Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 1994

Finland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 1994 with the song "Bye Bye Baby" written by Kari Salli and Markku Lentonen. The song was performed by the duo CatCat. The Finnish broadcaster Yleisradio (Yle) organised the national final Euroviisut 1994 in order to select the Finnish entry for the 1994 contest in Dublin, Ireland. Ten entries were selected to compete in the national final on 5 March 1994 where votes from the public selected "Bye Bye Baby" performed by CatCat as the winner with 25,834 votes.

Eurovision Song Contest 1994
Country Finland
National selection
Selection processEuroviisut 1994
Selection date(s)5 March 1994
Selected entrantCatCat
Selected song"Bye Bye Baby"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • Kari Salli
  • Markku Lentonen
Finals performance
Final result22nd, 11 points
Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1993 1994 1996►

Finland competed in the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 30 April 1994. Performing during the show in position 2, Finland placed twenty-second out of the 25 participating countries, scoring 11 points.

BackgroundEdit

Prior to the 1994 contest, Finland had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest thirty-two times since its first entry in 1961.[1] Finland's best result in the contest achieved in 1973 where the song "Tom Tom Tom" performed by Marion Rung placed sixth. The Finnish national broadcaster, Yleisradio (Yle), broadcasts the event within Finland and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. Finland's entries for the Eurovision Song Contest have been selected through national final competitions that have varied in format over the years. Since 1961, a selection show that was often titled Euroviisukarsinta highlighted that the purpose of the program was to select a song for Eurovision. The broadcaster selected the Finnish entry for the 1994 contest again through the Euroviisut selection show.[2]

Before EurovisionEdit

Euroviisut 1994Edit

Euroviisut 1994 was the national final that selected Finland's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 1994. The competition consisted of a final on 5 March 1994, held at the Tampere Hall in Tampere and hosted by Jukka Laaksonen, Juha Laitila and Joonas Myllyveräjä.[2] Ten entries selected for the competition from 470 submissions received during a submission period as well as from composers and music publishers directly invited by Yle competed and "Bye Bye Baby" performed by CatCat was selected as the winner based on the results from a public vote, which were revealed by Finland's five telephone regions along with the votes of the venue audience.[3] In addition to the performances of the competing entries, the show was opened by Tarja Lunnas, while the interval act featured Jam and Spoon, Kaija Koo and Plavka.[4][5] 119,322 votes were cast during the show, which was broadcast on Yle TV1 and watched by 1.17 million viewers in Finland.[6][7] During the voting, it was discovered that the votes were incorrectly announced but were shortly amended following the competition.[3][7]

Final – 5 March 1994
Draw Artist Song Songwriter(s) Televote Place
1 Tarja Lunnas "Kuka tykkää suukoista" Jari Holm, Seppo Matintalo, Veikko Juntunen 13,857 4
2 Dario "Ateljee" Darius Witkowski, Timo Puheloinen 6,009 9
3 Sari Sakki "Jäisit mun luo" Esa Rimpiläinen 6,809 8
4 Indiana "Hän lähtee tänään" Liisa Akimof 7,738 6
5 Rio "Rakkauden tiellä" Markku Tommila, Hannu Perälä, Timo Niemi 13,633 5
6 Janita "Enkeli" Tomi Ervi 14,646 3
7 CatCat "Bye Bye Baby" Kari Salli, Markku Lentonen 25,834 1
8 Susanne Sonntag "En dans på livets vågor" Kari Kuusamo, Susanne Sonntag 17,348 2
9 Tauski Peltonen "Seitsemänteen taivaaseen" Tauski Peltonen 6,003 10
10 Marina Sigrids "Lyft mig upp" Clas Holm 7,445 7
Detailed Voting Results
Draw Song Audience Televoting Regions Total
Northern
Finland
Eastern
Finland
Central
Finland
Southwestern
Finland
Southern
Finland
1 "Kuka tykkää suukoista" 63 6,281 4,497 4,930 4,675 5,411 13,857
2 "Ateljee" 23 3,501 4,686 3,481 3,304 3,572 6,009
3 "Jäisit mun luo" 80 3,398 4,730 3,526 3,275 3,800 6,809
4 "Hän lähtee tänään" 213 5,229 4,260 5,023 4,538 5,182 7,738
5 "Rakkauden tiellä" 112 5,180 4,452 5,019 5,537 5,333 13,633
6 "Enkeli" 45 5,621 5,010 5,223 4,328 6,419 14,646
7 "Bye Bye Baby" 140 10,885 6,697 7,026 6,343 6,743 25,834
8 "En dans på livets vågor" 76 6,054 5,368 5,649 5,374 6,917 17,348
9 "Seitsemänteen taivaaseen" 12 3,583 3,486 3,670 3,588 3,670 6,003
10 "Lyft mig upp" 29 4,213 3,508 3,575 3,541 4,579 7,445

At EurovisionEdit

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the bottom six countries in the 1993 contest competed in the final on 30 April 1994.[8] Following the allocation draw which determined the running order, Finland was set to perform in position 2, following the entry from Sweden and before the entry from Ireland. The Finnish conductor at the contest was Olli Ahvenlahti, and Finland finished in twenty-second place with 11 points.[9]

The show was televised in Finland on Yle TV1 with commentary by Erkki Pohjanheimo and Kirsi-Maria Niemi.[10] The Finnish spokesperson, who announced the Finnish votes during the final, was Solveig Herlin.

VotingEdit

Below is a breakdown of points awarded to Finland and awarded by Finland in the contest. The nation awarded its 12 points to Hungary in the qualifying round and to Estonia in the final.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Finland Country Profile". EBU. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Euroviisut 1994". kolumbus.fi. Retrieved 28 November 2022.
  3. ^ a b "1994 BYE BYE FINLAND". yle.fi (in Finnish). 27 October 2002. Retrieved 28 November 2022.
  4. ^ Latva, Tony (23 October 2010). "Muistathan: Suomen karsinnat 1994". Viisukuppila (in Finnish). Retrieved 28 November 2022.
  5. ^ "Euroviisut 1994 Suomen karsinta". yle.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 28 November 2022.
  6. ^ "Katsojaluvut Suomessa kautta aikojen". Viisukuppila (in Finnish). Retrieved 28 November 2022.
  7. ^ a b "FINNISH NATIONAL FINAL 1994".
  8. ^ "Dublin 1994 – Eurovision Song Contest". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 2 November 2022. Retrieved 8 November 2022.
  9. ^ "Final of Dublin 1994". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 17 April 2021. Retrieved 17 April 2021.
  10. ^ "Televisio & Radio". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). 30 April 1994. pp. D11–D12. Retrieved 4 November 2022. (subscription required)
  11. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1994 – Scoreboard". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  12. ^ a b "Results of the Final of Dublin 1994". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 17 April 2021. Retrieved 17 April 2021.

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