The second season of Finnish version of The Voice Kids came to an end last weekend. For the second year in a row, Eurovision singer Krista Siegfrids’ team member sang her way to victory. Thirteen-year-old Aino Morko sang Paloma Faith’s “New York” while playing her cute ukulele. Last year Molly Rosenström won the contest in Krista’s team and released her debut album shortly after.
Finland to Junior Eurovision?
Finland has plenty of young talents and some of them have even had some success abroad. Thirteen-year-old Isac Elliot has been touring all around Scandinavia after he released a hit single “New Way Home” last spring. As a contender for The Voice Kids, brand new music competition KIDSing was launched last year and won by 15-year-old Jenni Jaakkola. Other young singers from Finland include Iina Kangasharju, Emma Olivia and Tuuli. With this amount of young recording artists in Finland, it’s weird to see them refusing to debut in Junior Eurovision year after year. Finland’s Swedish broadcaster, YLE Fem even took part in MGP Nordic, a song contest for children aged 8 to 15, prior to 2010.
Norway, Denmark and Sweden all took part in Junior Eurovision during its first year, but they all pulled out of the contest “due to concerns over the ethical treatment of competitors”. Even though Finland has never performed on the Junior Eurovision stage, it’s assumed that they share the same concerns as their Nordic counterparts. Sweden has obviously returned to the contest, but with a different broadcaster. However, the contest has been addressing these concerns and the children’s welfare seems even more important for the EBU now too.
Another reason could be Finland’s poor success in Eurovision and the large number of Eastern countries in the contest. However, Italy’s win shows that Western countries can win the contest — and even on their first year. So why you are still holding back, Finland?!