Middle-aged rock band PKN has won the spot to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest after TV viewers strongly backed the rockers with learning disabilities.
Their entry song -- a rowdy tirade against the numbing nature of daily chores that clocks only 87 seconds -- earned just 10 percent of the jury vote but soared to 37 percent once viewers had their say, comfortably beating tastemaker favourites Satin Circus, Finnish public broadcaster Yle said.
After winning the Finnish qualifiers on Saturday night, the band now heads for the semi-finals in Austria.
"We'll do it the same way in Vienna. One shouldn't fix something that's not broken," the band told Yle.
PKN, short for Pertti Kurikka's Nameday after its frontman, formed in 2009 during an artistic workshop for people with disabilities and have since toured Europe and the United States.
The rockers with an attitude caught international attention with a 2012 documentary that followed the band with learning disabilities on tour.
"Every person with a disability ought to be braver," vocalist Kari Aalto told Yle on Saturday.
"He or she should themselves say what they want and do not want. Those who work with us ought to know that if we say something, it's what we want," he added.
In 2006, Finnish heavy metal band Lordi became the first hard-rock contestants to win the Eurovision.
Last year's Eurovision final was won by "bearded lady" Conchita Wurst, an Austrian diva with a lush black beard and never-ending eyelashes.
Vienna will now host the Eurovision semi-finals on May 19 and 21 before the final on May 23.
Daniel Ennett, pictured, has scaled mountains, explored underwater and felt what it’s like to dance.
All without arms or legs.
The quadruple amputee is now on an uncharted adventure. He’s the host of a new television show called Invincible, highlighting achievements of disabled men and women in Edmonton.
The experience has been a revelation, even for Ennett, who routinely overcomes challenges as part of daily life.
“I wasn’t really aware of a lot of things that are available to me,” says Ennett, 21. "Just the sheer amount of things disabled people can have access to.”
Ennett was five when he contracted meningitis and lost all of his limbs. Meningitis is caused by a virus or bacterial infection that inflames the lining around the brain and spinal cord. In some cases it can be fatal.
The television show has given Ennett another opportunity to test his capabilities. Even activities not considered high-risk adventure sports are now part of his life.
“I never thought I’d be curling, but now I curl regularly at the Saville Centre."
Show producer Frederick Kroetsch says he has big plans for future episodes, and for Ennett.
“We format it as an international travel adventure show,” says Kroetsch. “I want to see Daniel climb Mount Kilimanjaro and dive with sharks.”
Ennett says he’s willing to try just about anything, but that thing with sharks might not be on the list, though he’s not ruling it out just yet.
“I’m always skeptical. How are we going to do this? And they always end up having some kind of contraption, or eight people to come and help me do it.”
“People are usually anxious for me. I try to bring them down a notch to try to keep it level-headed, people panicking about me drowning.”The show Invincible is available on Telus TV and Youtube.