Their neighbours Norway and Sweden have already started revealing their national final acts. And soon Finland will be the third Nordic country to introduce us to their possible Eurovision 2020 representatives.
We will know the names of six Uuden Misiikin Kilpailu finalists — along with the ten UMK jury members — on Tuesday, 21 of January. The names will be revealed during a closed press event in Helsinki, which will be streamed online via YLE. We will also find out more details about the Finnish participation in this year’s Eurovision.
Krista Siegfrids has been teasing her involvement in UMK 20 — and now it is finally confirmed. She will, in fact, host the show alongside Mikko Silvennoinen. He’s a popular TV personality and also a veteran UMK host.
It will be Krista’s fifth time hosting the Finnish national final. When we met up with her back in December, to preview her recent Pre-O-Porter capsule collection, she described UMK 2020 like this:
“I think that’s going to be very interesting. Also interesting for people to follow again and see who’s going to win. It makes it exciting.”
UMK 2020: Finland’s Eurovision selection process
This year’s songs for the Finnish national final were selected through open entry. The six finalists were selected from 426 applications in total. The chosen songs are said to be of very high standard and diverse in style, as promised by YleX’s music manager and the head of the UMK 2020 selection jury Tapio Hakanen.
UMK will be returning to its earlier format, and we will see all six acts performing, instead of the show focusing on one artist performing several songs. Sounds exciting!
The UMK 2020 final will take place on Saturday, 7th March in Tampere. The winner will be selected through a public televote and an expert jury.
Do not miss the announcement of the Finnish UMK participants on 21 January. We will be there to share all the details and secrets directly from Helsinki!