Teflon Brothers x Pandora are at #2 for a second consecutive week on Finland’s official singles chart. And just like the last update, they’re being held off the top spot by the all-conquering “Drivers Licence” from Olivia Rodrigo. However, two more UMK 2021 finalists join them inside the top ten — Blind Channel and Ilta.
Blind Channel and Ilta enter the top 10 on Finland’s official singles chart
The chart for the fourth week of 2021 shows Teflon Brothers x Pandora as non-movers with “I Love You”. They were the only UMK act to feature in the last chart. Meanwhile, Blind Channel debut at #5 with “Dark Side” and Ilta lands just one spot below them with “Kelle Mä Soitan”. They are the two highest new entries in this week’s countdown. This means that half of the top six most popular songs in Finland at the moment are from UMK.
All three songs remain inside the Spotify top ten as of Wednesday, so there is a strong chance that they will crack the chart — which includes streaming and sales figures — again next week. However, none of the other UMK 2021 entries feature on the Suomen virallinen lista. While the list only includes the top 20 songs of the week, the absence of any of the remaining entries from the Spotify daily top 200 suggests that they’re not even bubbling under.
This level of chart success is unprecedented for UMK. 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 songwriter 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.
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