Another Nordic nation will decide on their entry to Rotterdam tonight, with Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu again choosing Finland’s song for Eurovision With seven high quality songs it will be a bloodbath of a selection But which song has the for our team Ahead?

Let’s see what Boris, Daniel, James, Melanie, Sean and Stefan have thought of the Finnish hopefuls this year!

Boris – 7 – “Maintainable meme filler that is somehow the second best song in its national finals This is my preferred winner because I absolutely DON’T trust Aksel or Blind Channel / because it is the only song I unconditionally enjoy even if it is more on the simple side of the garbage ”

Daniel – 75 – “This is a retro takeover and viso-acoustic truckload. In many ways, I feel like I shouldn’t like it. It’s Euro Trashy with some elements that almost fall into the joke category But why do I really swing it so much? Maybe it’s the 80s feel, maybe it’s the really dynamic nature of the song. I love the fact that Pandora has pretty much a set of lyrics. Oh, that’s just so much fun, so there shouldn’t be any win, but it so fun to hear ”

James – 5 – “A simple retro ’80s synthpop song with’ humorous’ lyrics Yes, it’s a novel song that pokes fun at love songs and is improved for those who like the soundtracks of 1980s video games Seeing years as pleasant The male singer’s Finnish jokes are mostly lost in translation (especially one about a toilet attendant at the Ukrainian train station who tells him the name of a girl?) So for the other speakers out there, there’s a Finnish guy who mumbles about cheesy synthesizers and a very, very repetitive female voice “I love you” ”

Melanie – 75 – “The Teflon Brothers and Pandora give us retro 8-bit vibes! The song sounds a bit cheesy at first glance and I like it, but I don’t love it.The I Love You part of Pandora is repetitive and even annoys me, but I have to admit that after a few listening attempts, I started along with that Singing part “I love you” It’s definitely a breeder for me, but I’m afraid it won’t be catchy enough to stand out in a Eurovision cast unless they bring a banger staging to the UMK- Stage Great try, but doesn’t grab me the first time ”

Sean – 85 – “Very smart of the Teflon Brothers here as they hit a sweet spot with a song that drives local Finns crazy, but also has strong international appeal. Finnish rap seems to be easy on the tongue rolls and sounds great combined with an incredibly catchy chorus and some pure ENERGY in the music It’s a really well thought out package overall that could make it big with a colorful and energetic performance! “

Stefan – 6 – “I don’t understand this reboot in the style of the 80s and 90s, but even here everything is better than excessive use of autotune. Sure, it’s a dark horse of this year’s UMK, but something is still missing that gives me the full experience, or maybe I’m still crying over Argentina ”

Boris – 2 – “Look, it’s very simple: I don’t like this song. I could write something pointy and life threatening here, but I won’t. Reading all the snarky comments on the internet about yourself gets Aksel inside undermined out and I refuse to contribute. So I’m just saying this: BE SAFE AND HAPPY YOUNG KANKANRANTAA That happens to require staying as far from the spotlight as possible ”

Daniel – 55 – “It’s hard not to compare this song to its post from the year before. Fortunately, this song overtakes” Looking Back “in many ways is still a very normal ballad so some of that wow factor is missing, but the lyrics are delightful to hear.His voice is incredibly well presented in this song too and he does justice to this song.But among all the songs, however, it’s the one that I’m least looking forward to ”

James – 8 – “This is a sequel to“ Looking Back, ”his post from last year. He presented us with a song of innocence last year, and this is more of a mature song of experience lessons from his past and himself continues The track on its own is relatively straight forward, but it is Aksel’s conviction and warm vocals that “Hurt” producers know that they have to keep it simple and allow Aksel to shine without theater and telling his story still a lot of undeserved hatred and vitriol from so-called “ESC fans”, and as I said last year, they can still jump into Lake Bodom. I wasn’t particularly convinced that he would join last year, but Aksel has grown strong in a short time improved, and for that he should get a lot of credit ”

Melanie – 75 – “Aksel, if you’re reading this at all, I really want to hug you tightly” Hurt “is a very fragile and minimalist song that stays really calm for the entire 3 minutes. It doesn’t need a high note or a big one Moment to shine, just the calm and his warm voice already make it an outstanding song It’s so much better than “Looking Back” and I’m glad he’s back for a second chance I’m almost sad that the competition this year at Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu is so much stronger than last year that I am not sure if he will represent Finland again this year at the Eurovision Song Contest.Nevertheless, it is a wonderful second attempt by Aksel and I can hardly wait to to hear more from you ”

