In the aftermath of Finland’s #umk14 final a few weeks ago, some of our readers suggested that the jury was responsible for Softengine winning the national selection. As it turns out televoters were complicit in the decision. Earlier today YLE revealed the results of the public vote for the top three contestants, and they align with the jury’s rankings.

Jury scores

1. Softengine — 38 points (18.27%)
2. Mikko Pohjola  — 35 (16.83%)
3. MIAU — 32 (15.38%)
4. Hukka ja Mama — 28 (13.46%)
5. Lauri Mikkola — 23 (11.06%)
6. Clarissa & Josh Standing — 20 (9.62%)
7. Hanna Sky — 19 (9.13%)
8. MadCraft — 13 (6.25%)

Televoting scores

1. Softengine — 28.28%
2. Mikko Pohjola — 19.48%
3. MIAU — 13.94%

The Finnish public and jury had a clear winner. Now that you Hanna Sky, Mikko Pohjola and Clarissa & Josh fans have had time to reflect, do you think that Finland chose the best act? To help you we’re posting the text of the song below, along with the lyric video. Reflect. Digest. And then let us know what you’re thinking!

Someting Better lyrics — Softengine

Even human bound
People rolling dice
Image on the ground
Such a novel life
He thought
While knowing nothing at all

Every option noted
Or tendency made
They will carry on
Until the perfect day
She said
While knowing nothing at all

All the rules wide known
They mean nothing to mean
Everything I’m used to
Seems to be
Fine misshapen
Made up fantasy
Should let go
Should let go

But we found something better
Plain answer
However
For I’ll not
Surrender
We found something better

Vis-a-vis
Estranged
And we got close
Trust full of lies
Sure how it goes
They told
While knowing nothing at all

Talking loud ’bout future
In our hands
Exchanging dreams
And how they’ll last
No, no
Still knowing nothing at all

But we found something better
Plain answer
However
For I’ll not
Surrender
We found something better

All these words
Reflected back to me
All these words
I’m buying why?
All these words
The live’s grand mystery
All these words
A sweet white lie

All these words
She meant to say to me
All these words
Against my faith
All these words
Before she passed away
All these words
We’ll never, never, never change

we found something better
Plain answer
However
For I’ll not
Surrender

We found something better
We found…
We found..
We found…
We found…

Photo: Tomi Mikola / YLE

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:)
:)
6 years ago

Yes they are the best and was and always will be!:) I’m soo happy that because of esc I found them! I really find something better! even if they was soo underrated:(

edward co
edward co
6 years ago

Having just watched Eurovision I can offer the opinion that SoftEngine was the best of the whole show and a good counterpoint to all the other predictable acts (although, the beard itself was a surprise). Their wacky lyrics aside, it had both the energy and dazzle that most other acts lacked. Also, it didn’t remind me of Viva la vida, except in the sense that Cold Play screwed up their song, and SoftEngine’s song was simply Something Better.

Benny van den Brink
Benny van den Brink
6 years ago

In my opinion this song and performance was the best of the whole contest. They deserved to be number one last Saturday.
Benny Weesp, The Netherlands

Branco
6 years ago

Brilliant song.

MORE rock in ESC please…Much better music than cheesy chsclagers and dull euroballads.

This is moderne, skilled, powerful…one of the best entries

Hope Lee
Hope Lee
6 years ago

I loved this song but his voice isn’t good enough

Francel
Francel
6 years ago

I am so sad because my favorite was Hanna Sky with “Hope”. The song has a magic and hard influences but, another year will better Finland.

Pastora Soler haha
Pastora Soler haha
6 years ago

I’m sorry Finland but I think you had a wrong choice MIAU was great!! And your national final rocks! It has a hight level and I love a lot of the performances but this one… is not bad, but… ummm…. I don’t know… just is not my cup of tea. I prefer: 1º MIAU (catchy, catchy, catchy!! and different) 2º Mikko Pojhola (is beautiful your language… it was a great oportunity to show us) 3º Lauri Mikkola (nice song, lovely ballad) 4º MadCraft (not the best singer, but they share energy and have fun, you feel happy with this song)… Read more »

Grifit
Grifit
6 years ago

@Arianna MUCHAS GRACIAS!!! THANKS A LOT!!!

Juha
Juha
6 years ago

Wrong choice again! Mikko was of course better and moreover more ORIGINAL and the perfomance was visually beautifull with black and white turning into color, as the song lifts up. It’s just Finns has so different heavy/metal, simply shitty taste compared to other Europe, that it’s simple reason, that they screw up their choices year after year and therefore never succeed in ESC after Lordi. Maybe it’s because their location isolated in far North, don’t know. Same thing was last year. There was Mikael Saari’s maybe even bigger ballad and there wasn’t any metal/rock-song good enough (Arion didn’t impress that… Read more »

Melissa J
6 years ago

Softengine was my favorite song in UMK this year. The song is concise, catchy, and has a big stadium sound which will sound awesome on stage in Copenhagen. I think it could do well.

