The Voice of Finland (season 1)

The Voice of Finland (season 1) was the first season of the Finnish reality singing competition based on the international The Voice format. The season premiered on Nelonen on December 30, 2011, and concluded on April 20, 2012.

The Voice of Finland
Season 1
Mikko sipola.jpg
Hosted byAxl Smith
Kristiina Komulainen (social media)
JudgesElastinen
Lauri Tähkä
Paula Koivuniemi
Michael Monroe
WinnerMikko Sipola
Winning coachElastinen
Runner-upSaara Aalto
Finals venueLogomo, Turku
Release
Original networkNelonen
Original releaseDecember 30, 2011 (2011-12-30) –
April 20, 2012 (2012-04-20)
Season chronology
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Season 2

The coaches were legendary singer Paula Koivuniemi, glam rock singer Michael Monroe, former Lauri Tähkä & Elonkerjuu frontman Lauri Tähkä, and rapper Elastinen. Axl Smith hosted the program,[1][2] with Kristiina Komulainen serving as the backstage and social networking correspondent.

The winner of the first season was Mikko Sipola, mentored by Elastinen. The runner-up was Saara Aalto.

OverviewEdit

The series consists of three phases: a blind audition, a battle phase, and live performance shows. Four judges/coaches, all noteworthy recording artists, choose teams of contestants through a blind audition process where the coaches cannot see, but only hear the auditioner. Each judge has the length of the auditioner's performance (about one minute) to decide if he or she wants that singer on his or her team; if two or more judges want the same singer (as happens frequently), the singer has the final choice of coach.

At the end of the blind auditions only Lauri Tähkä had full team of twelve singers. In the following additional auditions broadcast on Radio Aalto, all coaches added one more singer to their teams, leaving Tähkä with one extra.

Each team of contestants is mentored and developed by its respective coach. In the second stage, called the battle phase, coaches have two of their team members battle against each other directly by singing the same song together, with the coach choosing which team member to advance from each of four individual "battles" into the first live round. At this stage the coaches were assisted by songwriter and producer Jukka Immonen (Elastinen), the vocalist of Reckless Love Olli Herman (Tähkä), singer-songwriter and producer Lasse Kurki (Koivuniemi), and producer Riku Mattila (Monroe).

In the final phase, the remaining contestants (Final 24) compete against each other in live broadcasts. Within the first live round, the surviving six acts from each team again compete head-to-head, with public votes determining one of two acts from each team that will advance to the final eight, while the coach chooses which of the remaining acts comprises the other performer remaining on the team. The television audience and the coaches have equal say 50/50 in deciding who moves on to the semi-final. In the semi-final the results are based on a mix of public vote, Spotify listening of the previous week's performances, and voting of coaches. Each carries equal weight of 100 points for a total of 300 points. With one team member remaining for each coach, the (final 4) contestants compete against each other in the finale with the outcome decided by Spotify vote and public vote, both with equal weight of 100 points for a total of 200 points.

All four finalists released a single and the winner received a record deal with Universal.[3]

EpisodesEdit

The Blind AuditionsEdit

Key   Coach hit his or her "I WANT YOU" button
  Contestant eliminated with no coach pressing his or her "I WANT YOU" button
  Contestant defaulted to this coach's team
  Contestant elected to join this coach's team

Episode 1: December 30, 2011Edit

Order Contestant Song Coaches' and Contestants' Choices
Elastinen Lauri Tähkä Paula Koivuniemi Michael Monroe
1 Mia Tuuli "Tuo tumma nainen"
2 Lauri Mikkola "Ain't No Sunshine"  
3 Riina Heikkinen "Firework"
4 Karoliina Kallio "Alone"    
5 Ilmo Ylinärä "It's a Man's Man's World"
6 Toni Eurasto "Hallelujah"        
7 Fatou Haidara "Empire State of Mind"
8 Selja Felin "Smile"        
9 Krista Siegfrids "You Shook Me All Night Long"        
10 Mikko Herranen "Easy"      

Episode 2: January 6, 2012Edit

Order Contestant Song Coaches' and Contestants' Choices
Elastinen Lauri Tähkä Paula Koivuniemi Michael Monroe
1 Henrika Ignatius "On the Radio"        
2 Lotta Svartsjö "Can't Take My Eyes off You"
3 Nelli Petro "Rolling in the Deep"    
4 Ville Pyykönen "Silta yli synkän virran"
5 Sanni Säntti "Pettävällä jäällä"  
6 Weera Suonmaa "Fool"
7 Toni Hiltunen "You've Got a Friend"    
8 Niklas Grönholm "Your Song"
9 Sari Hurme "The Best"
10 Mia Renwall "Someone Like You"    
11 Mikko Sipola "Don't Want to be"        

