It has been just over a month since Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin Italy. Today the Live-On-Tape performances that were recorded in the event an artist could not perform in Turin have continued to be released. The next performance that was released was The Rasmus’ performance of their song “Jezebel”.
About The Rasmus
The Rasmus are a Finnish rock band that formed in Helsinki in 1994. Of the four founding members, two remain: singer Lauri Ylönen and bass guitarist Eero Heinonen. The other two members in the band are drummer Aki Hakala and guitarist Emilia “Emppu” Suhonen, who joined the band this year. Charting in their homeland from the very beginning, The Rasmus found international success with their 2003 album “Dead Letters”. The Rasmus have gone on to sell over 350,000 albums in Finland and 5 million worldwide.
What is a Live-On-Tape
A Live-On Tape performance is essentially a backup performance. Last year they were used in the event that a delegation could not travel to Rotterdam. This proved to be the case for the Australian delegation in 2021, due to the strict travel restrictions in place in the country at the time. Iceland also had to use a backup performance, however instead of the one they recorded in Iceland they used rehearsal footage, recorded in Rotterdam. Iceland had to use a Live-On tape due to several members of Daði & Gagnamagnið testing positive for Covid-19 during Eurovision 2021.
Watch the Other Live-On-Tape Performances
At the time of writing, you can now watch the Live-On-Tape performances for Ronela Hajati (Albania), Rosa Linn (Armenia), LUM!X and Pia Maria (Austria) Intelligent Music Project (Bulgaria), Mia Dimšić (Croatia), REDDI (Denmark), Amanda Tenfjord (Greece), Systur (Iceland) Citi Zēni (Latvia), Monika Liu (Lithuania), LPS (Slovenia), Marius Bear (Switzerland), Vladana (Montenegro), Ochman (Poland), MARO (Portugal).
Finland’s Eurovision Journey
Finland debuted in the 1961 Eurovision Song Contest, finishing 10th with Laila Kunnunen’s “Valoa ikkunassa.” Since then they have competed 55 times, and appeared in the final 47 times. Finland has finished in the top 10 an impressive 13 times. They have won the contest once in 2006, with Lordi’s performance of “Hard Rock Hallelujah” getting 292 points. Finland’s most recent entry was “Jezebel” by The Rasmus. Qualifying for the final, they gained a total of 38 points, earning them 21st place.
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News Source: EBU/Yle
Photo Credit: EBU/ Corinne Cumming