Sean – 7 – “One thing I can say about this is that between that time last year and now you can really feel an artistic growth in Aksel. While” Review “was one of my all-time favorites of last year’s competition, I’m a little overwhelmed by this, it is probably due to the high expectations that this is still a well-made acoustic ballad with a strong message and a radio-friendly sound I suspect this has wider appeal than his post last year ”

Stefan – 75 – “First things first, this song is better than the one he had last year. I would love to see him win to prove it to all of these bodyshamers and karens out there. Unfortunately, IMO, he doesn’t have that best song in UMK, although he certainly didn’t have it last year, but never never say ”

Boris – 4 – “What has Laura Põldvere’s career come to? Soon it will only use a microphone to announce which trains arrive and depart from the main station ”

Daniel – 85 – “A perfect combination of pop and country Hmmm I usually like what Laura is doing so maybe I’m a little biased I think she has a visual concept that goes with this song to suit it I’m a little nervous because their singing on Eesti Laul was a bit shaky last year, but in general I’m looking forward to this song I think it’s a very digestible pop song that is actually in the minority at UMK this year Seems to be I like this song – I don’t love it, but I like it a lot ”

James – 4 – “I’m not sure about the wisdom of a song” My time to shine “when it has been to Eurovision twice, but as part of groups from another country I don’t see a return to the competition as a solo act that goes hand in hand with this lackluster break-up pop song, which is also known as “Wink, wink, send me alone to Eurovision!” Plea The track itself has no power, doesn’t allow Laura to perform too much and is unforgettable For a hymn “I’ll shine alone” this is an idiot ”

Melanie – 6 – “Laura, Laura, Laura, where do I even start? I was secretly happy that she didn’t take on Eesti Laul this year, only to find out that she would find her way to Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu. Unfortunately, “Play” just sounds like an album filler song. She has a unique voice that is mediocre Beat doesn’t notice.There’s just a force missing that I expected in the chorus and that makes the song very shy.Not really a bad thing, but it just doesn’t really get me I really have a feeling that Laura maybe just needs a year off to go to Eurovision and take the time to write a killer song because she only served mediocre songs last time. Can someone please bring dear old Laura back to the national finals season? Thank you! “

Sean – 5 – “The bare bones of a solid pop song are here, ready and waiting – the guitar sounds feel very Taylor Swift – but the bland choruses and lackluster delivery of the song feel disappointing to Laura, who has had several better attempts before , so I’m not sure what the logic is behind submitting this song to another selection in a different country … “

Stefan – 8 – “Well, she finally has a song that is not vocally demanding and (hopefully) she will be able to play it without the risk of hurting our ears. Completely radio friendly and it doesn’t feel like after three minutes because you can actually enjoy the song, at least I did. If anyone on Laura’s team is reading this, I have only one request for you: Don’t put dancers on stage. It’ll be distracting ”

Daniel – 8 – “I’m so glad that the music video provides the translation, this song is something different These lyrics hit really different It’s probably not a winner considering how special it is and how difficult it would be to addressing the lyrics to a larger Eurovision crowd but I want to say the lyrics feel like a poem which is a song with a pretty nice melody, the melody even builds up in a way that gives so much life to the song I hope people will appreciate this song for what it offers ”

James – 8 – “Have you ever wondered what a famous 78 year old singer would like to say or do about him at that funeral? Then this Leonard Cohen-esque mood piece is just right for you. No tramps or paparazzi, he wants his last ride in Benz, selected people can wear white if they want this song is funny but I doubt a trip to Rotterdam is planned as a farewell I see a lot of comments that the lyrics are touching and beautiful, which is true up to a point, the magic of the song is about the ending reflecting on life and its legacy (his voice continues after he leaves for his records) while fixing some old scores in a humorous and sarcastic way Danny clearly had no intention of this being grim or sad, and it is a shame that much of his dark joke is overlooked ”

