Three days ago we asked you to vote for your favourites to win Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2016 — Finland’s Eurovision 2016 selection. In that short space of time y’all managed to drop more than 1,900 votes and have called this one a two-horse race between emotional male balladry and female Bollywood realness! But in the end it’s emotion that wins the day as Mikael Saari has pipped Saara Aalto by just 11 votes! This one is just too close to call!
“On It Goes” singer Mikael received 528 votes, or around 27.63% of all those cast. He is returning to Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu after placing second behind Krista Siegfrids in 2013. He was the first name to be announced as a finalist from the second semifinal of the contest and slowly but surely Mikael has emerged as the favourite — of both Eurovision fans and the bookies — to represent Finland at Eurovision 2016.
If you’ve ever dreamed of getting into hottie Mikael’s bed, then tonight is the night! Starting at 20:00 CET, Mikael will live stream from his hotel room on his Facebook page. Yes, he will take us into his bed and have his final rehearsal before tomorrow’s final. Let’s do this!
Runner-up Saara Aalto is trying her luck as a solo artist for a second time as well (She has served as a backing vocalist in the contest three times already). Saara earned 27.05% of all the votes and together with Mikael received over half of all votes cast.
In third place is the only duo in the final, Annica Milán & Kimmo Blom. During our semi-final poll, they were almost tied with Mikael, but have fallen behind since then. They still earned 10.2% of the votes — or 195 of them.
Finnish disco queen Eini finished fourth in the poll with “Draamaa”. It’s the only song sung in Finnish in the final. Will this be to Eini’s benefit? She earned 9.11% of the votes and is standing strong in fourth place.
Two ladies from the third semifinal occupy places five and six, with only six votes separating them. Tuuli Okkonen got 6.59% of the vote with “Don’t Wake Me Up”, leaving Sandhja with “Sing It Away” behind.
Who do you think will win? How will the running order and the juries change the result? Tell us in the comments!
Who should win UMK 2016 in Finland? (Poll Results)
1. Mikael Saari with “On It Goes” 27.63% (528 votes)
2. Saara Aalto with “No Fear” 27.05% (517 votes)
3. Annica Milán & Kimmo Blom with “Good Enough” 10.2% (195 votes)
4. Eini with “Draamaa” 9.11% (174 votes)
5. Tuuli Okkonen with “Don’t Wake Me Up” 6.59% (126 votes)
6. Sandhja with “Sing It Away” 6.28% (120 votes)
7. Barbe-Q-Barbies with “Let Me Out” 4.97% (95 votes)
8. Cristal Snow with “Love Is Blind” 4.19% (80 votes)
9. Stella Christine with “Ain’t Got Time for Boys” 3.98% (76 votes)
Total Votes: 1,911