Finland’s Blind Channel qualifies for the grand final of Eurovision song contest 2021 held on Saturday in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
The group that comes from the northern city of Oulu performed “Dark Side” in the second semi-final late on Thursday evening.
Under red lights, Blind Channel gave the audience of 3,500 an energetic cocktail of metal, rap and rock—something the group calls “violent pop.” Originally their intent was to spice up the show by waving middle fingers but in a spark of creativity, they had decided to paint them red to attract enough attention without lifting them up.
During the vote count, the announcers held the Finnish audience back home and in the arena in feverish excitement.
When there was only one place left from the 10 grand finalists (17 countries competed in total), the audience started shouting “Finland, Finland, Finland!”
Vocalist Joel Hokka took a long sip of a beer bottle.
And finally, the announcers called Finland a grand finalist.
Here’s the full list of the 10 grand finalists:
San Marino / Senhit – Adrenalina
Greece / Stefania – Last Dance
Moldova / Natalia Gordienko – SUGAR
Iceland / Da∂i Freyr og Gagnamagni∂ – 10 Years
Serbia / Hurricane – Loco Loco
Albania / Anxhela Peristeri – Karma
Portugal / The Black Mamba – Love Is On My Side
Bulgaria / Victoria – Growing Up is Getting Old
Finland / Blind Channel – Dark Side