Melanie – 7 – “I really appreciate this song. Just think of the fact that you are talking about the day you die. It’s such a taboo for so many people Danny just has the nerve, a very personal one, but kind of ironic song about writing about it I remember the song came out and I read the subtitles with a lump in my throat It was so touching Unfortunately if someone doesn’t read the translation of the song it just sounds like your average Finnish song It’s not most competitive song in UMK but I’m so glad they included this in their national finals Overall, I don’t see UMK win it but it’s definitely a gem in its own way ”

Sean – 7 – “So my understanding of this song is that Danny sings about his funeral and his own mortality? Good choice for this year of all years, Danny but let’s keep the thought to this post seems to have some level of hope and optimism, and it is certainly unique in all selections this year The spoken word is hard to understand but Danny does it with serenity, making it a very sweet, pleasant start ! “

Stefan – 1 – “I understand that he is (or was) a big star in Finland, but do you remember the Swiss grandpa from 2013? My only concern is inclusion as far as we are all ready, but using someone just for their reputation is a no no To make things clear, this is not for Eurovision ”

Boris – 1 – “2021 has barely started and I’m * already * way beyond the Salvadunkan” Sad Boi “drop You know the type: Music is reduced to its unborn, undeveloped form, a mere” vessel of pure emotion “Acts as if they had reinvented the wheel, actually behaves like a” humble, “humble, upper-middle bourgeois bohemian class complicity permeates every word and gesture they make and has a financial web that is strong enough to to support the pseudo-artistic lifestyle they are desperately clinging to because they never bothered to learn a trade I just don’t have the patience for this trope anymore and any act that shows any trace of it must be destroyed Get out ^ _ ^ ”

Daniel – 6 – “I think that this song just hits differently, the way the way he breathes out“ lies ”is quite powerful, don’t get me wrong, this is a ballad that is conducted by a piano where strings are then added and built up This is a traditional song and has many similarities to Aksel’s song from last year It’s a slightly fuller sound, probably due to the chorus. It has these powerful lyrics to make it easy to move ”

James – 2 – “Warning: hipster white shares his feelings! While tarnishing words like “love,” they can rhyme with confidence. The premise of this overly simple song is that Oskr and his former lover will talk about anything but how they really feel, and that if they tell him he will lie asks how he’s feeling Yes, that joyless lament doesn’t deserve to be anywhere near Eurovision and I don’t think Oskr sells us his torments very well Compare him to Aksel: Now this boy could be 100% over Schuster speak, but there is a warmth and a seriousness and I can buy what he sings and empathize accordingly. With Oskr’s “lie” it is honestly important to me what he feels just like his ex-lover. Yes, I would too just talk to him about the weather ”

Melanie – 85 – “What a start for UMK 2021! “Lie” by Oskr sounds like an honest story of a man trying to express his feelings It sounds sincere and I believe every word he sings It doesn’t take a lot of decorations in the base to really highlight The way he is Conveying his feelings in his singing really hits me as a listener, like he’s not even trying to impress you at home or write a song he thinks would be a hit, it just sounds so pure and straight from his heart I can write 38278378 more words praising how much I like this song, but that would be done by choosing Finland at Eurovision this year ”

Sean – 55 – “This entry has some great lyrics, and Oskr delivers the song emotionally. It’s not really any better than some of the other songs in this selection, but it’s a perfectly reasonable listen and I’m sure it’s some great Fans of this song will give ”

Stefan – 5 – “I get Ed Sheeran vibes. Children who grew up with MTV would understand. It’s nice, calming, but also unforgettable, perfect for an alarm sound. I was torn in between”

Boris – 7 – “I would like this more than I do – nice throwback to Linkin Park-esque soft metal, decent rap verse, youthful energy galore and yet there is a lack of strength”Still my favorite, but that speaks more for the poor quality of UMK 2021 than the quality of Dark Side. Pray that this is good live because it’s Finland’s only chance to reach the grand finale”

Daniel – 65 – “It’s not the kind of song I would listen to in my spare time. Still, I think that a song that represents Finland has so many interesting facets. It’s that hard rock sound that fills a certain niche It has peaks and valleys to make it much more palatable to non-rockers The lyrics are also pretty deep with the dark imagery and use of metaphors I think musically this song brings a lot of merit and could be an interesting proposition ”

