Published 19 Mar 10:21
At the Finland Eurovision 2017 national selection, which took place on 23 November last year, both the viewers and the professional jury were astonished by Norma John’s performance of their single “Blackbird”. For this reason, the Finnish duo made of pianist Lasse Piirainen and vocalist Leena Tirronen was granted the honour of representing the country in Ukraine, at the most important song contest of the year.
To begin with, we’ll tell you a thing or two about the duo which has been selected to represent Finland in Eurovision 2017 Kyiv. Established in 2008 in Kouvola, Finland, the indie pop group Norma John consists of pianist Lasse Piirainen and vocalist Leena Tirronen. The two are long-time friends, and they both share a deep and restless passion for singing and writing songs. Leena also became famous because of her participation in The X Factor Finland in 2010.
Lasse Piirainen and Leena Tirronen have plenty of progress they can boast about, both individually and as a duo. In their almost a decade of activity, Norma John have gained a very large fan base in all of Finland. Every year, they participate in many important festivals and events. Their music is praised for its powerful cinematic atmosphere which reflects the poetic spirit of the Scandinavians, which should be a great fit for Finland Eurovision performance.
Much of the duo’s popularity comes from the fact that singer Leena Tirronen appeared on The X Factor Finland. The artist’s performance was very appreciated by the jury and the public because of its uniqueness. In the end, Leena won the third position in the televised contest. The vocalist also released a studio album, entitled “Leena Wonderland”, which had a great position in Finnish charts.
The ambitious Finnish indie pop duo will climb the stage at the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv on 9 May. The Norma John Eurovision performance will take place in the first semi-final. Due to the amazingly original style of their song “Blackbird”, Finland stands quite a good chance of advancing to the final, which will be held on 13 May in the Ukrainian capital. The single stands out due to its charismatic cinematic feel. And, at the Eurovision, originality is always repaid!
If you want to witness Norma John’s live act at this year’s Eurovision, free your schedule for 9 May and watch the first Kyiv semi-final. Lasse Piirainen and Leena Tirronen are expected to deliver a heavenly performance. To find out the rest about the Eurovision 2017 contestants, look at the other pages of the site!