2000 and Whatever – Finland

We may not get to see our 2020 favourites take to the stage, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on our Eurovision favourites. This series is aimed to discover the team’s favourite entries from the 21st century, from 2001 to 2019.

In collaboration with ESCDaily, we will be reviewing some of their 21st Century favourites, while over on their site, you will find their reviews of our favourites!

Below our reviews, you will find a poll where you can vote for your favourite Eurovision entry from the 21st Century.


Anita Reviews Dennis’ 21st Century Favourite

Softengine – Something Better | 11th place, 72 points (Final)

Having picked a rock song as my Finnish favourite, I am definitely on board with Softengine and their almost Top 10 entry, Something Better. I enjoyed this song from the moment it was selected to represent Finland, and although I don’t listen to it much now, I can still really appreciate it. This track was definitely more mainstream than some of their previous rock entries, however I think in the context, it worked really well at Eurovision as it was a universally appreciated song. The song was staged really well, from the outfits to the lighting. It felt youthful and energetic, and all these things combined led to a great result for Finland.

Joshua Reviews Brandon’s 21st Century Favourite

Hanna Pakarinen – Leave Me Alone | 17th Place, 53 points (Final)

This is very ‘Brand Finland’, and a great entry for a contest that they hosted. It is a nice progression from the arguably novelty-rock of Lordi. ‘Leave Me Alone’ is much more polished, and very modern for 2007. There are obviously comparisons to Evanescence with a song like this, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. 17th place is fairly low for this entry, in my opinion.

What does the ESCDaily team think of our 21st Century favourites? Make sure to head over to escdaily.com to find out!

Vote for your favourite entry from Finland below: