After Softengine’s great success in Copenhagen, YLE, the national broadcaster of Finland, finally understands that fresh and modern isn’t a bad thing. On the back of that success it has published the preliminary rules for their 2015 national selection Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK)—and there are big changes in store.
The biggest and maybe the most shocking change is that the fourth edition of UMK won’t include any judges. That means no crazy fashion or over-the-top wigs from the panel. Power is returned to the people—and we’re all for it. All of the shows will also be broadcast live, and the producer Anssi Autio promises the show will provide musical entertainment for the whole family. It’s all-inclusive, and it sounds great, y’all!
Anyone interested in competing can start submitting songs from 1 September. You need to be 16 years of age before the 16th of May and you have to be a Finnish citizen or permanent resident of Finland. More specific rules will be published before September.
Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)