Tonight it was time for Finns to decide the next three finalists for UMK 2015. Six artists performed, but only half of them made it to the February 28 final. Finnish televoters decided to send Shava, Opera Skaala and Jouni Aslak to the final. That means, Otto Ivar, Siru and Eeverest had to say goodbye.

We let out a massive WTF when we heard the results. Both wiwibloggs readers and the Wiwi Jury wanted the same three songs – “Mustelmat” by Siru, “Heart Of Light” by Opera Skaala and “Love It All Away” by Eeverest – to reach the final. However, only one of them, Opera Skaala, made it.

UMK 2015 SECOND HEAT

Finalists are bolded

1. Siru – “Mustelmat

2. Shava – “Ostarilla

3. Otto Ivar – “Truth Or Dare

4. Eeverest – “Love It All Away

5. Opera Skaala – “Heart Of Light

6. Jouni Aslak – “Lions and Lambs

The third heat of UMK 2015 takes place at 20.00 CET next Saturday, February 21th.

Follow all of our Finland Eurovision news here.

Photo: Anton Sucksdorff

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aryanna
aryanna
6 years ago

@ESC HN
What or who is KPM? :O

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

@Daniel: I’m also hoping for Hold Your Colours to win. But I’ve been hoping for that even before Siru got eliminated… 🙂

Duff
Duff
6 years ago

I thought “Mustelmat” was by far the song to win UMK until she performed it. To me this was the biggest disappointment since Ovi’s round piano. It was Siru’s for the winning and the staging killed the song. Awkward dance movements and smiling? That doesn’t match the video that everyone went crazy over!

Ash
Ash
6 years ago

I’m already over Siru. She had a nice song, but the live performance just fell flat.

Opera Skaala, on the other hand, slaaaaaaaayed it! I hope she or Satin Circus ends up winning, even though the general public seems to favor Shava and PKN for god knows what reason.

Han
Han
6 years ago

I never got the hype about Siru. The song was boring and she is not a very good singer. Like Maarit said, a dime in dozen. AND the performance was horribly uncomfortable. The lyrics and the performance didn’t mach at all. I was a bit disappointed that Eeverest didn’t qualify. She was nervous on the stage and that was obvious, but she has a wonderful voice. Hopefully she’ll participate egain in a couple of years, when she’s had more experiance. Opera Skaala really owned yesterday and she’s my favorite at the moment along with Angelo de Nile. Her performance was… Read more »

V_AUS
V_AUS
6 years ago

What an excellent song, and so well sung. It’s a pity it didn’t get through to the final. Siru is fantastic.

Daniel
Daniel
6 years ago

The fact that SIRU isn’t in the final has made me cry! Way to go Finland. I hate it now. My favourite ever song is out. I’m now hoping for Hold Your Colours to win. Finland if you don’t send that, you are dead to me. How could you even let the bhangra trough?

Shards
Shards
6 years ago

Maarit hits the nail on the head.

Mustelmat was just an average bit of suomipop, not a patch on many of the other domestic singers!

Opera Skaala was glorious though!

ESC HN
ESC HN
6 years ago

There goes the overhyped Mustelmat. I never got the hype about it TBH.

Finland is still one of the favorites to win on betting odds, so the bookies expect them to send KPM :S

Murray
Murray
6 years ago

Finland what are u doing u put siru out Everest out and put the bad songs through really

Paul
6 years ago

Opera Skaala is not the best for Eurovision also. I think that Pertti Kurikan or Satin Circus will represent Finland in Vienna

Kaneliomppu
Kaneliomppu
6 years ago

I think Siru’s song was too “ordinary” for us. You hear songs like that every day from the radio, and they sound “stronger” than Siru’s song. Her live performance was also pretty bland, a disappointment… and in Finnish. Many people thought the lyrics were annoying. Ok, Shava is in Finnish too, and the lyrics are kind of annoying, but you can barely understand what they are saying, so maybe that doesn’t count? I didn’t like their song at all, but I think people liked it because it was so energetic. Opera Skaala’s performance was energetic too. She said they are… Read more »

ESCaddict
ESCaddict
6 years ago

I have listened to Siru’s song once but don’t remember a thing about it. It may be a good song but it left no impression on the first listen; that’s important because a song may not get a second chance. Very interesting to read the Finnish comments here.
Eeverest’s song was terrible. I’m glad I have heard the last of it.

blondboybc
blondboybc
6 years ago

Opera Skaala nailed it…best song of the night! Sorry about Siru.:(

Ramadan Besim
6 years ago

Opera Skaala was amazing. Sad that Siru and Eeverest didn’t make it to the final 🙁

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

Wooooooooooow how did Siru fail to qualify? I just watched her performance. Her moves weren’t good, but who cares? She sounded better than a lot of the singers who have made it to Eurovision for this year, and her song is wonderful. Ugh!!!!! Finland, why???? Shava… oh man, the lead singer missed every single note for the first minute and a half of the performance. That was definitely a Milan Stankovic moment for Finland. Yikes…… looks like that decision to eliminate the jury was a bad idea. Although they might’ve let Otto Ivar’s boring song qualify, or something. I like… Read more »

David Who
David Who
6 years ago

Both my Mother and I reviewed this semi-final together. Here are our notes as follows: 1. Siru: I thought the song was powerful but the performance lacked vocal tuning and was choreographically a bit boring. My Mum couldn’t stand her singing, but she liked the song. 2. Shava: I can’t stand this song. [Next…] My Mum thought they were experimenting with a Bollywood-style sound except it had no ‘cool factor.’ We both can’t understand how this qualified. 3. Otto Ivar: I thought it was okay. Mum really liked this rock guitar style of song; it was her second-favourite of the… Read more »

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

I missed the show, but I’m sorry to hear that Siru’s performance wasn’t good (according to you folks anyway) – she had a wonderful song. I’ll check it out later. In the meantime, I’m happy that Shava qualified.

