When Finland’s national broadcaster YLE revealed the ten acts competing at Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2017, we asked you who your early favourites were, based solely on the studio versions of their songs. Emma came out on top with her wooden dance music number “Circle of Light”, followed by Norma John with “Blackbird”. The only song in the Finnish language — “Helppo elämä” by Lauri Yrjölä — finished third.

But have your favourites changed now that the music videos are out? Ahead of the final — taking place on January 28 — we want to know who your favourite is to win Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2017 and represent Finland in Kyiv.

In the actual final, the winner will be chosen by international juries together with the Finnish public, but for now you can be the judge. You can vote for as many songs as you’d like, but you can only cast your votes ONE time. Be sure to click the box next to each act you want to support before pressing submit. We will close the poll and share the results before the grand final.

Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2017: Finalists

1. Emma with “Circle Of Light

2. Alva with “Arrows

3. Günther & D’Sanz with “Love Yourself

4. Anni Saikku with “Reach Out For The Sun

5. Knucklebone Oscar & The Shangri-La Rubies with “Caveman

6. Norma John with “Blackbird

7. Lauri Yrjölä with “Helppo elämä

8. Club La Persé with “My Little World

9. Zühlke with “Perfect Villain

10. My First Band with “Paradise

Poll: Who should win UMK17?

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Photo credit: YLE, collage by wiwibloggs

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AngieP
AngieP
4 years ago

Emma seems to be a fan favourite and I don’t blame those who like the song. I like it too. However, I’m not sure it’ll do well. Blackbird actually is my favourite song at UMK, though it has this melancholic and sad feeling. Lauri’s song is also interesting, in Finnish with a modern sound.
My top 3 here: (random order):
Circle of light
Blackbird
Helppo elämä
I think if any of these songs go to Kiev, Finland will qualify. I’ll be ok with one of them.

YAAAS
YAAAS
4 years ago

Lauri and Emma are the best. But knowing Finlands track record they will choose Gunther or something even worse

PP
PP
4 years ago

Timselvision

Because fan from this site and from other expect to Emma be in TOP 5 or maybeeven win with her song, and if she will be from 12 to 20 that wili be flop from tham.
I think Emma if win wiil be Edurne 2015, or Ira and Greta 2016, fan favorite who from fans expect to be in TOP 5 or win but they flop in final or even not go to final

Chris (frostyw)
Chris (frostyw)
4 years ago

If I could vote for a second, it would be Helppo Elämä.

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

It obviously has to be Emma

eurana
eurana
4 years ago

1st) Zühlke with “Perfect Villain”
2nd) EMMA WITH “CIRCLE OF LIGHT
3rd) Anni Saikku with “Reach Out For The Sun”
4th) LAURI YRJÖLÄ WITH “HELPPO ELÄMÄ

One of these acts will win UMK 2017

Bastian
Bastian
4 years ago

Circle of light is such a NQ-song. Please give me Perfect Villain, Blackbird or Reach out for the sun.

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
4 years ago

emma, alva, lauri, norma john, all really great
so looking forward to one of their victories
if la perse or gunther dear god im going to freak

Sjodni
Sjodni
4 years ago

I really like Emma’s song, and I LOVE ZÜHLKE’S song, it is so different, out there, and amazing, and she puts the finishing touches at the end with those carried vocals, if either of the two win, I will be very pleased!

Timselvision
Timselvision
4 years ago

@PP; just wondering – how is 12th – 20th in the final a bad result? It would prove that Emma isn’t overrated at all since it would already be amazing for Finland if they would qualify again after two years being stuck in the semi.

My fave is Emma too, obviously. It makes me think of “Hear them calling me” (which was my winner last year) but by far not as good.

Candy
Candy
4 years ago

DaniSpain, Lauri wrote in a comment on youtube that he won’t change the lyrics to English!

blondboybc
blondboybc
4 years ago

It’s Emma for me, followed by Lauri!The others are just average to horrible for me! Let’s hope Finland doesn’t pull a “Finland” and something mediocre or awful. 🙂

EUROFAN MEXICO
4 years ago

EVERY YEAR WE CAN WATCH TO FINLAND WITH A BAD ELECTION AND LET IN THE GARBAGE GREATH SONGS.

yikes
yikes
4 years ago

Perfect Villain and Circle of Light are the only potential qualifiers here. Staging will decide who wins next Saturday between these 2. Despite many knocking Zuhlke for the chorus lyrics, Finnish televoters (and probably many international juries) probably won’t even notice it.

