It is heating up in Helsinki! Finland will choose their Eurovision 2017 representative this Saturday, January 28 at UMK 2017. The winner will be chosen by the Finnish public together with ten international juries. Finnish broadcaster YLE today announced which countries are taking part in the international jury vote. We now also know the running order for the ten finalists.
There will be ten international juries made up of music professionals, journalists, Eurovision fans and just normal members of the public. The juries come from Finland’s bordering countries Norway, Sweden and Estonia. Big-5 countries Spain, United Kingdom and France also feature. Finally, there’s the Eurovision 2017 host country Ukraine as well as Iceland, Israel and Latvia.
Fan favourite Emma will open the show with “Circle of Light“. Don’t worry if you’re a big Emma fan, though: Softengine opened UMK in 2014 and went on to win! My First Band will close the show with “Paradise“.
UMK 2017: final running order
- Emma – “Circle Of Light“
- Alva – “Arrows“
- Günther & D’Sanz – “Love Yourself“
- Anni Saikku – “Reach Out For The Sun“
- Knucklebone Oscar & The Shangri-La Rubies – “Caveman“
- Norma John – “Blackbird“
- Lauri Yrjölä – “Helppo elämä“
- Club La Persé – “My Little World“
- Zühlke – “Perfect Villain“
- My First Band – “Paradise“
As well as the ten finalists performing, there will be some guest artists on stage too. Norwegian pop duo Marcus & Martinus and Finnish star Jenni Vartiainen will be performing. The final will once again be hosted by fan favourite Krista Siegfrids. Mikko Silvennoinen will serve as the commentator for the night.
Mikko will also host UMK17: Etkot (which means pre-party) from Thursday to Saturday. On Thursday’s pre-party show at 17:00 CET they will show off the UMK stage. They’ll also reveal the results of the online pre-vote. These votes will then be added to the public votes during the live show. It’s our first chance to see who might be in the lead with the Finnish fans!
Are you excited for UMK? Do you think the running order favours one act over the other? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!