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Why? (Geir Rönning song)

Finland "Why?"
Eurovision Song Contest 2005 entry
Country Finland
Artist(s) Geir Rönning
Language English
Composer(s) Mika Toivanen
Lyricist(s) Steven Stewart
Finals performance
Semi-final result 18th
Semi-final points 50
Appearance chronology
◄ "Takes 2 To Tango" (2004)   
"Hard Rock Hallelujah" (2006) ►

"Why?" was the Finnish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, performed in English by Geir Rönning.

As Finland had not qualified for the final in their previous appearance, the song was performed in the semi-final. There, it was performed sixteenth (following Hungary's NOX with "Forogj, világ!" and preceding Macedonia's Martin Vučić with "Make My Day"). At the close of voting, it had received 50 points, placing 18th in the 25-strong field - thus missing a top-ten berth and final qualification by 8 places and forcing Finland to qualify from the semi-final at their next Contest appearance.

The song is a ballad, inspired by the Beslan school hostage crisis, with Rönning asking why people do what they do, and "why can't love be all that matters?" While the song garnered considerable praise for Rönning's vocal performance, the general belief among fans was that it was too pessimistic a subject to prove successful at the Contest.

It was succeeded as Finnish representative at the 2006 Contest by Lordi with "Hard Rock Hallelujah".

References

  • Official Eurovision Song Contest site, history by year
  • Lyrics, from Diggiloo Thrush

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