Finland‘s broadcaster Yle has started the new year by giving us teasers of the 18 artists competing in Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2016. Eighteen short videos were uploaded to UMK’s Instagram account. The videos have silhouettes of the artist, a short excerpt from the lyrics and what seems to be an instrumental clip of the competing song. The artists will be revealed on January 12 at a live press conference.
UMK 2016 artists
There are already rumours of who the competing artists might be. At the moment it seems that Cristal Snow will return to Finland’s selection with “Love Is Blind”. Cristal sang “Can’t Save Me” in Finland’s selection for Eurovision 2008 and placed third. Lately he has been teasing his new single with the hashtag #LIB, while the Instagram clip includes the lyrics “they say we’re wrong together, but love is blind”.
Another rumoured name is Finnish schlager queen Eini. Eini — who has over 30 years of experience in the Finnish music scene — is releasing an album full of covers of popular Finnish songs, but has one brand new song called “Draamaa”. Once again, one of the teasers on UMK’s Instagram page has the lyrics “tää on nyt ja aina samanlaista draamaa”.
Some other rumoured names include Mikael Saari, who finished second in UMK 2013 (clue 9), Sandhja who might be the clue number 15, former children’s TV hosts Tea & Kana (clue 2) and humour rap duo Pää-Äijät (clue 11). Watch all the teaser clips here.
Who would you like to see competing in UMK 2016? And who might the artists be? Tell us in the comments!