Laura Voutilainen,26, won with her song 'Addicted to you' beating other contestans in
Tampere final. She has already won 2 prizes for best female artist in Finland and realized
5 albums. Her debut single was triple platinum. Since 1999 Laura began work in TV with a
show of her own.
Here are the contestants:
Финляндию в этом году будет представлять Лаура Вутилайнен(род 17.05.1975) с песней 'Addicted to you'. Она является обладателем 2 призов лучшей певице Финляндии. Второй из ее 5 альбомов разошелся тиражом в 120000 экземпляров. С 1999 года ведет свою передачу на телевидении.
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|Laura Voutilainen was born on May 17th, 1975
in Jyvaskyla, Finland. Despite of her young age, Laura has already become a
well-established artist and musician. At the age of five, Laura was accepted to the music
kindergarten. The following year she began to study a solo instrument - the violoncello.
Her first band Kevytlinja came along at the age of fifteen.
Laura's first major public appearance took place in 1993 after the single release "Muuttanut oot maailmain" (You changed my world). This was shortly followed by a breakthrough hit "Kerran" (Once), which also started the true success story of Laura Voutilainen. The first album was released in 1994 and has thus far sold over 120 000 pcs. The second album "Kaksi karttaa" (Two maps) came out in August 1996. The sales of this latter album surpassed gold-disc limit only three days after its publication and reached double platinum within the same year. The two first albums brought Laura a great success! She has received two respected music industry awards thus far. The famous Emma Awards were received in 1994 and 1996.
The first concert tour materialized in September 1996. Laura and her band toured in 19 cities in Finland. All the concerts were sold out! "Hei me tanssitaan" -summertour 1997 (Hey, we dance) was one of the most successful stage-events during that year. In addition, she has also conquered various kinds of happenings such as those of music theatre performances by Uusi Iloinen Teatteri (New Happy Theatre).
Laura's first Christmas album "Lumikuningatar" (Snow Queen) was released in 1997 and was followed by an extensive concert tour. In addition to this Laura had a special Christmas Show of her own, which took place on the cruises of the Finnish-Swedish ferries. However, this is not all! In 1997 Laura also gave her voice to a famous Walt Disney cartoon figure Meg who appeared in the Hercules cartoon movie. Finally, she appeared in a world show called "What a feeling", which took place in London and Helsinki.
The fourth album called "Etelan yossa" (In the southern night) was released in 1998. Like all of her previous albums this also reached and easily exceeded the gold-disc sales. In the fall of 1999 Laura expanded her areas of expertise once more. This time she partly co-produced a TV-show of her own called "Laura Wou!!". This TV-show was again followed by a special tour in eight cities of Finland. If you think, there is not much more for a young artist to achieve, think again! In summer 2000 Laura performed at the Pori Jazz -festival. During the same year she had her most successful tour ever. "Ilta Lauran kanssa" -tour (Evening with Laura) took place in 15 various cities of Finland.
Year 2001 was special for Laura. Laura devoted the beginning of the year to her family and her two children. The beginning of the year was a period of renewal for her. The outcome of this short sabbathical resulted to new strong repertoire. Image-wise this change meant new, younger style and expansion to the fields of pure pop-music. Her first single "Neonvalot" (Neonlights) became a popular summerhit and the second single "En mielestain sua saa" (I can't get you out of my mind) stayed on pop playlist-charts for weeks. New album "Puolet sun auringosta" was released on October 2001.
Year 2002 has started out positively for Laura! Radio stations all over the country play her new album frequently. Furthermore on January 26th she was chosen to represent Finland in the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Tallinn at the end of May. Her song is entitled "Addicted to you". The song is composed by Maki Kolehmainen and the lyrics are written by Janina Frostell in co-operation with Tracy Lipp. The song is arranged by Mika Mettala. The song was a clear favourite of both regional juries and televoters.
|You don't know how I was then
All broken up, my pride was stolen
I lived a little lie
I wouldn't show the hurting inside
I was living in
You came in with all your confidence
Addicted to you...