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SONG   "När Jag Blundar" (When I Close My Eyes)
SINGER   Pernilla Karlsson
MUSIC & LYRICS Jonas Karlsson
DRAW   #9 in the first semi-final



Finnish broadcaster YLE was one of the first to confirm that they would be participating in the 2012 contest, announcing their intention to be in Baku, within 24 hours of the 2011 winner being decided. YLE decided to change the format of their national selection and accepted demos of potential entries until the end of September. After that one of the most complex selections processes of all time featuring an internet vote, live semi-finals and live performances in a club setting, six songs finally made it through to the national final. 

The Finnish Final was held on February 25th at the Helsinki Ice Hall and was hosted by Anne Lainto and Joona Kortesmäki and the winner was chosen over two rounds of televoting; the first to select the top three and the second to select the winner. In one of the biggest wins of this year's national selections, 22 year old Pernilla Karlsson won the ticket to Baku, with the ballad "När Jag Blundar" (When I Close My Eyes). It was almost immediately decided to keep the song in Swedish for Eurovision.



Pernilla (21) is a sparklingly cheerful young lady, who won the Finnish Contest for New Music (UMK) in February 2012. The victory means that she will represent Finland at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with the song När Jag Blundar (When I Close My Eyes).

Pernilla has a strong and emotional voice, which has received acclaim in Finland. “När Jag Blundar was written for my mother. I relate to the lyrics deeply and I hope this comes through in a universal way – after all, there is an instinctive bond between a mother and a child, regardless of whether they are present in each other’s lives or not. The song expresses gratitude for motherly love and understanding”, Pernilla says.
När Jag Blundar was written by Pernilla’s brother Jonas Karlsson, who is an acclaimed producer in Finland. “This is a family project and I like it that way. These people know me like no-one else and I am able to express myself openly, which is important to me. In addition, my mother is huge fan of the Eurovision Song Contest so you can imagine how overjoyed she is that a song that was written for her by her son and sung by her daughter will be performed in Baku!", Pernilla laughs.

Pernilla belongs to the Swedish-speaking minority in Finland. “People have asked me whether I will sing in Swedish in Baku. Yes, I will. När Jag Blundar was written in Swedish. It would now be difficult for me to capture the emotional depth in another language”.

Pernilla has always been involved in music, albeit not professionally: “Music has been my dear friend and I have been singing and dancing more or less my whole life. When I was 15 I won a contest called The Smallest Schlager Competition in the World. Nonetheless, I continued to concentrate on my other passion, handball. It is only now that I will pursue music wholeheartedly and professionally,” Pernilla says.

Currently Pernilla is currently working on new material with her brother Jonas who wrote and composed her Eurovision entry.



This year's Finnish selection ended up being so long and cumbersome and the songs lacking in impact that their final did not attract the interest of previous year. Indeed Finnish Eurovision fans were the loudest critics of the process. 

There was a mixed reaction to keeping the song in Swedish at Eurovision and little international promotion, so it is perhaps not surprising to see Finland at 100/1 to win the contest and at 6/4, it is not among the ten highest ranked songs to qualify from the first semi-final.




Date Rehearsal Press Conference
Sunday May 13th 18:10 - 18:50 19:35 - 20:15
Thursday May 17th 16:30 - 17:00 20:05 - 20:35
*Baku is four hours ahead of Ireland and the schedule has still to be confirmed officially






  Running Order
  Fan Polls





  • First entry: 1961
  • Number of previous entries: 44
  • Best result: Winner (2006) 
  • Worst result: Last (9 times), failed to qualify (3 times).  
  • Qualification record: 4/3 (57% success)




"I can forgive a lot in a Eurovision entry, but there are two things that I just can't accept, one is an unfunny or badly executed novelty entry and the second is dullness and for me this is the most tediously dull song that I've heard at Eurovision for many year. There's no built or variety, no power, no drama, absolutely nothing. It's hard for a song to be totally monotonous for three minutes, but this manages it. I fear that it would not have made an impact, even if it had gone to English and I expect another early exit for the Finns." - Keith Mills



"Another country that I want to congratulate for not opting to translate their song into English and we'll make us hear the Swedish language on-stage for the first time since 1998 (actually first time for me) and it does sound very exotic. I love the overture; the strings, the piano, and the percussions deliver an amazing sound and let you know the song is promising. Her voice is beautiful and you also don't have the lyrics to feel the poetic sense of the song. It is definitely one of the most professional entrants this year and the Finns can have some high expectations of qualifying this year." - Anthony Lopez (Venezuela)

"As a song, it doesn't build to anything, which is a letdown when you realize "It's gonna end now?" Misses the mark." - Sean P Casey (USA)

"Not a bad song but a bit too boring and just not memorable enough. There are much more stronger ballads on offer. I'm afraid this won't qualify." - Nicky Peeters (Belgium)

"Another lovely ballad from the fantabulous Finns, this time sung in Swedish. I like the slightly-ethereal, slightly-nostalgic tune to this one, slightly reminiscent of Chisu. Hopefully this won't bomb like their last Swedish entry!"- Olivia Gavazansky (U.K.)

"A country that has been around at Eurovision for as long as Finland have should not b coming up with a song like this. Ballads in Swedish don't work (ask the Swedes) because it's not a language that sounds in any way emotive and this performance just looks very amateurish.” - Sean O'Brien (Ireland)