The successor of ‘Cha Cha Cha’ is an even crazier ‘No Rules’ from Windows95man
Last year Finland’s national selection sent “crazy-party” Käärijä to Eurovision and made the right choice. His ‘Cha Cha Cha’ brought the house down and became the runner-up in Liverpool. Tonight Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), where 75% is decided by the public votes, gave the trophy to Windows95man. He will be representing Finland at Eurovision in May with a high-tempo disco song ‘No Rules’, saluting the 90-ies electro-pop.
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Normally, media would say: the winner “will be waving the flag for Finland at Eurovision”. However, in this case we’ll paraphrase the press cliche and say Windows95man will be waving his signature shorts for Finland. That’s exactly what the bold artist was doing on UMK stage in Nokia Arena tonight, remaining on stage in his beige underpants.
During the Windows95man performance there was so much going on that it was a non-stop carousel: from jumping out of a huge egg to losing his shorts to shooting fireworks from the wires, attached to those shorts.
The national selection, sold out in Tampere in a matter of 10-20 minutes, also saw UMK 2023 winner Käärijä take to the stage in a collab with a previous UMK runner-up Erika Vikman, as they presented Käärijä’s new track ‘Ruoska’. In addition, as the crowd obviously craved the sounds of ‘Cha Cha Cha’, Käärijä performed his Eurovision banger, while accompanied by about two dozens latina dancers on stage.
Second in the votes came Sara Siipola with her vocally perfect therapy-themed track ‘Paskana’, followed by Mikael Gabriel & Nublu and their fast and festive ‘Vox populi’. UMK’s runner-up of 2021, rock band Cyan Kicks, landed fourth this time, having delivered a sensual performance of ‘Dancing With Demons’: