Thursday, April 17, 2014
Semi 2: 08 Finland
Perhaps the new Finnish national final has failed to enthuse the domestic audience but it hasn't been a bad tool for finding good entries. The Finnish entry stands rather alone in its own genre this year and that can never be a bad thing.
Softengine - Something Better (Finland 2014)
Sending relatively inexperienced performers to Eurovision is always a gamble. Singing in front of an entire world is far from easy and not everyone can handle that pressure. Having said that, I want to underline how impressed I am that a bunch of young guys from Seinäjoki can just take to the stage like it was the most natural thing in the world.
Lead singer Topi Latukka is a real asset with a personable voice and for being a first single this song shows great promise for the future. In a perfect world, however, I would have preferred to let the boys grow into their new roles as pop stars and sent them off to the ESC with, say, their fifth single instead.
Qualifier: Yes. Not by a great margin, perhaps, and it probably won't carry very far in the final. But that is business as usual for Finland. Qualification is everything and that should be in the bag.
My grade: 3/5