Finland will choose its representative for Turin. In the popular UMK show seven acts are in the race for Turin
In Finland the national final is called UMK (Uuden Musiikin Kipailu / New Music Competition). It is the biggest music show of the year. Last year there were around 1,9 million people watching the UMK. With this format Finland selects its entry for the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin. It will be the 55th Finnish entry in the history of the ESC. Finland made it in the Grand Final for 46 times and 12 times into the Top 10. We all remember the big victory of Lordi with “Hard Rock Hallelujah”, who made a dream come true for Finland, which was so eager to win it one day.
This year the competition is quite strong, all the songs could make the Finns proud in Turin. Out of 312 submitted songs, seven have been selected by a jury. Last year’s representatives Blind Channel could make a fantastic 6th place in Rotterdam with “Dark Side”. A rock song can be successful as well in Eurovision, the Italian band Måneskin could surprise all sceptics. This year the Finnish hopefuls also have some more striking entries, beside of two ballads.
The hosts of the night are the artist Vesala alias Paula Vesala and the influencer Mmilas alias Mmilas Rotola-Pukkila. The show will be broadcasted live from the Logomo in Turku. Unlike other countries, there will only be an international jury with a weighting of 25% and the Finnish televoting with 75%. Judging by the clicks of the YouTube videos, The Rasmus and Cyan Kicks having the most clicks by now.
Watch the video clips of the Finnish participants:
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