Finland: UMK 2021national final contestants to be unveiled on January 19

Finland: UMK 2021national final contestants to be unveiled on January 19

The Finnish national broadcaster, YLE,  has made public that the contestants of the next edition of the country’s national final UMK , will go be revealed on January 19, 2021. 

YLE, has announced that 7 candidate acts will be taking part in the Finnish national final , UMK 2021. The national final will include established artists and upcoming ones in the music scene. The board of finalists will reflect a versatility of music style and type , artists that have met success and received local awards , rock bands but alternative acts too.

The seven acts will progressively be unveiled from January 19 and on and througt the week on daily base. The national final is set for February 20,  2021 and the result will be determined by public and jury voting. The final show, which will be held at Tampere Mediapolis’ TV studios, will be aired live on Yle TV1 and Yle Areena.

The Eurovision Story so far

Finland made its debut in the contest back in 1961 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.

This year, Aksel won the UMK 2020 final with his song “Looking Back” but never made it to Rotterdam as the contest was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Angelo D.

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