Saturday, January 28, 2017

Finland - Blackbird - Norma John

Picture from YLE's UMK page
12 - 92 pts in semi 1
Blackbird by Norma John is the winner of the 2017 Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), the quest to find a Eurovision entry for Finland.
Norma John are Leena Tirronen en Lasse Piirainen and they wrote the song themselves.
The song has been released on the digital UMK album and as a seperate digital single (Feb 21).

A 1-track promo cds was made for radio, don't know if there's any promo for Kyiv.

pic from e-bay
Blackbird - ESC/UMK version
- digital release, Kyiv 2CD, radio promo
Blackbird - karaoke (= instrumental)
- digital release 

Leena Tirronen ended third in the 2010 X-Factor in Finland and got to release an album Leena Ihmemaassa (Lena in wonderland) and a few singles. None of them made it to the charts and she was soon dropped from her label (Sony). Lasse Piirainen co-wrote some of the songs on her album.
The pianist/keyboardist/producer tinkled the keys in the past for Milana Misic, Johanna Kurkela, Anna Abreu and more.

Digital single release image
10 songs were lined up for the Finnish Eurovision selection
They all have been released digitally (iTunes) and are available through Spotify
Capitol Records Promo cd-r's of the UMK 2017 album have been distributed by YLE at the UMK live events. (see coments)
The last time an official CD was released was in 2014.

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Links and sources
Thanks to Juha.
Norma John: Facebook
YLE UMK pages
Remember these Finnish entries?: 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Absent Friends

Who is in and who is out. This years contest sees the return of Portugal and Romania, but Bosnia-Herzegovina is out after just one year.

Turkey and Slovakia still aren't coming back and neither are any of the countries that have been absent since the last decade or longer.

And then there's Russia, not participating doen't mean they don't have a page. It's here.

Here are the links to our absent friends’ recent entries.
Bosnia-Herzegovina: 2016 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009
Turkey: 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009
Slovakia: 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009