Finnish Heavy Metal 'Idol' Performs DEEP PURPLE On National TV; Video Available

March 10, 2007

A video clip of 22-year-old Finnish heavy metal singer Ari Koivunen performing a version of DEEP PURPLE's "Perfect Strangers" on the Finnish TV talent show "Idols" has been posted online at YouTube.com. Koivunen reportedly reached the final round of the competition, having received 86 percent of the votes in the semifinals.

Ari is from Lahti, the Finnish town that has given birth to such metal acts as PROFANE OMEN, BEFORE THE DAWN and ENTWINE. One of his hobbies is "Hevikaraoke" (Finnish "heavy metal" karaoke); in 2005 he won the Finnish karaoke championships. Among his favorite bands are IRON MAIDEN, RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, DIO, PROFANE OMEN and HELLOWEEN.

The "Idols" program is broadcast in Finland every Thursday on MTV3.

(Thanks: Siria / www.konzi-tip.de)

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