Finland: Six entries to compete in UMK 2020 national final
The Finnish national broadcaster, YLE, has revealed the total number of submissions for the country’s national final and the number of the UMK 2020 finalists.
YLE, received a total of 426 songs which were evaluated by a 10 member jury made up by music experts. Tapio Hakanen, head of the jury, announced that a total of six entries will compete for the golden ticket to Rotterdam. The entries according to Tapio are really powerful and different from each other. The candidate songs will be revealed on January 21,2020 through a special conference. The winner will be determined by a combination of public and jury voting.
The UMK 2020 final will take place in Tampere on March 7
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.