Finland: Blind Channel win UMK 2021 and are off to Rotterdam
The Finnish national final, Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2021, saw Blind Channel triumphed and are off to represent Finland at Eurovision 2021 with their entry “Dark Side”.
Once again Finland decided their Eurovision act via the the iconic competition of UMK 2021. The show took place live at the Mediapolis Studios in Tampere. Host of the show was Antti Tuisku who opened the show taking the stage along with last year’s UMK 2021 runner up, Erika Vikman.
The Finnish national final saw a total of 7 acts battle for the right to represent the nation at Eurovision 2021 in the following running order:
1. Teflon Brothers x Pandora – “I Love You”
2. Aksel – “Hurt”
3. Laura – “Play”
4. Danny –“Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua” ( The day when everyone loves me)
5. Oskr –“Lie”
6. Blind Channel – “Dark Side”
7. Ilta –“Kelle mä soitan” Kelle mä soitan”(Who will i call)
The outcome of final was determined by a combination of public voting and the International juries points. However, the public had a bigger influence on the result, as the International jury gave out only the 25% of the total points awarded. The International juries points came from the following countries:
The jury voting saw Blind Channel winning the first place leaving behind second Oskr and third Aksel.
Once the public vote was added in Blind Channel topped the final scoreboard with Teflon Brothers & Pandora coming second while Ilta achieved an overall 3rd placing.
Therefore Blind Channel were the big winners of the night and will represent the country at the next Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam with their song “Dark Side”.
News Source/Image: YLE