Finnish punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat (PKN), whose members have intellectual disabilities, celebrate winning Yle’s Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (New Music Competition) and becoming the country’s Eurovision song contest representative, in Helsinki February 28, 2015



PKN have become bookies’ favourites to win the Eurovision Song Contest as they were picked by Finnish viewers to represent the country.

The quartet is a punk band made up of men with learning disabilities and have now been tipped to win the whole contest.

PKN, whose members have Down’s syndrome and autism, will now be playing their 85-second track Aina Mun Pitaa (I Always Have To) at the final in Vienna in May.

Singer Kari Aalto told Finnish broadcaster : “Every person with a disability ought to be braver.

“He or she should themselves say what they want and do not want.”

Finnish punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat (PKN), became the country’s Eurovision song contest representative

PKN, whose full name is name Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat (Pertti Kurikka’s Nameday), will become the first punk band ever to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The band, who have played around the world including in London last year, also starred in an award-winning documentary, The Punk Syndrome, in 2012.

“We are rebelling against society in different ways, but we are not political,” bassist Sami Helle told The Guardian.

“We are changing attitudes somewhat, a lot of people are coming to our gigs and we have a lot of fans.

Betfred have tipped the band to win the competition with odds of 5/1, a shade behind favourites Estonia and Italy.

The UK’s Eurovision entrant will be picked on Saturday night.

The Mirror