Earlier this year, Finland’s broadcaster YLE confirmed that its national final UMK 2020 would revert to open entry. Now the broadcaster has confirmed that of the 426 entries received, six songs have been selected to compete at the grand final in March 2020.
The upcoming edition of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) will revert to open entry, after two years of using an internally selected artist.
And despite the disappointing results of Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman in Tel Aviv, it seems that interest in UMK is stronger than ever.
The broadcaster confirmed that it has received 426 entries. That’s significantly higher than the “over 300” entries received for UMK 2018 — before the public entries were scrapped in favour of internally selecting Saara Aalto.
The high number of entries follows a months-long campaign from UMK to get the Finnish music industry interested and involved in UMK 2020. The television broadcaster has teamed up with the youth-focused radio network YleX. 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
Tapio Hakanen — YleX’s music manager and head of the UMK 2020 selection jury — spoke positively about the selection process: “The music industry’s response to the return to an open competition was really positive. The participating songs featured some of Finland’s best songwriters, composers and producers. The finalists were selected by a jury of ten, featuring music experts from inside and outside of YLE.”
Hakanen also promises that the finale will be of a “very high standard” with tracks that are “varied in terms of style and performers.”
The six UMK 2020 finalists will be announced at a special event on Tuesday 21 January 2020. At the same time, the names of the ten UMK selection jury members will be released.
The grand final of UMK 2020 will be held on Saturday 7 March 2020. The winner will be selected by the votes of the public televote and an expert jury.
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