Finland: YLE reveals the UMK 2021 national final line up
The Finnish national broadcaster, YLE, has unveiled the seven acts that will take part in the country’s national final, UMK 2021, the format Finland will use to determine their Eurovision 2021 representative.
YLE is letting us know the 7 candidate acts that will battle for the right to represent Finland at next Eurovision Song Contest that will take place in Rotterdam next May.
The seven acts to compete in the Finnish national final are:
1. Oskr – Lie
2. Teflon Brothers X Pandora – I love you
3. Danny – Sinä Päivänä Kun Kaikki Rakastaa Mua
4. Laura – Play
5. Aksel – Hurt
6. Blind Channel – Dark Side
7. Ilta – Kelle Mä Soitan
Among the the 7 contestants we see Aksel coming back at UMK after last year’s unfinish business with Eurovision 2020 cancelled and his ESC journey to Rotterdam remaining incomplete. In addition, Laura Polvedere, who represented Estonia at Eurovision 2005 and 2017 making an attempt this year in the Finnish national final aiming to achieve her third ESC participation.
All entries will be released on digital platforms, YLE’s streaming service, Youtube and Spotify from 14-22 January.
The national final will take place on February 20, 2021 and the final outcome will be determined by public and jury voting. The final will be held at Tampere Mediapolis’ TV studios, and 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 Aaltorepresented 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.