Episode 3: January 13, 2012Edit

Order Contestant Song Coaches' and Contestants' Choices
Elastinen Lauri Tähkä Paula Koivuniemi Michael Monroe
1 Bettina Hammarsten "Rolling in the Deep"  
2 Isabella Hammarsten "Mercy"    
3 Tero Heikari "Puhu hiljaa rakkaudesta"
4 Anfisa Proskuryakova "Natural Woman"      
5 Krista Honkonen "We Don't Need Another Hero"
6 Tony Romeo "Silta yli synkän virran"  
7 Sofia Holmberg "You Know My Name"
8 Oskari Salovaara "The Best"  
9 Amanda Löfman "Indian"  
10 Lotta Lené "Taking Chances"  
11 Minna Eskola "Smile"        

Episode 4: January 20, 2012Edit

Order Contestant Song Coaches' and Contestants' Choices
Elastinen Lauri Tähkä Paula Koivuniemi Michael Monroe
1 Siiri Nojonen "Keihäänkärki"      
2 Osku Bom "You Know My Name"
3 Sam Mouden "It's a Man's Man's World"
4 Ina Möller "I Got Trouble"
5 Valerie Nyholm "Mercy  
6 Jesse Kaikuranta "The Edge of Glory"    
7 Minna Lasanen "Natural Woman"  
8 Maria Marsch "You Know I'm No Good"
9 Kimmo Härma "Can't Help Falling In Love"        
10 Juho Raisänen "Easy"    
11 Taru Ratilainen "Georgia on My Mind"      

Episode 5: January 27, 2012Edit

Order Contestant Song Coaches' and Contestants' Choices
Elastinen Lauri Tähkä Paula Koivuniemi Michael Monroe
1 Rami Hentilä "Angels"
2 Jani Partinen "It's My Life"
3 Johanna Mäkelä "Kesällä kerran"    
4 Heini Särmäkari "Alone"  
5 Jari Uutela "Voi kuinka me sinua kaivataan"
6 Sophie Aittola "Someone Like You"
7 Markku Kirves "Matkustaja"  
8 Ella Tukia "Ain't No Sunshine"  
9 Mya Rydman "Firework"    
10 Erkki Korhonen "I Surrender"
11 Jelena Knef "Piste"      
12 Eveliina Tammenlaakso "It's a Man's Man's Man's World"  
13 J-P Salo "I Don't Want To Be"      

Episode 6: February 6, 2012Edit

Order Contestant Song Coaches' and Contestants' Choices
Elastinen Lauri Tähkä Paula Koivuniemi Michael Monroe
1 Anna Inginmaa "You Raise Me Up"  
2 Mari Rautanen "Ain't No Sunshine"  
3 Aki Louhela "Straight from the Heart"      
4 Robertta Simonen "Edge of Glory"
5 Pihla Knaapila "As"
6 Johanna Mäkelä "Good Luck"      
7 Nelli Järvelä "Your Song"    
8 Hanna Silander "Missä muruseni on"  
9 Tanja Vähäsarja "Jos menet pois"  
10 Laura Malmberg "Sweet Child O' Mine"      
11 Saara Aalto "Taking Chances"        
12 Antti Matikainen "Grenade"        

The WildcardsEdit

Order Contestant Song Coaches' and Contestants' Choices
Elastinen Lauri Tähkä Paula Koivuniemi Michael Monroe
1 Victoria Björndahl "Firework"
2 Ilmo Ylinärä "Whole Lotta Love"        
3 Ina Forsman TBA
4 Jenni Haapakorva TBA
5 Sophie Aittola "Whataya Want from Me"  
6 Pihla Knaapila "We Don't Need Another Hero"  
7 Kim Koskinen "Whataya Want from Me"      

The Battle RoundsEdit

Aired from February 10 to March 2, 2012.

