Well before YLE opened the demo submission period of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2015, they announced that there wouldn’t be any judging panel in the live shows of Finland’s selection for Eurovision 2015. Now, however, they have informed us that the final of UMK 2015 will have a “civil jury”.
We still don’t know who the members of the jury will be. But in an interview with Finnish tabloid Iltalehti, UMK’s producer Anssi Autio said that there will be more than one jury. The juries will represent different types of Finnish people. The jury members won’t be chosen geographically, but by their age and their lifestyles. In the past we’ve had juries of musical professionals, but perhaps this year we’ll finally get some musical un-professionals Wiwi Jury-style?
In the interview Autio also said that the juries were planned since the beginning, but that now was the right time to make the announcement. The juries’ points will have a smaller impact on the results than the televotes. The semifinal qualifiers will be decided 100% by televote.