In the run-up to each heat of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), Finland’s selection for Eurovision 2015, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is rating all the songs from that heat. Last but not least from the second heat is Siru with her song “Mustelmat”. Were we touched by the powerful ballad or did the message get lost in translation? Read on to find out…

Deban: The genius and simplicity of the music video reflects my high score. However, that is just one of the many elements of “Mustelmat” that I’m in love with.  Siru holds her own completely. As a rising star on the Finnish music scene, she delivers a compelling performance with vocals that harbour emotion and convey range.

Score: 9/10

Josh: Oh, the controversy! I’m so happy this song hasn’t been disqualified because for me, this song needs to represent Finland in Vienna. Siru is coming off a strong victory in ‘The Voice of Finland’ and this song is a great representation of her talent. It’s a delicate and graceful ballad sung with a great balance of control and power, and this is the first non-English song since ‘Quedate Conmigo’ from Spain in 2012 that regularly gets stuck in my head. Siru for Vienna! YAAASSSS!

Score: 9.5/10

William: Siru sings about bruising, and for me pain has never felt so good. This is haunting from the very first note and builds relentlessly to a visceral, stirring chorus. Bruises hurt, but if Siru is singing colour me black and blue.

Score: 10/10

Photo: Anton Suckdorff
Photo: Anton Suckdorff

Ramadan: One of my favourites in the competition. I’m really loving the use of Finnish in this beautiful, haunting ballad. You can feel that emotion without needing to understand the lyrics. Siru’s heart talks, y’all. One thing I don’t like is the abrumpt ending. A better exit will make it complete.

Score: 9.5/10

Robyn: Without wanting to sound like a talent show judge, this song takes us on a journey. It gains texture and momentum as the emotions build, packing a lot into the three minutes. The Finnish lyrics sound great, though the ending seems a bit sudden. There’s a lot of potential in here.

Score: 8/10

Sami: Siru’s voice is just magnificent and she really makes me believe in her message. I love how the song grows and I also like the lyrics. Siru really should keep the song in Finnish if she wins UMK, as I don’t know if it would sound this good in English. One of my favourites to win, for sure.

Score: 10/10

Sopon: It has always stumped me why Finland opts for English over Finnish. Linguistically, Finnish is one of the purest tongues in Europe, one that is mystical and beautiful to many people. In the past few years, they have used their language only twice, both times with unpopular genres (metal and folk). However, Siru can be the one to turn it all around. I love her song: it’s big, it’s modern, and it sends a beautiful message in a beautiful language. (The chorus says “You can be beautiful when you have some pain, you don’t need to be afraid, I’m close to you”). I seriously think it is a contender to top Softengine and score Finland its second top 5 result. This is a gem, and the Finns would be wise to choose it and not change a thing.

Score: 10/10

Siru Mustelmat UMK 2015 Olli Tamminen wiwibloggs
Photo: Olli Tamminen (wiwibloggs)

Patrick: Do I really need to describe how I love this song and how I want it to represent Finland?! Siru is an absolutely stunning artist and with that song she could do well in Vienna. When the song was leaked and I had the chance to listen to it I was in a trance. I went to another world because this is truly a masterpiece of music. And the thing is – it’s never boring to me…Love it all away!!!

Score: 10/10

Mikhail: I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it. It has a really nice instrumental part and Siru’s voice is amazing. I like all the ways the song changes. I am looking forward to see her live performance and, of course, I hope it will go to Vienna.

Score: 10/10

The highest and lowest scores have been removed before calculating the final scores to avoid bias. We have removed a high of 10 and a low of 8.

The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 9.7/10

You can read all of our reviews and rankings for Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2015 by clicking here. You can also keep up with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team from wiwibloggs.com on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.

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V_AUS
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V_AUS

What an excellent song! So well sung. Siru’s really knows how to communicate. I wish it got through to the final.

Alex
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Alex

Such a shame that Finland didn’t vote for her… ugh. instead they voted for Shava’s mess in a bus.

Me...Lucy
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The song has the whole package. Beautiful voice,lyrics,melody,emotions,it’s catchy as well. Everything is perfect. It only needs a good staging and it’ll end up in top 10 without any doubt. Seriously wow

Alvarito_Spain
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Alvarito_Spain

THE BEST!!!!

Álex, from Spain
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Álex, from Spain

9.7?? Too underrated.
It’s a 10.

beccaboo1212
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Siru’s voice is KILLER!!!
10/10

Eugene ESC UK
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Eugene ESC UK

Likeable……yes, but 10’s (or 9.7)??? That score was a one off ie “Eurporia”!! This one may have problems………..immediate impact, remembering it and not being in English!! Not to go into THAT whole debate now, but why have lyrics if the majority can’t understand what is being said? (Also only 2 non-English winners in 19 years, last one in 2007.) Nothing original here either and there is no hook, I’ve already forgotten it!!! I feel “Crossroads” by Satin Circus is very contemporary, very catchy, very memorable and will have immediate impact especially with the younger voting audience. BUT……………….if it’s a straight… Read more »

David Thielen
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Amazing. By every measure absolutely extraordinary. She could win in Vienna.

And if she does, my wife will have to come with me when it’s held in Finland (she’s 1/2 Finnish)!!!!!

Paul
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Seems 9.7/10 overrated

Daniel
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Daniel

No. This is the best song and people say it is overrated? Listen to Goodbye to yesterday, a good song but boring. This song is almost too good to be true! It is my favourite ever song and it has to go. 10/10

Deven O'Kearney
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Deven O'Kearney

9.7/10. Practically impossible to beat.

Lars Olsen
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Lars Olsen

I love it so much!!!!! The best song in the national final season, of all songs so far!!

Timselvision
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Timselvision

Uuuh, I like it but a 9,7? XD

Deniz@TurkNL
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My favourite!

bavarson
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bavarson

She will win in Finland, but this is not the top 5 in Europe (and Australia).

Pete
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Pete

Agree the badest song in the UMK competition

Dev
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Dev

I think this song is very very bad!

Dev
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Dev

I think thos is a very very bad song!

Hannes
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@Flooryn No, i do not think so, i think it is the best in the whole competition 😛

Flooryn
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Flooryn

Very , very overrated