  – Battle Winner
Week/Order Coach Contestant Contestant Song
1.1 Lauri Tähkä Nelli Järvelä Selja Felin "Sun särkyä anna mä en"
1.2 Michael Monroe Ilmo Ylinärä Kimmo Härmä "Hard to Handle"
1.3 Elastinen Lauri Mikkola Henrika Ignatius "Moves Like Jagger"
1.4 Paula Koivuniemi Tanja Vähäsarja Johanna Mäkelä "Hölmö Rakkaus"
1.5 Lauri Tähkä Heidi Akselin Valerie Nyholm "Only Girl (In the World)"
1.6 Elastinen Bettina Hammarsten Isabella Hammarsten "Lady Marmalade"
2.1 Elastinen Mikko Sipola Laura Malmberg "Wonderwall"
2.2 Michael Monroe Tony Romeo Mikko Herranen "The Flame"
2.3 Lauri Tähkä Jelena Knief Sanna Säntti "Katujen Kuningatar"
2.4 Paula Koivuniemi Nelli Petro Minna Eskola "Crazy"
2.5 Michael Monroe Anna Inginmaa Saara Aalto "True Colors"
2.6 Paula Koivuniemi Jesse Kaikuranta Juho Räisänen "Minä ja Hän"
3.1 Lauri Tähkä Antti Matikainen Markku Kirves "Hetki Lyö"
3.2 Elastinen Pihla Knaapila Eveliina Tammenlaakso "Set Fire to the Rain"
3.3 Michael Monroe Krista Siegfrids Mya Rydman "Because the Night"
3.4 Paula Koivuniemi Sophie Aittola Mia Renwall "Rakkauden Haudalla"
3.5 Lauri Tähkä Minna Lasanen Amanda Löfman "Stop!"
3.6 Elastinen Taru Ratilainen Siiri Nojonen "Just the Way You Are"
4.1 Michael Monroe Toni Hiltunen Toni Eurasto "Feel"
4.2 Paula Koivuniemi Anfisa Proskuryakova Hanna Silander "Hiljaisuus"
4.4 Michael Monroe J-P Salo Heini Särmäkari "Run to You"
4.5 Paula Koivuniemi Aki Louhela Oskari Salovaara "Maybe I'm Amazed"
4.6 Elastinen Lotta Lené Karoliina Kallio "The Power of Love"
Week/Order Coach Contestant Contestant Contestant Song
4.3     Lauri Tähkä        Mari Rautanen      Ella Tukia    Kim Koskinen          "Wicked Game"       

The Live RoundsEdit

Episode 1: March 9, 2012Edit

Performance
Order
Coach Contestant Song Result
1 Michael Monroe Kimmo Härmä "Beautiful Day" Michael Monroe's vote
2 Lauri Tähkä Sanna Säntti "Musta aurinko nousee" Lauri Tähkä's vote
3 Michael Monroe J-P Salo "Wishing Well" Eliminated
4 Lauri Tähkä Antti Matikainen "Olkinainen" Lauri Tähkä's vote
5 Michael Monroe Krista Siegfrids "Piece of My Heart" Eliminated
6 Lauri Tähkä Selja Felin "All My Loving" Eliminated
7 Michael Monroe Toni Hiltunen "Boys of Summer" Michael Monroe's vote
8 Lauri Tähkä Kim Koskinen "18 and Life" Public vote
9 Michael Monroe Mikko Herranen "Time Is Running Out" Public vote
10 Lauri Tähkä Valerie Nyholm "Love the Way You Lie (Part II)" Eliminated
11 Michael Monroe Saara Aalto "What Hurts the Most" Public vote
12 Lauri Tähkä Amanda Löfman "The Show Must Go On" Public vote

Episode 2: March 16, 2012Edit

Performance
Order
Coach Contestant Song Result
1 Paula Koivuniemi Aki Louhela "I Won't Let You Go" Public vote
2 Elastinen Karoliina Kallio "If I Had You" Eliminated
3 Paula Koivuniemi Anfisa Proskuryakova "Nobody's Perfect" Eliminated
4 Elastinen Mikko Sipola "Use Somebody" Public vote
5 Paula Koivuniemi Tanja Vähäsarja "Vanha sydän" Public vote
6 Elastinen Lauri Mikkola "Open Your Eyes" Elastinen's vote
7 Paula Koivuniemi Nelli Petro "C'est la vie" Paula Koivuniemi's vote
8 Elastinen Taru Ratilainen "Fallin'" Elastinen's vote
9 Paula Koivuniemi Jesse Kaikuranta "Piiloon" Paula Koivuniemi's vote
10 Elastinen Eveliina Tammenlaakso "Respect" Public vote
11 Paula Koivuniemi Sophie Aittola "I Don't Believe You" Eliminated
12 Elastinen Isabella Hammarsten "Rude Boy" Eliminated