James – 10 – “We have waited years for Finland to benefit from its musical strength again – as one of the largest metal talent pools in the world – and with Blind they have delivered a humorous and modern version of Nu-Metal. The” “dark side” of the channel, and like Lordi, there is a lot that appeals to non-genre fans. The original call and the “hoo hoo hoo!” and the catchy, easy-to-sing along choir along with its invitation to move on to the dark side are clear signs that Blind Channel is reaching the masses. They call it “Anger Pop” is a bit much (like with the self-proclaimed “Death Disco” label from Static-X) but a high quality but loud party anthem is what we need for Rotterdam and there is no doubt that Blind Channel delivers exactly that ”

Melanie – 8 – “This shows what Finland is good at; Make good rock music! You won with rock music so why change that formula and not look for other great bands in your country? Blind Channel is a really big step in the right direction I’m really excited to see this genre in our national closing season and I definitely hope to see this type of music more often on the Eurovision stage. The song brings me a lot of nostalgia; it takes me back to my rebellious teenage years where I listened a lot to Escape The Fate and Linkin Park but it really reminds me of that band called Hollywood Undead that I got to feel like it’s generic in its own genre because it sounds so similar to the songs I heard in my teenage years, but I’m glad that this genre gets the chance to present itself at Eurovision So I’m definitely promoting it and wouldn’t be angry if Finland broadcast this! “

Sean – 10 – “This is PERFECTION FINLAND, YOU HAVE TO SEND IT! Finland has always been the champion of all rock stuff in Eurovision and they could break mold again if they choose Blind Channel The rap / nu-metal mix is ​​a real step backwards but the group is talented at their craft and leaves it very much 2021 sounding In “Dark Side” we have an incredibly catchy sing-along track that will delight a lot of people all over Europe I’m sure this has great crossover appeal for casual viewers Please don’t screw this up, Finland, you have here a real gem in your hands! “

Stefan – 10 – “It’s not the kind of music I normally listen to, but daaaammnnn it’s good. It’s different, definitely stands out, and most importantly, it’s not a depressing ballad (the bad kind, not with good ballads confused) Eurovision needs more songs like this It’s clearly my favorite in the Finnish NF I would love to see it on the Eurovision stage with lots of visual and pyro effects I’m taking the risk of a seizure ”

Boris – 5 – “A nice-sounding, but ultimately bland ballad that people cling to because this NF has nothing else to offer”

Daniel – 7 – “What a cute song and melody It has its elements of drama and screams emotional ballad I think this song is rather standard and would have to see the staging to really bring it to life I get Bonus points for all urbanistic lyrics That being said, I think it’s a perfect song, but I just want a little more to really elevate it to something new and unique ”

James – 7 – “This song will resonate with a lot of viewers, especially those trapped alone during all these lockdowns. It’s a heartbreaking song about being alone, and Ilta really sells it, especially at the last minute, In which she unleashes her fear, on the other hand, the composition itself is Boiler Plate Pop and lacks moments for an audience to sing along to.As a performer, Ilta is great, but the track doesn’t really serve her well except for a few moments towards the end ”

Melanie – 7 – “Ilta brings us the traditional ballad in this national finale. It’s a great stripped down ballad without much instrumental. It’s enough to raise your soothing voice. The fact that the lyrics are Finnish instead of English makes it even more atmospheric because you’ll be focusing more on her voice than what she’s actually singing.It’s a beautiful song but it feels very safe to me, especially when you compare it to the other songs in this contest I love it’s easy to see Finland to take some risks this year and play a different song than the amazing traditional ballad “Kelle Mä Soitan” is a great and wonderful song, but I’m just afraid it won’t be enough at Eurovision to attract attention ”

Sean – 6 – “The piano that goes through this song is wonderful! Ilta has a strong vocal range and could really take a hit with this song live if played well – plus the draw is probably on her side! It’s not really to my taste, but I know there’s a lot of quality here ”

Stefan – 9 – “Gosh, the intro and bridges are just perfect. This is a good ballad, a very good one. I can literally feel your feelings. The tear almost fell from my eyes. I would like to hear an English version of it, but it’s also so magical I imagine a waterfall fireworks display behind her ”

With a clear margin, our team seems to want Finland to choose the “dark side” of Blind Channel for Rotterdam tonight. Will the “Violent Pop” band be chosen by the Finns or will someone else win the UMK trophy tonight ? Stay tuned to find out!

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