Wednesday, May 16, 2018

FINLAND: NEARLY 2 MILLION VIEWERS FOR THE EUROVISION FINAL - WHILE 2019 IS STILL UNCERTAIN

YLE declares satisfied with the Eurovision 2018 adventures, despite the disappointing 25th place or second to last, in the final. 1,9 million viewers were registered for the final on Saturday night while 1,5 million watched the first semi-final, and in Yle Areena, the web portal Eurovision content was viewed over 800.000 times, and Yle's Eurovision website had over 1,2 million visits. 
Meanwhile there has been a lot of talk about this year's selecting process, media demanding to know how much money was spent - aka tax payers money - in promoting Saara Aalto's career. Yle has refused to give any numbers saying Eurovision is an all year round project and it's not possible to give exact sums. Hmm...  People are not happy. 
They are also yet undecided what to do next year; open call or internal selection of the artist. The later might be a better choice at this point when they have angered the songwriters in the country (when changing the selection process all of sudden and throwing the 400 received submission out of the window saying they're not good enough and jumping on Saara Aalto instead), and propably many an artist, too. But who would be willing to take on the task? I mean someone big enough, talented enough and experienced enough to fit the criteria? 
Yle has also opened an idea box for next year's UMK; so if you have ideas, comments or whatsoever you can write it down here

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