Welcome to our brand new weekly series, ‘ESCXTRA’s 2018 Hopefuls’, in which we will tell you who we would like to see in Eurovision next year! This series will keep you entertained with new music from across Europe every Monday until the national final season begins next year, and may give you somebody new to root for to represent your country! Today, we look at who we want to see represent Finland in Eurovision 2018. Let’s get started!
Krista Siegfrids represented Finland in 2013 with the song ‘Marry Me’. However, she only came 24th. She has since competed in the Swedish Melodifestivalen in 2016 and 2017, but didn’t qualify for the final on either occasion. Despite this, numerous of her songs have gone on to do well in the Finnish charts!
If you haven’t listened to Krista’s music since her Eurovision participation in 2013, you may be surprised to hear that she isn’t quite as crazy any more! Her song ‘On & Off’ reached number 8 in the Finnish song and we agree with one of the comments on the video: if Taylor Swift were singing this, it’d be a worldwide hit. It is a fantastic song! If Krista got the right song, we think she could make Europe fall in love with her!
Lucas is an 18 year old Finnish singer and musician from Espoo. He became famous after music produced Milos Rosas heard him singing in a high school music class. Despite being so young, he has already had several hits in Finland, including ‘Täydellisen epätäydellinen’ (Imperfectly perfect)!
Lucas’ music is very on-trend, and he tends to sing in Finnish too! So, he could satisfy many fans who long to see more languages in Eurovision. Lucas would be bound to receive many votes from young girls, he’s the typical cutie you’d expect to see in a poster on their bedroom wall!
How could we talk about Finland and Eurovision without mentioning Saara? Saara finished second in The Voice of Finland in 2012, then competed in Finland’s national final, Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, in 2011 and 2016, finishing second both times, and then took part in the most recent series of The X Factor UK. You can probably guess that she came second there too!
Saara’s voice is beyond outstanding. She was the big favourite to represent Finland in 2016, and we think that if she were to return, she would easily win UMK by a landslide! She can also speak many languages, as evidenced by her cover of the Disney song Let It Go, which she sings in 15 languages. Perhaps she could give Europe a multi-lingual winner?
Through 2008 to 2012, Christel Martina Sundberg was one of the most popular Finnish pop artists. Since 2012, she has been very quiet with only two singles released. Her music has a unique, intersting feel to it. There are 80’s techno influences, as well as some jazz-y vibes!
Chisu’s music is super catchy, and sticks in your head for several hours after listening, which could be helpful in Eurovision! If she were to make a comeback, we think Chisu could pull Finland out of the bad spell that they’re been recently having!
Antti Tuisku is currently one of Finland’s best-selling music artists. He has won several awards for his music, including Record of the Year, Best Pop Album of the Year, and Best Male Artist 2015! His album, En kommentoi, spent nine weeks at number one in the Finnish charts.
Antti’s music is influenced by EDM, which is not seen in Eurovision too often, but could do very well. Especially when performed by one of Finland’s most popular artists! He also has a very unusual style, which would make him stand out and be very memorable to the European audience.
Diandra is most well known for winning the sixth season of the Finnish singing competition Idols in 2012. However, you may recognise her from Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2013, where she came third with her song ‘Colliding Into You’.
More recently, she released her Finnish language single Huitoo. It has a very modern, hip-hop feel to it and would’ve been perfect for Finland in Eurovision! We think that with the right song, she could beat her previous record at UMK.
Janna is very different to the artists we’ve described above; she is an R&B, soul, and neo soul singer! Her album, Janna, topped the Finnish charts in 2014. She sometimes combine her music with pop influences, giving some interesting results that can be quite similar to Mariette’s music.
Janna’s unique blend of music styles could be exactly what is needed for Finland in Eurovision. Her songs, which are always in Finnish, are modern and powerful, a combination that tends to do very well in Eurovision!
Isac Elliot rose to fame in 2013, when he released his song, ‘New Way Home’, and his debut album, ‘Wake Up World’, which both gained success in Finland and Norway. He is also the son of the lead singer of Swedish band The Capital Beat!
Yes, he is extremely young, but he is now 16, which is the minimum age for Eurovision participation. You can see below that he has now grown up, and his voice has dropped an octave or so! He could be described as Finland’s answer to Justin Bieber; his music has a similar style!
Alma’s career began after she came fifth in the seventh season of Finnish Idols in 2013. She disappeared until 2015, when she was featured in Sini Sabotage’s single ‘Muuta ku mä’ (Other stuff). She was subsequently signed to Universal Music, and in 2016 released her single ‘Karma’.
Alma’s music, like Diandra’s, has distinct hip-hop vibes combined with catchy pop. As well as the song, her acid green hair would stick in the mind of Eurovision viewers. Alma could be great for Finland in Eurovision!
Jenni Vartiainen was originally a figure skater, but quit after she was injured during a skating lesson and developed a slipped disc in her spine. She rose to publicity after winning the Finnish singing competition Popstars in 2002. Her music has won her nine Emma Awards, and she has also been nominated for the MTV Europe Music Award for Best Finnish Act!
Jenni’s music is extremely atmospheric and she can captivate audiences with ease. We would love to see her captivate the Eurovision audience with one of her songs! She has been a little quiet recently, so to represent Finland in Eurovision could be the perfect comeback.
Next week, we will look at who we want to see represent Austria!
What do you think of our hopefuls? Is their anybody else you’d like to see for Finland in Eurovision? Do the idea of any of these artists excite you? Tell us in the comments below!