Paradise Oskar for Finland!
Yesterday was a long one on Eurovision-land, and we’ve got a lot of news to share with you! Let’s get cracking…
Euroviisut 2011 wrapped up last night with ten finalists trying to snatch the golden ticket to Germany. After the first round of voting, a “superfinal” was announced for the three highest vote-getters, and the voting began again. Here are the Finnish Top 3:
3) With 12.6% of the superfinal vote, “Good Enough” by Father McKenzie
2) With 40.7% of the superfinal vote, “Blessed with Love” by Saara Aalto
1) And, with 46.7% of the superfinal vote, the winner is “Da Da Dam” by Paradise Oskar!
Paradise Oskar is the stage name of 19-year old Axel Ehnström, who wrote “Da Da Dam” on his own. It’s been drawing a lot of comparisons to last year’s Belgian entry, “Me and My Guitar” by Tom Dice. I can definitely see why: both Tom and Axel are polished young men with similar sartorial style, standing alone on stage with their guitars, singing simple, sweet, self-penned tunes that address important issues (in Tom’s case, following your dreams; in Axel’s, the environment). I don’t think that Axel went out to copy Tom, but I think it’s simply further proof of my hypothesis that what’s successful in one year will carry over to the next. Tom brought Belgium their highest placement in years, and gave the Flemish their highest scores ever. I can’t imagine Axel going out there saying “I’m going to copy this formula and take it to the top”, but I can see how a young singer-songwriter could look at Tom’s success and think “maybe there’s a place for me and my message out there in Eurovision…I could give this a shot”.
As we’re still figuring out who Finland will be competing against in the First Semifinal, it’s hard to say how “Da Da Dam” will stack up. But the song is well-written and well-performed, with a universal message that almost everyone can support. There are always at least a few “message songs” in Eurovision, whether it’s about world peace, saving the planet, or having faith in yourself. This one checks the box nicely.
Stefanos, my dear, I await your thoughts! 😉