The Eurovision Song Contest was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the 2021 preparations for the Europe’s biggest song contest are ongoing. The contest will be organized in Rotterdam in Netherlands and most likely in their Ahoy Arena, as planned in 2020 says Eurovision World Website.

 

This year the contest will be organized the 65th time and the theme “Open Up” stayed from 2020. The original idea for the theme “Open Up” was to open up to other people, their opinions, stories, and of course to their music says Sietse Bakker, the Executive Producer of the show in interview done back in 2019. The theme gives the participating countries the freedom to use the catchphrase in a way they see fit and in a way, the theme goes well in 2021, as the world hopefully starts to slowly open up after the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

There will be 41 countries participating this year and some of them will keep their original song from 2020. Aksel Kankaanranta was supposed to represent Finland in 2020 Eurovision song contest with his song “Looking Back”, but that didn’t unfortunately happen. Finland holds a yearly UMK (Uuden musiikin kilpailu=New music competition) contest to determine which song is sent to represent our country. This competition is ongoing and Aksel is one of the contestants with a new song called “Hurt”. This song is meaningful and personal to him and he hopes the song might help people suffering of mental health issues. On February 20th, 2021 we will know the winner of the UMK final and if Aksel will win two times in a row in Finland. We will have to wait and see if Aksel will make it to the big stage of the Eurovision song contest to represent Finland this year.

 

The UMK final has total of seven artists competing to be on the spotlight in Rotterdam. These artists are: Aksel, Oskr, Teflon Brothers & Pandora, Danny, Laura, Blind Channel and Ilta. Teflon Brothers and Pandora sing a song called “I love you” and I have to say, it is an earworm for sure. Oskr sings in English and his song is full of emotion. Laura is well known in Finland as well as in Estonia. These seven lucky contestants were picked among nearly 300 submissions and you can listen to their songs here. Share which one is your favorite.

 

If not Aksel or the other six, will the winner be Danny’s emotional funeral song?

 

Danny, also known Ilkka Lipsanen, is a well-known Finnish singer and his partaking song is called Sinä päivänä, kun kaikki rakastaa mua or in English; That day when everyone loves me. First time Danny submitted a song to the Finnish try-outs was in 1966 with a song called Pieni sana (Small word) and this year will be his eight time being a contestant trying out to the main event. He has not yet won to get to represent Finland in the actual Eurovision Song Contest, however, when measured in years, he definitely has the longest career in Eurovision’s in Finland.

 

Fun facts:

 

The first Eurovision song contest was organized in Switzerland in 1956

The first winner was Lys Assia (Switzerland) with her song Refrain

Finland partook for the first time in 1961

Finland’s firs song was Valoa ikkunassa performed by Laila Kinnunen

Finland has been part of the Eurovision Song Contest total of 53 times, being on the last place 10 times, and getting zero points three times

Finland has won the Eurovision Song Contests only once in 2006 with a song Hard Rock Hallelujah by Lordi

 

This song contest is not well known in the US, however, Netflix might be the game changer with that. In 2019 Netflix live streamed the semi-finals and the finals to their subscribers. Netflix also offers its customers a Eurovision Song Contest themed movie starred by Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams and the movie carries the title “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”.

Let’s hope Finland wins this year! Semi-finals of the Eurovision will be aired on May 18th and the 20th, and the grand final will be on Saturday 22nd of May 2021. Mark your calendar and Good Luck to Finland!