HubertZnajomski
4 years ago

I adore Zuhlke song

YoungsterJoey
YoungsterJoey
4 years ago

People voted for Club La Persé?

I’m done for today.

Liam
Liam
4 years ago

Norma john is still my favourite by far. They have an amazing song and with good staging it could be a dark horse at Eurovision. I also think Emma with circle of light is soooo overrated! It’s a nice song but nothing stands out and nothing is original.

Unofficial Månsters Association
Unofficial Månsters Association
4 years ago

Emma may seem quite overrated, but she definitely has the highest chances of qualifying, and her song has the best composition of all. Emma for the win!

mad-professor
mad-professor
4 years ago

It’s got to be Arrows. Circle of Light is one of those songs that doesn’t go anywhere and lacks a hook.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
4 years ago

“No Satan will ever cross the line, we are praying in a circle of Bibles.”

It’s obviously Emma Sandström! The others don’t stand a chance, sorry. Watch the discerning Finnish televoters choose this song, but those useless random juries pick something terrible like last year, though.

Héctor
Héctor
4 years ago

My top 3:
1. Lauri – “Helppo elama”
2. Emma – “Circle of Ligth”
3. Günther & D’Sanz – “Lov Yourself”

PP
PP
4 years ago

Emma is overrated by fans. She wili flop at Eurovision, she look like Emelie form Denmark 2013, but song is weak , if she represent FInald , Finland in final in final from 12 to 20 place.
Norma have better chance in final, TOP 10 placment like The Nehterlands 2013, Norway 2014 and 2015 from 8 to 10 place.
Only Lauri and Lara from song from finish final have chance to go to final at Eurovision but in final place from 18 to 24.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 years ago

Has to be Emma and it is not even close.
Anything else and Finland probably have another disaster on their hands.

cheesecake
cheesecake
4 years ago

We are talking Finland here, so I’ll be happy if any of my top 7 (which exclude the three trash acts) makes it. My top 3 would be: 1 “Helppo elämä” – This is very modern and obviously the Finnish makes this even better and more special. I’m sure this could do quite well at the contest. It’s fun and catchy. 2 “Reach Out For The Sun” – This has really grown on me. I especially love the instrumental part in the chorus. It’s magical, in a way. 3 “Circle Of Light” – Emma is clearly the safest choice for… Read more »

Jim H
Jim H
4 years ago

I honestly don’t think circle of light would get past the semis

EscGreekFan
EscGreekFan
4 years ago

Quite decent entries with obviously the big favourite Circle of Light being the most polished song of all..However I’m very curious about the staging of it,which i hope doesn’t ruin the vibe of it. I believe that the other artists that actually stand a chance into getting into the final are Norma John,My First Band (although the 2 last boybands of Denmark with better songs didnt make it),Lauri & surprisingly Gunther which is a real guilty pleasure. Songs like Arrows (If Agnete can’t make it with a far superior song then i can’t see it as well) or Perfect Villain… Read more »

eurovision6
eurovision6
4 years ago

Emma, Anni Saikku or My First Band

Biritta
Biritta
4 years ago

? Anni ? … Modern, young, different. Best. ?

(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
4 years ago

Emma or Zühlke.

@DaniSpain

He wouldn’t change it to English, he has announced his goal is to win Eurovision for Finland in Finnish.

beccaboo1212
4 years ago

Emma with “Circle of Light” 😉

DaniSpain
DaniSpain
4 years ago

I would vote for Lauri if he kept the song in Finnish. I´m sure he´ll change it to english if he wins, so I go for Emma.

Good luck Finland!

Jerome
Jerome
4 years ago

Ah, UMK. The national selection where really any song can be chosen. Don’t be surprised if one of the strange acts end up getting chosen, people.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 years ago

Of course, the problem with a blatantly obvious choice (in this case, Emma) is that UMK won’t choose it!!