Expect to hear lots of commentary and opinion surrounding this year’s Finnish entry into Eurovision. Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät is a punk band made up of four mentally handicapped men who have been performing together since 2009. The group won a ticket to Vienna by successfully winning the Finnish national selection (UMK) where they snatched victory over charismatic boy-band Satin Circus. This entry is unlike anything else we’ll see in Vienna and, when compared to other entries, it’s disappointingly short at a very curt 1 min 40 seconds. For inclusiveness the entry gets “douze points” but as a song in a song contest…well, you be the judge. And this year our votes count!
Spoiler: Watch Finland's Semi Final 1 performance below
4 Questions with Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät
What are three interesting aspects about your entry?
First, our fans want to see us in Vienna. Second, we're going to win. Third, the audience likes us and that's the reason we're going to fly to Vienna. And someone will film us.
What are three impressive facts about you?
We have released a dozen records. We have toured and played gigs around the world. There's a documentary movie made of us (the Punk Syndrome) and it has won prizes globally.
Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?
No. We fight before and after the gig.
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
Because Lordi has won it. I wonder if Kikka and Irwin has won it too?