Kyle
Kyle
6 years ago

Well i like the song as a whole, but the lyrics are somewhat nonsensical…I almost wish they’d sing it in Finnish for that reason.

GOD
GOD
6 years ago

Thank’s god they won. We don’t need any others solo female or male singers with ballads or stupid dance pop. Do you really want 37 same songs and performances? We have perfect rock group and what is the magic of Eurovision? Diversity! Finland saved Eurovision in Copenhagen, thank’s god!

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

Softengine – Someting Better and Coldplay-Viva la vida the two songs I appear similar, some passages are almost identical. What do you think or just me who think that?

JJ
JJ
6 years ago

Very good choice, greetings from Romania ! 🙂

Grifit
Grifit
6 years ago

I loved Mikko Pohjola but it would have been a really risky choice, and Miau would have gotten into the top 10 (you know that catchy song that always gets into the top 10), Softenine is not my cup of tea but I admit they are good, so I really expect they get a good place. Truth be said most of the entries were great I just didn’t like Clarissa & Josh Standing and MadCraft, it was a really fresh and entertaining show and the decision was really hard. And this has been the best 2014 final so far, Albania… Read more »

Arianna
6 years ago

Love Softengine. They were my pick and same thoughts: it probably has something to do with rock being a really popular genre there. But they’re hard hitting and I love the lead vocalist’s voice!! Hope the song does well!

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

Yes, this was the best choice, in a somewhat weak national selection. They need to work on their live vocals – in particular, hitting the high note in the chorus consistently and with quality – but the studio version is absolutely excellent (which will very much help with the jury vote) and it’s a very well-written, professional-sounding song. I definitely preferred MIAU too, but I’m not sure they would have done as well in ESC, especially with the jury. It’s not as hard of a song to sing as Mikko’s or Softengine’s – they spend a lot of time singing… Read more »

Diane
Diane
6 years ago

Well I was rooting for Hanna Sky before, but I think Softengine is also a great choice too. The music sounds profesional, and the lyrics is also great. I hope they will do well in Copenhagen

deli
deli
6 years ago

I think this song is the safest choice to get a decent (or even a good) result for Finland. This song is modern (if we compare with most of pop-rock songs which participate in ESC), dynamic and catchy. I really like how drums are conducted in this song and all these joined singing (‘all this words’ part or ‘oooo’). It was my number 2 in UMK so I am very happy for this choice. However, Mikko was just the best since the beginning and I would love to see him in Copenhagen. But it would be quite risky choice. This… Read more »

Chris
6 years ago

If we are looking at getting Finland into a Eurovision final, I think they chose right. Many of those songs would have been forgettable or outside the diet of a Eurovision viewer. Best song was the Mikko Pohjola entry Sängyn Reunalla.

Jonathan
Jonathan
6 years ago

I have nothing against the genre of the song, but I just think the tune is thin and has nothing to it. I don’t like the guy’s voice, and the song is just mediocre. It’s such a shame because Finland is one of my favourite countries in Eurovision! I would’ve preferred Mikko, but oh well! They seem like nice guys 🙂

Petar
Petar
6 years ago

MIAU, Lauri or Jasmina better choice for Finland than Softengine.

Bogdan
6 years ago

I am a MIAU fan and I was pissed.

Buttered-Coffee
Buttered-Coffee
6 years ago

I like the song, don’t get me wrong..but I felt like there were better choices. Hanna Sky had a song that was catchy and also sophisticated at the same time. Mikko had a song that was simple but also very lovely and light. Clarissa & Josh were extremely Euro-tastic! I hope Softengine can prove us wrong and get an at least decent score..but for now..I think there was better.

Charles
Charles
6 years ago

I was actually surprised by this choice. Very Coldplay-esque I have to say. Though I’m not a fan of this genre of pop rock “British-influenced” kinda indie-vibe going on .. I have to say … I rather hear this than any piece of bubble gum pop trash that usually delights fans in Eurovision. This will not be a popular entry amongst you all but popular is yet to be a synonym of qualitative and this song has quality. You just don’t have to like it … move on. No big drama! There are 30 something other countries to listen to… Read more »

Darius
Darius
6 years ago

Mikko Pohjola was the best. He should won.

Olivier ROCHER
Olivier ROCHER
6 years ago

I do think it’s the right choice as they won Jury vote and televote. I like the entry, and it does not mean the other ones were crap (well actually, MIAU was)

ESC fan Romani
ESC fan Romani
6 years ago

I think Clarissa feat Josh was the best entry of Finland national final and I hear all the songs

Ronaldo
Ronaldo
6 years ago

Two words: BIG MISTAKE. Hanna Sky was classy and sophisticated. Mikko had an adult song. Softengine is so teenager, so 16-year-old angsty girl. I don’t like it

D
D
6 years ago

Softengine and “Something Better” is completely mediocre. Hanna Sky or Mikko Pohjola would’ve been way better choices. I think the only reason Softengine won is because generally a large percentage of Finnish people enjoy rock music.