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”.

It also seems that 2011 runner-up Saara Aalto is making a comeback this year. Recently Saara started No Fear 2016 campaign and one of the clues include lyrics “no fear, no fear, no fear, no more”.

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!

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Robyn Gallagher
Admin
5 years ago

Miguel Angel: Do you have a link? All I can find is recent Christmas/New Year’s Eve performances of his recent pop hits.

Miguel Angel
Miguel Angel
5 years ago

The song of Sergey Lazarev it’s available on youtube

Eurovision & Disney
Eurovision & Disney
5 years ago

Saara played Finnish Anna from Frozen! Can’t wait for her possible song!

PP
PP
5 years ago

They improve their national final in last 2 year. My favorite in 2014 was MIAU, in 2015 Opera Skaala.

Steven
Steven
5 years ago

Ahh teasing! Now the wait will feel so much longer!

Ben Cook
Ben Cook
5 years ago

Love the sound of the Mikael Saari one! Hope his album is out soon – I need a copy of this beautiful song he uploaded on YouTube a while back
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpxvhGii5ws

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
5 years ago

UMK is always a good national final. I can’t wait to hear the songs!

Hollandique
5 years ago

Opera Skaala need to return

Freyah
Freyah
5 years ago

I really wanna see Opera Skaala back again. They were robbed last year

D
D
5 years ago

These are more teasers than actual snippets, as they don’t even have vocals. I’m saving all judgement until the full videos are released next week. Being half-Finnish, I really hope we aren’t embarrassed with the horrible placing we got last year.