Saturday, February 20, 2016

ESC 2016 FINLAND: #UMK16 SEMIFINAL THREE TONIGHT

Third and final semifinal of #UMK16 comes from YLE's studios in Helsinki. Three songs will be televoted to the final. And in the final we will have the 50th Finnish Eurovision entry!
Here we have mostly totally or almost unknown artists to the great public. Tuuli Okkonen might ring a bell and she's also an UMK returnee. Among the songwriters the other by the group of Eurovision wannabes infesting every national final they can. 

Lieminen - Pehmeiden arvojen puolesta (Pro soft values) 
(Lieminen, P. Siitonen) Review
Tuuli Okkonen - Don't wake me up 
(Michael James Down, Primoz Poglajen, Dimitri Stassos, Tuuli Okkonen, Johnny Sanchez, Sara Ljungren/Michael James Down, Primoz Poglajen, Tuuli Okkonen) Review
Gušani Brothers - Poom poom 
(Irfan/Gušani Brothers) Review
Barbe-Q-Barbies - Let me out 
(Janne Saksa/Niki Westerback, Tracy Lipp) Review
Pietarin Spektaakkeli - Liian kuuma (Too hot) 
(Pietari Kiviharju, Antti Hynninen/Pietari Kiviharju) Review
Sandhja - Sing it away 
(Sandhja, Milos Rosas, Heikki Korhonen, Petri Matara, Markus Savijoki/Sandhja, Petri Matara, Milos Rosas, Markus Savijoki) Review

In our little poll Gusano bros come out the winner (I may be a little partial here) followed by Barbe-Q-Barbies and Sandja. But we all think Tuuli Okkonen and Barbe-Q-Barbies will qualify while Sandhja and Gusani Bros tie for the third slot. No one of us believes Lieminen nor Pietarin Spektaakkeli will make it.
But then, Pietarikn Spektaakkeli came second in the preview show's televoting! Yle's panel voted Sandhja, Barbe-Q-Barbies and Lieminen to the final....
Finnish fans chatroom poll goes the same way_ Sandhja and Barbe-Q-Barbies in lead, followed now surprisingly by Gusano bros who has passed Tuuli Okkonen. Not a chance for the two songs in Finnish..... The same in the international fans poll where Sandhja and Barbe-Q-Barbies are leading and Gusani Bros have taken a lead on Tuuli.....
Let's see if the Finnish televoters give us some unpleasant surprises.....

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