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Meanwhile, in Finland...


American Idol is over for the season with Jordin Sparks well on her way to super-stardom. While AI prides itself on bubble gum pop, this season did feature one half-rock week of  Bon Jovi tunes. Halfway around the world, the Finnish version of the show featured decidedly more hard rock hits. In fact, rocker Ari Koivunen actually won the competition and now he's just released his debut album called Fuel for the Fire.

Some famous Metal  musicians lend their support on the debut effort, including Tomi Putaansuu of LORDI and Marco Hietala of Nightwish.

 Koivunen is about to embark on a Finnish tour in support of Fuel for the Fire. Learn more about Koivunen's  music at

Meanwhile, if for some reason you haven't seen at least one of  Koivunen's  Idol performances via YouTube, here's a clip of him singing Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again."


Reader Comments (3)

Ari is very talented. He is good now, but as he gets older, he will get better. His debut album should be pretty cool!
May 31, 2007 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
One of my new favorite Finnish metal bands, Thunderstone, gave Ari a helping hand as well. I am going to have to look for this disc. I bet it rocks.
May 31, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHard Rock Hideout
Ari´s debute album Fuel for the Fire was released on the 30th of May, and it´s absolutely great. Particularly for those who love melodic power-metal it gives kicks song after a song.
June 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterElsula

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