Jake
Jake
6 years ago

Siru’s performance was so bad, like the song was good, but I think it all went down to the performance, wich clearly shows that they should’ve done more effort in it

jj
jj
6 years ago

siru was awful live

sorry…

Brunowskii
Brunowskii
6 years ago

I don’t know why but I’m not so shocked with the finnish hability to ruin UMK from beginning till the end… It’s getting usual

Easpag
Easpag
6 years ago

Opera Skaala FTW

deli
deli
6 years ago

I don’t get this cry for Siru. Her performance wasn’t good.

Timselvision
Timselvision
6 years ago

I´m positively suprised, but I´m sad Eeverest didn´t qualify, even tho I feared they would non qualify already. Don´t get the Siru hype, I liked the song but it wasn´t top 10-greatness imo. Go Shava tho 😀

Tom
Tom
6 years ago

Tonigh I would like both Siru and Opera Skaala to get qualified for the Grand Final. Now, taking into account that the first one has been eliminated, Opera Skaala to Vienna!

Anthony
Anthony
6 years ago

Finland’s just ruined my Valentine’s night for not sending Siru into the final. And now for that possible awkward moment Opera Skaala gets picked while Italy goes for Il Volo…

Ewan
Ewan
6 years ago

Wasn’t a massive fan of muselmat to be honest it just felt choppy and ended weirdly. I want crossroads for Vienna as I feel it has the wider appeal

Lanti
6 years ago

Disappointed that Siru’s not in the final, though I was more disappointed by her stage act. The three that qualified did have the strongest stage performance/camera work IMO, especially Shava.

Deniz
Deniz
6 years ago

I was thinking about Siru not qualifying earlier today, but I just laughed it away, cause I was sure she would pass.

But this is awful! I have a feeling that this going to be a bad eurovision year, because nearly every country is choosing wrong things.

Also Finland we can scrap from the qualifying list. But still good luck to them though.

beccaboo1212
6 years ago

I’m sorry for Siru 🙁
…but I’m very happy for Shava 🙂

Eurovision2006
Eurovision2006
6 years ago

Siru was by far the best. It would’ve been my favourite, if it had gone to Vienna. But seriously Finland has just made their biggest mistake eever.

Maarit
Maarit
6 years ago

I’m Finnish. To me, Siru’s song was average and the lyrics were a bit weird and off-putting. That’s probably one reason why Finns didn’t want to vote for Siru, we are hyper-aware of what other countries think of us so to have a song that’s first of all in Finnish AND sings about not wanting to have children or not crying in funerals would’ve been just straight off the “we’re an embarrassment to Europe”-scale. We also have a long list of incredibly strong, talented, moody female singers (Jenni Vartiainen, Chisu, Sanni to name a few), and compared to them, Siru… Read more »

Hannes
6 years ago

Since Sirus gone i go for Opera Skaala

D
D
6 years ago

Finland just made one of their biggest mistakes ever. They’re easily gonna have one of the weakest finals I’ve ever seen as I still don’t like one song that’s still competing. Järjestyshäiriö is my last hope for them.

JonathanUK
JonathanUK
6 years ago

OMG! I’m so, so happy for Opera Skaala!!! She is my favourite!! GO FOR GOLD OPERA SKAALA!!!!! She will be great if given the chance to represent Finland in Austria! Only Finland can win with a song like Opera Skaala’s!! ????????

Sophie
Sophie
6 years ago

Why do they rather see some retards who can’t sing then amazing Siru? 🙁

Hannes
6 years ago

Meh, whatever, i guess i root for Opera Skaala

Nancy
Nancy
6 years ago

Go home finland, you’re obviously drunk. Last week you guys voted Aina mun pita to the finals and now you left Siru stuck in the semis. Get sober before you vote please.

Thiefo
6 years ago

I was never a fan of Siru, but I admit I’m surprised by her elimination, didn’t see that coming.
I’m sad for Eeverest, I loved them, but I’m happy of Opera Skaala, now I think she’s my top favourites for Finland 😛

EF0912
EF0912
6 years ago

WTF Finland. They just lost their chance to win. The only good song out of these 3 is opera Skaala and I hope that they go to vienna. Siru was ROBBED!

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
6 years ago

eeverest is out 🙁

SteKay
SteKay
6 years ago

OPERA SKAALA FOR AUSTRIA <333333

Hannes
6 years ago

Ehm, Ok? That’s…wow

Bogdan Honciuc
6 years ago

I’m in actual shock. Siru’s song was simply the best of all UMK 2015.

a.
a.
6 years ago

WHAT THE HELL FINLAND

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

O.O Where is Siru?!!

Adam
Adam
6 years ago

I can’t believe a song like “Shava” went through while Mustelmat didnt. Its just terrible, I’m so disappointed. Mustelmat was the only song that couldve brought Finland into the top 5. Love it all the way was the other song that was robbed, they deserved to go to the final way more than Shava and Jouni Aslak

Sophie
Sophie
6 years ago

I’m so disappointed in Finland because they eliminated Siru.. She was amazing.. 🙁

Jack
Jack
6 years ago

What?!?