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A Finnish pop vocalist, Jenni Vartiainen came into the pubic consciousness when she won the Finnish television talent reality show Popstars with two other female pop singers. The victory for the three of them led to the formation of a band called Gimmel and a string of releases and performances -- which were of notable success -- beginning in 2002. The group disbanded in 2004, following a final tour. Although Vartiainen announced her intention to storm the Finnish pop charts as a solo artist soon after the breakup of Gimmel, her debut single, "Tunnoton" (Numb), didn't manage a release until 2007. The wait didn't seem to do the young singer too much harm, as her debut album, Ihmisten Edessä (In Front of People), also the name of the second single taken from the full-length, was a Top Ten chart success following its release in the fall of that year. ~ Chris True