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XTRA DECIDES: 🇫🇮 Sara Siipola – Paskana

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XTRA DECIDES sees the team here at ESCXTRA score the Eurovision national final songs, reviewing our winner. Follow us from here through to March 2024 as we make our choices for Eurovision 2024.

On Saturday Finland makes it’s choice for Eurovision 2024 with UMK – Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu. Among the seven songs, four of them were favourites for the team. With the most points however Sara Siipola with the song “Paskana” is our choice.

1Sara Siipola – Paskana1144
2Cyan Kicks – Dancing With Demons1003
3Sini Sabotage – Kuori Mua983
4Windows95man & Henri – No Rules682
5Mikael Gabriel x Nublu – Vox Populi550
6Jesse Markin – Glow430
7Sexmane – Mania380
While this is not my favourite in the UMK line-up, it’s still a very solid entry. The national final is just so strong that it’s hard to decide which one is the best! I love the vibe of the song, and the message as well. You can even understand it if you don’t speak Finnish, in my opinion. It’s something you’d hear on the radio, but it would absolutely do well in Eurovision as well. Plus, another song in Finnish is always great!
We all knew this year would be challenging for YLE – selecting an act to follow Käärijä’s steps was not going to be an easy task. While several songs in this year’s selection are clearly trying to replicate Käärijä’s extravagance, the one song that stood out for me was precisely the one going in a different direction. The way Sara’s ‘Paskana’ builds up is very well constructed, topped by an impecable and modern chorus. Also, those last four notes hit just right!

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