Suomi is bringing it this year! Finland’s national broadcaster YLE revealed today the ten acts competing at the Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2017. Next to that, we also heard the songs for the first time. The final of UMK 2017 will take place on January 28 and it looks like we’re in for a wild show.
After failing to make it to the final two times in a row, Finland is now ready to get their groove back. YLE made some big changes to their Eurovision selection Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK). Now there will be just one event, the big final. The winner will be chosen by the Finnish public together with international juries. There’s a wide mix of acts on offer, from “WDM” (that’s Wooden Dance Music to y’all), a Swedish international model superstar and the craziest bunch of club kids we’ve seen in a while.
Check out the top competing acts below, along with some quotes from their introductions. Click on the song title to hear each song on the YLE website:
The ten competing acts of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2017
1. Zühlke — “Perfect Villain”
“When I heard this song for the first time, I knew this will be the song which will win the contest for the second time for Finland”
2. Emma — “Circle of Light”
“I’ve always wanted to win Eurovision and make Finland proud of me”
3. Günter & D’Sanz — “Love Yourself”
“We are not here just to win the UMK, we are here to win Eurovision for Finland!”
4. My First Band — “Paradise”
5. Alva — “Arrows”
6. Norma John — “Blackbird”
“The song is very dramatic and drama always fits to Eurovision”
7. Lauri Yrjölä — “Helppo elämä”
“It would be great to win Eurovision in Finnish to celebrate Finland’s 100 years of independence”
8. Knucklebone Oscar & The Shangri-La Rubies — “Caveman”
“Now is the time for rock ‘n’ roll to rise again!”
9. Anni Saikku — “Reach Out For The Sun”
“I’ve followed UMK for couple past years and wanted to take part but now I found the right song”
10. Club La Persé — “My Little World”
“We are Eurovision, we are living Eurovision, I love Eurovision!”
The final will be hosted by Krista Siegfrids, who also hosted the contest in 2016. We all know her from representing Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 and competing at the Melodifestivalen 2016. She also just released her new single “Be Real”. It was also confirmed that Norwegian brothers Marcus and Martinus will be performing at the UMK final. We caught up with them in Stockholm earlier this year:
What do you think of the songs? Who should win and do we have a Eurovision winning song here? Let us know in the comments!