After two years of less than desirable results through internally selected acts, Finland is returning to open entry for its national final UMK 2020. And now budding Finnish acts can submit their potential hits for Rotterdam. But they’ll have to be quick — the entry period is only open for one week.
Broadcaster YLE announced the application period was open with a post on social media. The broadcaster asks, “Are you Finland’s next Eurovision representative? The song search is now open. Now is the time for action.”
Back in June, broadcaster YLE confirmed that Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) would revert to open entry for 2020.
The 2020 edition is being held in partnership with youth-focused radio network YleX.
In September, YleX’s music manager Tapio Hakanen spoke about the recruiting process for UMK 2020. The competition aims to attract young, new talent (Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu literally means “New music competition”) and help boost the career of the competing acts.
Hakanen emphasized that they are looking for the complete package and are hoping to send a great singer with an equally brilliant song, with the proposal to be sent by the competitors themselves. No unknown voice demos or late-stage song pairing!
Hakanen also said that UMK 2020 was likely to involve between four and ten competing acts.
For Eurovision 2018 and 2019, YLE internally select its acts — The X Factor UK star Saara Aalto and international DJ Darude, respectively. In both years, each artist performed three songs at UMK, with the Eurovision entry decided by public and jury vote.
However, this format didn’t quite deliver the Eurovision results that Finland was perhaps hoping for. While Saara Aalto got Finland back into the Eurovision grand final, her song “Monsters” finished second to last. Earlier this year, Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman finished dead last in their semi-final with “Look Away”.
The grand final of UMK 2020 will be held on Saturday 7 March 2020 at Mediapolis television studio in Tampere. The competing acts will be announced at a special media event on 21 January 2020.
What do you think? Who would you like to see compete in UMK 2020? Who should fly the Finnish flag in Rotterdam? Tell us your thoughts below!