Episode 3: March 23, 2012Edit

Performance
Order
Coach Contestant Song Result
1 Lauri Tähkä Antti Matikainen "Ohikiitävää" Lauri Tähkä's vote
2 Michael Monroe Saara Aalto "Barracuda" Michael Monroe's vote
3 Lauri Tähkä Kim Koskinen "Bed of Roses" Public vote
4 Michael Monroe Mikko Herranen "The Kill" Public vote
5 Lauri Tähkä Amanda Löfman "Like a Prayer" Lauri Tähkä's vote
6 Michael Monroe Toni Hiltunen "Somebody to Love" Eliminated
7 Lauri Tähkä Sanna Säntti "Kuunnellaan vaan taivasta" Eliminated
8 Michael Monroe Kimmo Härmä "Hopeinen Kuu" Michael Monroe's vote

Episode 4: March 30, 2012Edit

Performance
Order
Coach Contestant Song Result
1 Elastinen Taru Ratilainen "If I Were a Boy" Eliminated
2 Paula Koivuniemi Nelli Petro "Whataya Want From Me" Eliminated
3 Elastinen Eveliina Tammenlaakso "Titanium" Elastinen's vote
4 Paula Koivuniemi Jesse Kaikuranta "Veden alla" Public vote
5 Elastinen Mikko Sipola "Stay" Public Vote
6 Paula Koivuniemi Aki Louhela "Heard It Through The Grapevine" Paula Koivuniemi's vote
7 Elastinen Lauri Mikkola "Bad" Elastinen's vote
8 Paula Koivuniemi Tanja Vähäsarja "Vapaa" Paula Koivuniemi's vote

Episode 5: April 6, 2012Edit

Performance
Order
Coach Contestant Song Result
1 Michael Monroe Saara Aalto "Je Suis Malade" Public vote
2 Michael Monroe Mikko Herranen "Rakkaudesta" Michael Monroe's vote
3 Michael Monroe Kimmo Härmä "Only Women Bleed" Eliminated
4 Elastinen Mikko Sipola "How You Remind Me" Public Vote
5 Elastinen Lauri Mikkola "Kiss from a Rose" Elastinen's vote
6 Elastinen Eveliina Tammenlaakso "Super Bass" Eliminated
7 Paula Koivuniemi Tanja Vähäsarja "Exodus" Eliminated
8 Paula Koivuniemi Jesse Kaikuranta "Sininen Sointu" Paula Koivuniemi's vote
9 Paula Koivuniemi Aki Louhela "Can't Get Enough" Public vote
10 Lauri Tähkä Antti Matikainen "Koneeseen kadonnut" Eliminated
11 Lauri Tähkä Amanda Löfman "Nothing Else Matters" Lauri Tähkä's vote
12 Lauri Tähkä Kim Koskinen "Live and Let Die" Public vote

Semi-Final: April 13, 2012Edit

Competition performances
Performance
Order
Coach Contestant Song Result
1 Lauri Tähkä Amanda Löfman "Can't Hurry Love" Eliminated
2 Paula Koivuniemi Jesse Kaikuranta "Hetken tie on kevyt" Advancing
3 Elastinen Lauri Mikkola "Living for the City" Eliminated
4 Lauri Tähkä Kim Koskinen "I Don't Want to Talk About It" Advancing
5 Michael Monroe Saara Aalto "Over the Rainbow" Advancing
6 Elastinen Mikko Sipola "Livin' on a Prayer" Advancing
7 Michael Monroe Mikko Herranen "The Pretender" Eliminated
8 Paula Koivuniemi Aki Louhela "When a Man Loves a Woman" Eliminated
Semi-Final results
Team Artist Coach points Spotify points Public points Total points Result
Michael Monroe Saara Aalto 70 44 46 160 Advancing to final
Michael Monroe Mikko Herranen 30 56 54 140 Eliminated
Paula Koivuniemi Jesse Kaikuranta 60 61 55 176 Advancing to final
Paula Koivuniemi Aki Louhela 40 39 45 124 Eliminated
Lauri Tähkä Kim Koskinen 55 60 82 197 Advancing to final
Lauri Tähkä Amanda Löfman 45 40 18 103 Eliminated
Elastinen Mikko Sipola 55 45 61 161 Advancing to final
Elastinen Lauri Mikkola 45 55 39 139 Eliminated

Finale: April 20, 2012Edit

The four finalists each performed a cover song and an original song.

