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Finland Sends Unique Punk Band To Eurovision

image from esctodaygdd.s3.amazonaws.comEurovision has always been a contest about pop music – albeit the diverse range of European pop. But Finland sending a punk band made up of musicians with learning disabilities to the Eurovision Song Contest is welcome news.

A punk band made up of musicians with learning disabilities is to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest. The quartet, named PKN, was chosen by Finnish viewers on Saturday and has now been ranked by bookmakers as among the favourites for the contest.

eruovisionThe group, whose members have Down`s syndrome and autism, will perform their 85-second song Aina Mun Pitaa (I Always Have To) at the event in Vienna in May. "Every person with a disability ought to be braver," singer Kari Aalto said. "He or she should themselves say what they want and do not want," he told Finnish broadcaster YLE.

The group – full name Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat (Pertti Kurikka`s Nameday) – will also become the first punk band to compete at Eurovision. They first got together during a charity workshop and appeared in an award-winning 2012 documentary called The Punk Syndrome.

The song deals with the frustration of the rules of daily life, like having to eat healthily and doing chores like cleaning and washing up.

Here's the song they hope will win Eurovision 2015.


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