William: No surprises here. Finland’s Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (PKN) — the first punk band to make it to Eurovision — have largely kept their performance from Finland’s national selection. We see lead singer Kari rocking in place centre stage while the others rock out on the drums and guitars. The fast-paced, quickly changing camera angles work so well to give this energy and life. I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but I find this performance stirring despite the lack of musicality. In fact, the more I listen to this, the more I do see a melody — and one that is kind of pleasant. Yes, it’s loud. Yes, it’s a bit brash. And yes, the lead singer kept cursing in between takes. But it’s that rawness that gives this appeal.
Padraig: My poor head! The performance remains practically unchanged from UMK save for a few stone pillars in the background. Despite the punk, I found myself glazing over. The staging does nothing to grab me, and the rest is just noise. Although, it’s nice to see the group are perfectionists, in between takes there was frequent swearing as they dealt with technical issues.
Finland’s first rehearsal: Reactions and Reviews
Sami: Hearing the song once is actually okay. Hearing it seven times in a row, always performed in a different way, that made my head hurt and ears cry. PKN wanted to add more smoke to the performance and that they did – now you hardly see the band members. Kari kept forgetting lyrics (which is nothing new), but I guess only people who understand Finnish heard it.
Chris: I am shocked at just how much I liked this. Well, I say “like” – I was able to enjoy it, at least. PKN are who they are and they don’t make any excuses – Kari was swearing the house down in between rehearsals, but so it was. The band seemed to grow in confidence (judging by the noise) as they went on. As much as I still don’t want it to qualify over more deserving songs, this took a big step to having a deserved place in the final today for me.
Finland’s Meet and Greet
You can read our reviews of all of the rehearsals by clicking here.
Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)