tonight, I must admit they offer two solid numbers and I can't choose which one's the better of the two. Are they suitable for Eurovision? Maybe not, but then what IS after Lordi?
Forevermore **** Face in the mirror ****