Competition performances
Performance
Order
Coach Contestant Type Song
1 Lauri Tähkä Kim Koskinen Cover "Final Countdown"
2 Michael Monroe Saara Aalto Cover "I'm Gonna Be Strong"
3 Elastinen Mikko Sipola Cover "With or Without You"
4 Paula Koivuniemi Jesse Kaikuranta Cover "Äiti"
5 Lauri Tähkä Kim Koskinen Original song "Särkyneiden tie"
6 Michael Monroe Saara Aalto Original song "My Love"
7 Elastinen Mikko Sipola Original song "Stuck Inside My Head"
8 Paula Koivuniemi Jesse Kaikuranta Original song "Vie mut kotiin"
Final results
  – Winner
  – Runner-up
  – Second/Third runner-up
Artist Team Spotify points Public points Total points Result
Mikko Sipola Elastinen 28 32 60 Winner
Saara Aalto Michael Monroe 26 29 55 First runner-up
Jesse Kaikuranta Paula Koivuniemi Second/Third runner-up
Kim Koskinen Lauri Tähkä Second/Third runner-up

SummariesEdit

Results tableEdit

  – Contestant was saved by public's vote
  – Contestant was saved by coach's vote
  – Contestant was eliminated
Team ElastinenEdit
Candidate Battle 1 Battle 2 Battle 3 Battle 4 Show Show Show Semi-Final Final
Mikko Sipola Safe Winner
Lauri Mikkola Safe       Eliminated
Eveliina Tammenlaakso Safe   Eliminated (Live Rounds: Week 5)
Taru Ratilainen Safe   Eliminated (Live Rounds: Week 4)
Karoliina Kallio Safe Eliminated (Live Rounds: Week 2)
Isabella Hammarsten Safe Eliminated (Live Rounds: Week 2)
Lotta Lene Eliminated (Battle 4)
Pihla Knaapila Eliminated (Battle 3)
Siiri Nojonen Eliminated (Battle 3)
Laura Malmberg Eliminated (Battle 2)
Bettina Hammarsten Eliminated (Battle 1)
Henrika Ignatius Eliminated (Battle 1)
Team LauriEdit
Candidate Battle 1 Battle 2 Battle 3 Battle 4 Show Show Show Semi-Final Final
Kim Koskinen Safe Final 4
Amanda Löfman Safe     Eliminated
Antti Matikainen Safe     Eliminated (Live Rounds: Week 5)
Sanna Säntti Safe   Eliminated (Live Rounds: Week 3)
Selja Felin Safe Eliminated (Live Rounds: Week 1)
Valerie Nyholm Safe Eliminated (Live Rounds: Week 1)
Ella Tukia Eliminated (Battle 4)
Mari Rautanen Eliminated (Battle 4)
Markku Kirves Eliminated (Battle 3)
Minna Lasanen Eliminated (Battle 3)
Jelena Knief Eliminated (Battle 2)
Heidi Akselin Eliminated (Battle 1)
Nelli Järvelä Eliminated (Battle 1)
Team PaulaEdit
Candidate Battle 1 Battle 2 Battle 3 Battle 4 Show Show Show Semi-Final Final
Jesse Kaikuranta Safe     Final 4
Aki Louhela Safe   Eliminated
Tanja Vähäsarja Safe   Eliminated (Live Rounds: Week 5)
Nelli Petro Safe   Eliminated (Live Rounds: Week 4)
Anfisa Proskuryakova Safe Eliminated (Live Rounds: Week 2)
Sophie Aittola Safe Eliminated (Live Rounds: Week 2)
Hanna Silander Eliminated (Battle 4)
Oskari Salovaara Eliminated (Battle 4)
Mia Renwall Eliminated (Battle 3)
Juho Räisänen Eliminated (Battle 2)
Minna Eskola Eliminated (Battle 2)
Johanna Mäkelä Eliminated (Battle 1)
Team MichaelEdit
Candidate Battle 1 Battle 2 Battle 3 Battle 4 Show Show Show Semi-Final Final
Saara Aalto Safe   First runner-up
Mikko Herranen Safe   Eliminated
Kimmo Härmä Safe     Eliminated (Live Rounds: Week 5)
Toni Hiltunen Safe   Eliminated (Live Rounds: Week 3)
JP Salo Safe Eliminated (Live Rounds: Week 1)
Krista Siegfrids Safe Eliminated (Live Rounds: Week 1)
Heini Särmäkari Eliminated (Battle 4)
Toni Eurasto Eliminated (Battle 4)
Mya Rydman Eliminated (Battle 3)
Anna Inginmaa Eliminated (Battle 2)
Tony Romeo Eliminated (Battle 2)
Ilmo Ylinärä Eliminated (Battle 1)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "DFG".
  2. ^ "Le portail des chaînes de télévision publiques francophones belges (La Une, Tipik, la Trois)".
  3. ^ "Levy-yhtiö kertoo: Nämä Voice of Finland -kisaajat levyttävät" [Label says: These Voice of Finland contestants will make a record] (in Finnish). The Voice. April 16, 2012. Retrieved January 15, 2013.

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