They say that the early bird catches the worm. And while the Eurovision 2017 season is barely days old, Finland’s YLE is already planning for this year’s competition in Ukraine.
As in previous years, they’re sticking with the Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu selection format. The exact details of the show are still under wraps, but the UMK 2017 song submission period is now open. Interested parties need to be quick, as the deadline is 5 September.
So, what are the rules and regulations? In addition to the standard Eurovision guidelines, UMK has some rules of its own. At least one of the songwriters and the lead singer(s) must be a Finnish citizen or live in Finland permanently.
Singers can send only one song as a solo artist, but can be part of more than one group. Unlike at Eurovision, UMK allows more than six people on the stage during the performances. Importantly, songs cannot be entered in national finals in other countries.
Once again the UMK final will be held in February, with the winner chosen by a mixture of public televote and juries. It’s still unknown whether we’ll see panels of road workers or taxi drivers once more, or just a standard group of music professionals. As in past years, every song will also get a music video.
This will be the sixth edition of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu. Since 2012, it has helped Finland qualify for the final twice. Alas, the country has remained in the semis for the last two years.
And just in case you forgot — artists and groups have until 5 September to submit songs. So no dilly-dallying!
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