Wednesday, November 23, 2016

FINLAND: THE FIRST REACTIONS TO #UMK2017 BY FANS AND MEDIA

The #UMK2017 songs have been out in the internet for less than three hours now so let's have a look what the media and fans are saying when it's still hot. In a popular fans chatroom poll the most popular ones right now are Emma, Norma John, Zühlke and My First Band. A total knock out for Club La Persé and Knucklebone Oscar & The Shangri-La Rubies. The entries by Alva and Günther & D'Sanz and Lauri Yrjölä seem to leave fans rather indifferent or get varied response from rather good to rather bad, and Anni does get some positive comments and no one seems to hate her song. On the other hand no one seems to love it either....
Günther gets the most media exposure as expected and his photo is the lead photo in most every article. In Ilta-Sanomat most comments are by the usual Eurovision haters who call for the ending this altogether and knowing beforehand Finland will score null points. Some also complain about the UMK in general and by doing so most make clear they haven't even read the article as their knowledge of details is all wrong, lol. One commenter also says "YLE should be let to have nothing to do with Eurovision selection at the first place" Really? And I thought it's YLE participating, and not Finland as a country and state.... Oh well... 
Anyways, it seems My First Band is the most commonly mentioned favorite here, only because they are "professionals" and known to certain groups of people as PMMP's live band and abroad for this. (And now that would have been awesome entry!)
Iltalehti launched also a poll and Günther & D'Sanz are leading by a margin (756 vs 142 when writing this) over My First Band, followed by Zühlke, Club La Persé, Emma, Alva, Kucklebone, Norma John, Anni and Lauri. They don't have commentary open. 
In other chatrooms the usual disappointment rules and people are calling for Melodifestivalen and why YLE isn't taking this seriously. And why Günther, why? Also many underline the presense of humor/WTF acts just when you thought PKN was enough..... 
That's what this blogger is wondering, too. This said I didn't get overy excited by any of the entries but Norma John and Emma - despite strong Emmelie De Forest vibes - got me kinda interested. My First Band, Alva and Anni are also nice but "nice" has never been enough in Eurovision, has it? Günther luckily has D'Sanz along that makes it worth something. I took liking to him in the Voice, but La Perse (literally translates to La Ass, btw) and Knucklebone .... really, YLE?

I will present each entry in the future posts, stay tuned!


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