After hints of the artists, song title leaks and scandals, broadcaster YLE finally gave us some official information today about the fourth season of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) – and it’s going to be big!
18 songs will compete in 3 semi-finals, on 7, 14, and 21 February.
The Final will take place on 28 February.
The artists competing in the first semi-final are Hans on the Bass, Norlan “El Misionario”, Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, Pihka & Myrsky, Satin Circus, and Vilikasper Kanth.
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In the second semi-final, Eeverest, Jouni Aslak, Opera Skaala, Otto Ivar, Shava and Siru will battle for a place in the final.
The third semi-final artists are Angelo de Nile, Aikuinen, Solju, Järjestyshäiriö, Ida Bois, and Heidi Pakarinen.
There will be no jury this year and both the finalists as well as the Final winner will only be selected by means of televoting. Power to the people, y’all! Moreover, the organizers announced that all the money raised from the televoting will be donated to charity.
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The new hosts for the UMK 2015 were also revealed in today’s press conference. Blonde bombshell and former porn star (!) Rakel Liekki (35) and Roope Salminen (25), lead vocalist of the Finnish band Roope Salminen & Koirat are following Anne Lainto and Ile Uusivuori, the hosts of the previous years.
The organisers announced that they would celebrate the history of Finland’s participation at the Eurovision, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the song contest.
Of course, all the songs and their music videos were premiered today. You can watch the videos here.