Finnish broadcaster YLE has today announced the 12 acts that will be competing at Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), Finland’s national selection process, with the final taking place on 1 February at Espoo.
A panel of expert juries chose the entries for UMK 2014, each of which is listed below in alphabetical order. It is the same juries as this year’s national selection process, consisting of Tomi Saarinen (head of YleX radio channel), Aija Puurtinen (singer), Tomi Wirtanen (lead singer of Apulanta) and Redrama (rapper).
You can listen to a 30 second sample from all entries here.
Clarissa feat. Josh Standing with “Top Of The World” (Paul Oxley, David Neisser, Christian Rabb, Annette Lundell, Joshua Standing)
Dennis Fagerström with “My Little Honey Bee” (Dennis Fagerström, Michael James Down, Niklas Hast, Andreas Anastasiou, Primoz Poglajen)
Hanna Sky with “Hope” (Hanna Sky)
Hukka Ja Mama with “Selja” (Lasse Hukka)
Jasmin Michaela with “Kertakäyttösydän” (Mikko Kierikki, Jasmin Michaela, Jutta Annala, Johanna Viksten)
Lili Lambert with “Let Me Take You There” (Lili Lambert, Joonas Kaikko, Lasse Piirainen)
Lauri Mikkola with “Going Down” (Lauri Mikkola)
Madcraft with “Shining Bright” (Tom Nuorivaara, Juho Rinne, Jesse Mäläskä, Otto Uotila)
Makea with “Painovoima” (Makea)
Miau with “God/Drug” (Anu Kaukola, Henna Juvonen)
Mikko Pohjola with “Sängyn Reunalla” (Mikko Pohjola)
Softengine with “Something Better” (Topi Latukka, Henri Oskár)
UMK 2014 starts off with two introduction shows on 28 December and 4 January, followed by the two semi-finals taking place on 11 and 18 January. A second chance round will be on the 25 January before the big finale itself, where one of the entries above will be representing Finland at Copenhagen.
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