Finland has decided! After a fantastic show filled with amazing vocals, big stage production and a few drag queens, we finally have a winner. Norma John will represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with “Blackbird”.
And how exciting the final was! Norma John topped the jury vote and public vote, owing to strong vocals and major atmosphere. The simple, low-key staging created a truly visceral experience that you could really feel in the arena and at home. This blackbird may be sad, but she is flying high…
Zülhke — she who sings of the X-Men — finished second overall, with pre-contest favourite Emma rounding out the top three.
Ahead of the contest, Norma John finished third when we asked our readers for their UMK17 favourites. Our Wiwi Jury placed the song third ahead of the contest as well, but left many of our jurors spellbound. Kristin wrote:
“I’m completely mesmerized. Such a beautiful production. So low key, so simple, but so strong, and the instrumental part just sent shivers down my spine. And Leena’s soft and heavenly voice is the icing on the cake here…Norma John, you just get me!”
Fan favourite Emma had some major issues with the in-ear piece, which caused some timing issues, and the flame on her torch also went out. But she can still be proud of an enchanting performance. Dancing, flames, props and a memorable costume — she took big risks and should be applauded for packing so much into three minutes. This isn’t the last of her.
The ten juries hailing from Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Spain, United Kingdom, France, Ukraine, Iceland, Israel and Latvia included some familiar faces.
— William Lee Adams (@willyleeadams) January 28, 2017
Our very own William Lee Adams served as the spokesperson for the United Kingdom, while Melodifestivalen and Eurovision screenwriter and director Edward af Sillén announced the Swedish points.
Next to the ten competing acts we saw performances by Norwegian teenage pop duo Marcus & Martinus and Finnish star Jenni Vartiainen.
The host Krista Siegfrids opened the show with a song written especially for the UMK final. The woman is a serious singer but she knows not to take herself too seriously: At one moment she lay on her back on a piano singing about happy endings. Get it, girl!
- Norma John with “Blackbird” – 94 points
- Zühlke with “Perfect Villain” – 74 points
- Emma with “Circle of Light” – 53 points
- My First Bandwith “Paradise” – 45 points
- Anni Saikku with “Reach Out For The Sun” – 43 points
- Lauri Yrjölä with “Helppo elämä” – 43 points
- Günther & D’Sanz with “Love Yourself” – 37 points
- Club La Persé with “My Little World” – 21 points
- Alva with “Arrows” – 15 points
- Knucklebone Oscar & The Shangri-La Rubies with “Caveman” – 5 points
- 88 points — Norma John
- 71 points — Zühlke
- 53 points — Emma
- 52 points — My First Band
- 48 points — Alva
- 45 points — Günther and D’Sanz
- 29 points — Club La Persé
- 16 points — Anni Saiku
- 15 points — Lauri Yrjölä
- 13 points — Kuncklebone Oscar & The Shangri-La Rubies
Our first reaction to the UMK 2017 result
Norma John interview at UMK 2017
Are you happy with the results? Who were your favourites? Let us know in the comments!