PRESS RELEASE / FINLAND – Blind Channel, Finland’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, will compete with their song Dark Side in the second semi-final this Thursday, 20 May, for a coveted spot in the ESC final. The band invites you to join their live YouTube stream this Monday.
Blind Channel’s first Eurovision week has included two-stage rehearsals, two press conferences, three coronavirus tests, one whirlwind sightseeing tour around Rotterdam, as well as dozens of interviews with media outlets ranging from Eurovision fansites to the CNN. The Eurovision Turquoise Carpet media event on Sunday was packed with media representatives from every participating country.
Blind Channel’s journey to Eurovision has been a smooth one, and the band is feeling confident about their upcoming performance in the second semi-final:
“This first week has been a killer, and we’re super amped for our show! It’s great that we got to rehearse twice and make some last-minute adjustments to our performance. We can’t wait for the end of the week, it’s going to be epic!”
Blind Channel’s first rehearsal already proved to be a smash hit, and the band feels that they won’t need to make any major adjustments to the already explosive performance. Blind Channel’s last dress rehearsals take place on Wednesday and Thursday, before the second semi-final. For snippets of the band’s rehearsals from last week, check the official Eurovision YouTube channel.
The band’s members have been forbidden from flipping the bird during their performance, which is why they have decided to paint their middle fingers red to highlight their message.
This ban also inspired Blind Channel to create a short music video that the band hopes will encourage fans to proudly fly their fingers on their behalf. See the video here
Finland to perform 14th
Finland will go head-to-head with 16 other hopefuls in the second semi-final on Thursday. Blind Channel will perform 14th.
The Finnish points in the ESC final will be presented by YleX music reporter Katri Norrlin. She is part of the professional jury that chooses UMK contestants and Katri also served as the second English-language commentator in the final of 2021’s Competition for New Music UMK. Finland’s ESC national jury of professionals will be revealed after the Grand Final.
Live YouTube stream tonight
Blind Channel will host a live YouTube stream today, Monday 17 May, at 8.00 pm (CEST). The live show will be streamed on the official Youtube channel of the Competition for New Music UMK.
Fans can also catch the first three episodes of Blind Channel’s Journey to Eurovisionseries on YouTube.