Finnish metal band BLIND CHANNEL has won “Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu”, the country’s national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, and will now compete against 40 other acts in the Eurovision finals, due to be held in Rotterdam this May.

Speaking to shortly after their victory, BLIND CHANNEL said: “We can’t wait to play to hundreds of millions of people, so we can turn them to the dark side too! We’re gonna have one night of perfection tonight, because when Monday comes we have to get back to the grind to make sure we deliver the best show in Rotterdam that we can!”

Formed in 2013, BLIND CHANNEL is known for its heavy rock sound peppered with fresh pop elements. The band consist of Niko Vilhelm (vocals), Joel Hokka (vocals, guitars), Joonas Porko (guitars, backing vocals), Olli Matela (bass), Tommi Lalli (drums) and its latest addition, Aleksi Kaunisvesi (keyboards). The collective is inspired by the likes of ENTER SHIKARI, 30 SECONDS TO MARS and the early works of LINKIN PARK.

Last year, BLIND CHANNEL‘s second album, “Blood Brothers”, was nominated for the Emma Award (Finnish Grammy equivalent) in the “Rock Album Of The Year” category.

The world hasn’t seen a metal band win the Eurovision Song Contest since fellow Finns LORDI shocked the audience with their brand of horror metal in 2006, providing the winning song “Hard Rock Hallelujah”. In 2008, TERÄSBETONI represented Finland in the Eurivision Song Contest final with the track “Missä Miehet Ratsastaa”.