It’s the Nordic nation whose fortunes at Eurovision have taken a turn for the worse in recent years. But Finland is taking steps to get its groove back. Entries for national final UMK 2018 have now closed and the broadcaster has shown off a fat hard drive, packed with this year’s entries. But what is on the disk?
The broadcaster shared a photo of the slick white hard drive to social media, with a tantalising pink label reading #UMK18.
The photo was accompanied a message thanking the submitting artists for their entries, and promising all would be contacted by the end of September.
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#UMK18-haku sulkeutui juuri. SUPER-MEGA-VALTAVA KIITOS kaikille biisin lähettäneille, teitä oli monta ja ilman teitä meillä ei ois koko kisaa! ?? Nyt ladataan kaikki biisit tälle kovalevylle, josta tulee UMK:n huomion keskipiste, sydän ja kallein aarre ???? Kaikkiin biisin lähettäneisiin ollaan yhteydessä syyskuun loppuun mennessä. TÄSTÄ SE LÄHTEE YYYYEEAAAAAHHHH!! ???? #euroviisut #musiikkikilpailu #sekoon #pelkkääparhautta #glitter #boomshakalaka
“The UMK18 search just closed. SUPER MEGA HUGE THANK YOU to all the people who sent in songs. You were many and without you we wouldn’t have the whole contest! Now downloading all the songs to this hard drive, which will be the centre of UMK’s attention, the heart and the most expensive treasure. All people who have entered a song will be connected by the end of September. Here it goes yyyaaahhhh!! #Euro #Music contest #crazy #just #glitter #boom”
Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (New Music Competition) is one of the earliest national finals to kick off. The 2017 edition presented the ten finalists in late November and released full music videos shortly after Christmas.
The contest is also known for is eclectic line-up. The #UMK2017 final included the rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza of Knucklebone Oscar, the outrageous club kids Club La Persé, the sleazy lounge pop of Günther, and the “wooden dance music” of Emma. #UMK15 was won by rowdy punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, while young soul diva Sandhja won #UMK16.
But despite the diverse acts that come from UMK, Finland hasn’t fared well in recent years. While Lordi triumphantly won in 2006, Finland has stayed near the bottom of the grand final scoreboard, and in the past three years has failed to qualify for the final at all.
In Kyiv, despite being fan favourites with their gothic ballad “Blackbird”, the duo Norma John missed out on qualifying.
But hope is high for UMK18 to deliver the goods and get Finland back in the Eurovision grand final. And somewhere on that hard drive will be ten lucky acts who will take Finland one step closer.
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