Finland: Aksel Kankaanranta releases his UMK 2020 entry
The third song to compete in the upcoming Finnish national final of UMK 2020, has gone public. Following Tika’s release of entry and Erika Vikman’s entry ‘Cicciolina’ comes the next entry released by Aksel Kankaanranta entitled Looking Back.
Listen to Aksel’s competing entry below:
About Aksel Kankaanranta
Aksel Kankaanranta rose to fame after taking part in The Voice of Finland in 2017. He made it all the way to the final where he finished second. In 2018, he featured in rap artist Pyhimys’ hit “Jättiläinen”, which eventually became the most streamed song of the year in Finland.
At Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, Aksel wants to show that being shy shouldn’t prevent you from performing for a big audience. As big as 200 million.
The Eurovision Story so far
Finland made its debut in the contest back in 191 and has once the contest, in 2006 , when the country was represented by Lordi and their entry Hard Rock Hallelujah. The country’s best result before then was achieved by Marion Rung with the song “Tom Tom Tom” in 1973, which placed sixth.
Finland has finished last in the contest ten times, receiving “nul points” in 1963, 1965 and 1982. Since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, Finland has failed to reach the final seven times. In 2014, the country had its best result in eight years when Softengine finished 11th. In 2015, Finland finished last in the first semi-final with the shortest-ever Eurovision entry, “Aina mun pitää” performed by Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät.
In 2018 Saara Aalto represented the country with her entry Monsters but she finished second last in the Grand final. In 2019 Darude & Sebastian Rejman represented the Scandinavic country in Tel Aviv with the song “Look Away”, but failed to reach the final as they finished 17th in the semi final.