The Finland’s UMK final is still almost four weeks away. But the class of 2021 are already starting to make an impression. Teflon Brothers x Pandora have shot straight into the latest official chart countdown at #2, while Blind Channel and Ilta are racking up high numbers on Spotify.
Teflon Brothers x Pandora enter Finnish charts at #2 with “I Love You”
Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland publishes a weekly list of the top 20 songs in Finland based on sales and streaming figures. And the most recent countdown for the third week of 2021 sees “I Love You” debut at number two.
While Teflon Brothers haven’t missed out on the top 20 since 2013, this is significant for UMK and Eurovision. Between 2012 and 2017, no Finnish Eurovision hopeful cracked the main chart. Saara Aalto ended the drought in 2018 when Monsters entered at #18 before peaking at #13. In 2020, Erika Vikman reached #5 with “Cicciolina”.
However, we have to go all the way back to 2009 to see a Finnish Eurovision song so high up the charts. Then Waldo’s People topped the countdown. A quick perusal of the archives shows that since Eurovision winners Lordi peaked at number one in 2006, only two other Finnish song contest entries have entered the top two in the charts – Waldo’s People and Teräsbetoni in 2008. Paradise Oskar, a song writer on “I Love You”, reached #6 with “Da Da Dum” in 2011.
Recent entries from the likes of Softengine, Krista Siegfrids, Sandhja and Norma John made inroads on secondary charts, but none broke into the main countdown. Typically, international Eurovision acts perform better. Alexander Rybak, Emmelie de Forest, Loreen, Netta and Måns Zelmerlöw all enjoyed top 20 success.
Blind Channel and Ilta make the Spotify charts
While Teflon Brothers x Pandora’s chart achievement is impressive, it may be too early to declare them the people’s choice for Eurovision 2021. Compared to most of the other UMK entries, they were at a distinct advantage in the charts. That’s because the UMK 2021 songs were released on a staggered basis, spread across seven days. “I Love You” had a whole week to rack up the streams and downloads necessary to chart, whereas others only had one or two days to work with.
The competition is clear if we look at the Spotify charts. On Friday, two more UMK songs joined “I Love You” in the streaming top five — Ilta’s “Kelle mä soitan” at #3 and Blind Channel’s “Dark Side” at #5. Both songs remained in the top 10 on Saturday — Blind Channel climbing to #3 and Ilta slipping to #6. Teflon Brothers x Pandora remain constant at #2, a spot they’ve held onto ever since 15 January. The remaining four entries can be found in the lower half of Spotify’s top 100. The impact of these streaming figures on the overall charts won’t be known until next week.
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