In 2006 Finland won the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2015 they crashed out of the semis. This is a country that knows the highs and lows of ESC, and today the race begins to determine their next contestant with the opening of song submissions for Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2016, the Finnish national selection.

This is the fifth time Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (Contest for New Music) is being held. The format of the Finnish selection changed in 2012 when producers did away with Euroviisukarsinta. The new format was intended to find the best Finnish song, not merely the best song for Eurovision. As such, UMK targets new talents and younger artists than the previous format did.

According to the rules of UMK 2016, the contest will run in several phases. First of all, potential contestants must send in their application and submission by September 8. YLE will evalluate all of the entries and, on January 12, announce which of them will proceed. Then come the live shows where a jury, alongside the public, will decide on the 2016 representative for Eurovision.

Who are you hoping will enter? Should Siru make a comeback? Let us know in the comments below…

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Maryam
Maryam
6 years ago

It’d be awesome if Nightwish or Tarja Turunen represented Finland for ESC 2016 ;D

Negra Cabreada
Negra Cabreada
6 years ago

Nothing is ever gonna be like Mustelmat again. With that song Finland would have been a serious contender for the win this year. However, Siru is really special and she would be a great representative. SIRU MUST BE BACK. GO SIRU!

Oostenrijk
Oostenrijk
6 years ago

Oh, I still love Lose Control….. my winner for 2009 🙂

Freyah
Freyah
6 years ago

Finland will make a better choice this time. Satin Circus would definitely have qualified while if they had sent Opera Skaala they would have probably come top 5. Another better act would have been Solju

#MarioVision ~ The #50th entry of Finland in ESC ~ Hard POP Hallelujah! ;)
#MarioVision ~ The #50th entry of Finland in ESC ~ Hard POP Hallelujah! ;)
6 years ago

There were some really good songs in Finland’s UMK on the past visionary season like : *Hold Your Colours* & *Lions & Lambs* but unfortunately the Finns chose the worst song in the bunch…That was *Aina Mun Pitaa* of PKN…That it must be the #1 worst ever ”song’ in history of our Vision as well.. Although Finland was considered as hot favorite country to even win the Vision by the (stupid) bookmakers they were eliminated on the SF…Although they finished on 10th place in televoting alone.. My #1 most ever favorite song of Finland is *Lose Control* of 2009 <3… Read more »

Crossroads
Crossroads
6 years ago

I hope that this time Finland will choose right.