Fans protest as Finnish punks with learning disabilities eliminated from Eurovision
Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat won’t make final after entering with shortest song in competition’s history
The Song Contest, which takes place in Vienna this Saturday (May 23), is currently hosting semi-finals to determine which countries will make the final. Finland’s entrants all have learning difficulties and met through the Helsinki charity Lyhty, which supports people with developmental disabilities.
Fans disappointed with the decision took to Twitter.
Fuming that the Finland entry for #Eurovision didn't get through. 4 guys with learning difficulties giving it their all to rock. Screw it.— Matt (@matt_gills84) May 19, 2015
Britain will be represented by Alex Larke, the 35-year-old lead singer of Rolling Stones tribute act The Rollin' Clones at this year's ceremony.
Larke will perform the track 'Still in Love With You' alongside Bianca Nicholas as part of the newly-formed double act Electro Velvet as the UK's entrant at this year's Eurovision Song Contest
Larke has toured the world with The Rollin' Clones , who have assured fans his Eurovision commitments won't mean the end of the group. In addition, the singer has recorded a solo album, titled 'Larger Than Life'. 26-year-old Bianca appeared on The Voice last year, but was not selected by the judges.
Written by David Mindel and Adrian Bax, 'Still in Love With You' is described as an "up tempo electro-swing track".