With only a few days left until Eurovision 2024, anticipation is reaching a fever pitch. This year’s contest, set to be the 68th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, promises to be nothing short of spectacular. Held in Malmö, Sweden, following Loreen’s victory in 2023 with “Tattoo,” the stage is set for another unforgettable event.

While Eurovision is renowned for its diverse musical offerings, Heavy Metal hasn’t always been in the spotlight. However, aficionados of the contest will undoubtedly remember Lordi’s triumph in 2006 with “Hard Rock Hallelujah.” Yet, did you know that the legendary Symphonic metal band Nightwish once flirted with Eurovision glory?

In a surprising turn of events, Nightwish threw their hat into the ring for Finland’s national selection process in 2000. Despite their overwhelming popularity and a commanding lead in the televote, the band’s fate hung in the balance as the judges’ votes were tallied. Ultimately, Nightwish clinched third place, losing out to Nina Åström, who went on to represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest of 2000.


The song Nightwish chose for their Eurovision bid was “Sleepwalker,” a haunting melody that showcased the band’s signature style. With the backing vocals featuring not only the band’s pemembers but also Tarja Turunen’s friend Maria Pellinen, the performance was a testament to Nightwish’s musical prowess.

Reflecting on this pivotal moment in the band’s history raises intriguing questions. What if Nightwish had secured victory and represented Finland on the Eurovision stage? Would their trajectory have been altered, or was their third-place finish a blessing in disguise?

Despite the outcome, snippets of Nightwish’s Eurovision journey still linger in the annals of music history. Rare recordings of their performances resurface, offering fans a glimpse into what could have been. Whether it’s their captivating rendition on the ‘Hotelli Sointu’ TV program or the electrifying atmosphere of the Finals, Nightwish’s Eurovision odyssey remains a compelling chapter in their storied career.

As we eagerly await Eurovision 2024, let’s ponder the alternate paths that artists like Nightwish might have tread. For now, their legacy endures, leaving us to wonder about the untold stories and uncharted territories of music’s most captivating contest.


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