Ahead of tomorrow’s final of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2016 — Finland’s national selection for Eurovision 2016 — Finland’s state broadcaster YLE revealed the running order for the final. Starting the show is Cristal Snow, while the hot favourite Mikael Saari closes the show. Next to that, YLE also revealed the ten jury groups, who along with the televote will decide the winner.
UMK 2016 FINAL: RUNNING ORDER
- Cristal Snow – “Love Is Blind”
- Stella Christine – “Ain’t Got Time For Boys”
- Annica Milán & Kimmo Blom – “Good Enough”
- Eini – “Draamaa”
- Barbe-Q-Barbies – “Let Me Out”
- Tuuli Okkonen – “Don’t Wake Me Up”
- Sandhja – “Sing It Away”
- Saara Aalto – “No Fear”
- Mikael Saari – “On It Goes”
What can we predict?
We don’t know if the running order is made based on something, but we do have our suspicions. YLE wouldn’t reveal the running order before the early voting had finished — people could cast their vote for their favourite act for free through the official UMK site.
The running order might tell us something about the result of the early voting. This would mean Mikael Saari got the most votes, followed by Saara Aalto and Sandhja. These three artists have been also the favourites to win the contest among Finnish fans and the media.
UMK 2016: Juries
Rather than having one small jury panel, UMK has 10 different juries representing different Finnish demographic groups. This year the juries will include Eurovision experts, musicians, media, Youtube stars, Finnish-Swedes, LGBT, parliamentarians, road workers, children and social media stars. Sadly we won’t have the taxi drivers in the jury this year, but at least we have road workers to replace the loss.
Unlike in 2015 when the jury only had 10% of the overall vote and televote had the 90% majority, this year the vote will be split 50/50 between the jury total and the televote total.