The Finnish pre selection is called UMK (new music competition). This popular show format has been used in previous years with various shows on YLE. For 2017 the show format has changed, there will only be one final show with 10 candidates instead of several semi finals. The UMK is taking place on January 28th, 2017. During the time of rehearsals there will be 30 minutes pre shows including backstage information and interviews.
Like last year former Finnish representative Krista Siegfrieds is going to co-host the show together with Mikko Silvennoien. Krista Siegfrieds is also going to try her luck as a singer with the song “Snurra min jord” (spin my world) at the Swedish Melodifestivalen 2017, like 2016 where she failed to qualify for the final.
The 2017 finalists have been revealed and the songs can be listened to on the official UMK homepage: http://yle.fi/aihe/umk.
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