Finland makes its choice

Melodic pop-rock combo Softengine are to represent Finland at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Denmark. The Seinäjoki group beat off competition from 11 other acts to win Saturday’s final of Yle’s New Music Competition—and their tickets to Copenhagen.

Softengine were first in both the jury and audience votes to win the national competition with their song, Something better. Mikko Pohjola came second with Sängyn Reunalla (On The Edge Of The Bed), while MIAU’s God/Drug finished third in the voting.

After starting out in 2011, Softengine released an album in 2012 and have already signed a record deal with Sony Music. The band will play in the second semi-final in Denmark, scheduled for Thursday 8 May. The final is two days later, on Saturday 10 May.

Finland’s only victory in the Eurovision Song Contest came in 2006, when monster metal group Lordi unexpectedly triumphed.