Those of you hoping to enter Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2019 won’t be able to throw your own hat in the ring. That’s because YLE’s Eurovision team will invite the artist — or artists — it wants for Eurovision 2019 without a public application process.
Following the success of UMK 2018, which saw Saara Aalto invited by the broadcaster to perform three songs of her choosing, YLE hopes to repeat and refine the experiment.
“The UMK of 2018 showed that through the invitation contest we will be able to invest more in performances and other content,” UMK producer Anssi Autio said on the official UMK web site. “We’ll continue to develop the concept now and from this point of view.
“The final form of the contest — whether one or more artists are invited — is still open.”
“We have had contact and have been in contact with record companies, producers, songwriters and artists. We are currently discussing different options and opportunities.”
YLE reports that its 2018 UMK broadcast reached 1.4 million viewers. That had knock-on effects for Eurovision itself, where the broadcaster lassoed in 2.5 million Finns.
The broadcaster also recorded hits from 289,000 browsers during the week of UMK — a record.
Eurovision fans will remember that Saara took Finland back to the final by placing 10th in the stacked first semi. It was Finland’s first appearance in the Saturday night show since 2014. In the grand final Saara came 25th.
Her uptempo dance number “Monsters” had a dark title yet was full of light — its message of perseverance and pushing past haters and hangups came with a delightful tropical feel. Best of all it showcased Saara’s voice even amid all the clangs and electro bangs.
The “Monsters” lyrics made it clear that Miss Aalto was had a self-reckoning. Any and all tricks once used to pull her down have lost their power. She’s found her self — and her supporters — and is feeling invincible tonight. As she sings, sometimes you have to hit the bottom to start moving toward the top.
“At my worst I found my army strong/ all the demons are gone/ You can try and scare me now, but I ain’t scared no more/ I ain’t scared no more.”
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