In recent weeks MIAU had a surge in popularity and Mikko Pohjola won our fan poll. But on the night of the #umk14 final in Finland, it was Softengine, the winner of the first heat, that prevailed in Espoo. They’ll be singing their song “Something Better” at Eurovision.

http://youtu.be/bAdz2HKz1PA

UMK 2014 Results

1. Softengine with “Something Better”
2. Mikko Pohjola with “Sängyn reunalla”
3. MIAU with “God/Drug”

Jury results

1. Softengine with “Something Better” 38
2. Mikko Pohjola with “Sängyn reunalla” 35
3. MIAU with “God/Drug” 32
4. Hukka ja Mama with “Selja” 28
5. Lauri Mikkola with “Going Down” 23
6. Clarissa feat. Josh Standing with “Top of the World” 20
7. Hanna Sky with “Hope” 19
8. MadCraft with “Shining Bright” 13

Televoting results

We’ll put this in if/when YLE release it!

Softengine spoke with us in the arena after their first rehearsal. They were tired but sent their love anyway:

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Arianna
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I love this choice. It’s such a hard hitting number and really gets ya pumped with energy. Wooooooo Softengine!!!

Diane
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Diane

It seems like Finland want to emphasize themselves as the land of rock music. But for me, it would be better if Hanna Sky won the competition. She has a great originality.

SJ
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SJ

My TOP 6
1.Ukraine
2.Switzerland
3.Belarus
4.Italy
5.Albania
6.Finland

Carolos
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Carolos

BORRRRRING. THey should have gone with Mikko or Hannah. Their songs are beautiful. This is so teenager 1995. Fake Blink 182

Alex
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Alex

No, I meant the international voting audience at Eurovision, who generally don’t understand Finnish.

Jacob
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Jacob

Meh

Pera
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Pera

Axel you write Mikko would have mystified the voters who don’t understand Finnish, i think UMK 2014 final is in Finland and in Finald speak finish language and in one part of Finaland and swedish languare.

Alex
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Alex

Yep, my prediction for winner was correct. Hey, this is probably Finland’s best choice. The song sounds really good in studio (which tends to help with jury voting, I think, since they seem to listen to the songs well before the rehearsals) and they give a confident performance, even if their vocals aren’t perfect. Mikko would have mystified the voters who don’t understand Finnish.

Admittedly, I would’ve preferred MIAU. Still, this is probably a good thing for Finland. Keep in mind they have the advantage of being second half in their semifinal, too.

marcus
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marcus

It’s such a lack luster song. But with the small amount of countries in the semi-final then it could get through to the final where it will make little impact.

Z24
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Z24

Not my favorite song, but it’s a great effort. I hope they turn up their rock sound. Congrats Finland!

MIAU was a guilty pleasure, adn Mikko was a great performer, but feared he would go through unnoticed at the contest

Buttered-Coffee
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Buttered-Coffee

Softengine has an okay chance into getting into the final, But winning might be a bit too out of reach

D
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D

What’s wrong with you Finland? My favourite was Hanna Sky but I came to terms that she probably wasn’t going to win and that Mikko had a way better chance than her. But Softengine? Really? Probably one of the worst choices. Finand, you’re lucky you’re in semi-final two or you would’ve been left behind.

Bb
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Bb

Yawn.