LORDI To Represent Finland In EUROVISION SONG CONTEST

Finland's hard rockers LORDI, whose live show is described as "a combination of theatre, fire and horror," have been selected as the Finnish representatives in the Eurovision Song Contest. LORDI won the Finnish national selection with the song "Hard Rock Hallelujah" and will represent the country in the semifinal of the 51st Eurovision Song Contest in Athens, Greece on May 18, according to ESCToday.com. The band scored a runaway victory in the super-final of the Finnish national final on Friday, March 10. They picked up 42.2% of the votes, outstripping their nearest rival TOMI METSÄKEDON who scored 28.5%, according to Doteurovision.com.

After the twelve competing songs had been heard for a first time Friday night, voting cut down the field to six. These songs were performed one more time and then voting continued to pick the winner.

The super-finalists:

ANIKA EKLUND - Shanghain Valot
KILPI - Katharsis
JANE - V.I.P.
LORDI - Hard Rock Hallelujah
JENNIE - Take Me Higher
TOMI METSÄKETO - Eternamente Maria

The results:

1st: LORDI - Hard Rock Hallelujah – 67,369 Votes (42.2%)
2nd: TOMI METSÄKEDON - Eternamente Maria – 45,431 Votes (28.5%)
3rd: ANNIKA EKLUNDIN - Shanghain Valot – 19,565 Votes (12.3%)

LORDI have just released their new album, entitled "The Arockalypse". The CD features guest appearances by TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider and guitarist Jay Jay French, as well as former ACCEPT vocalist Udo Dirkschneider and ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick.

(Thanks: James Edward Raggi IV / Lamentations of the Flame Princess)

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