Monday, April 10, 2017

FINLAND: MIXED RESULTS FOR EUROVISION STARS IN LOCAL ELECTIONS

Finland had its municipality elections and among the election candidates we had a good share of known names from the entertainment and sports world, among others. Among them also three Eurovision veterans; Jaana Pelkonen, Vicky Rosti and Sami Helle of Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät.

Jaana Pelkonen, already a second term MP and well known local politician in Helsinki scored 6.466 votes and was the 5th best in Helsinki. The Eurovision song contest 2007 hostess and ex-commentator and national final hostess is also a fresh mother so maybe she has new ideas how to make Helsinki better? Anyways, she's been leading the fight against the rather ridiculous Finnish alcohol laws since years and if I could have, I would have voted her, too.

Virve "Vicky" Rosti, Eurovision 1987 entrant tried to get into politics in her hometwon Vantaa, but with her 222 votes she narrowly missed out the reserve place. That's a bit like coming 12th in the semifinal. So close yet so far...

Sami Helle, of Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät fame and Eurovision 2015 tried to show the handicapped can do politics, too, but only 91 people agreed. Not even close.....

In short the Green party was the big winner of these elections, and the nationalist and rather racist and homophobic True Finns the big loser. Alé for that!

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