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!

Follow all of our Finland Eurovision news here

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Bandido
Bandido
6 months ago

Still here? And still with the same concept, same idiot presenters and production??? I don’t want to here the same bad music year after year comparing , what Finnish music normally had to offer! 🙁

Puff
Puff
6 months ago

Why are y’all arguing about past entries in this article? I have to say I’m so excited for UMK 2020, I feel like the contestants will be top-notch and there will be 0 joke entries unlike before!

Kosey
Kosey
6 months ago
Reply to  Puff

Are you suggesting 2015 was a joke entry?

Broadening the topic out, I would say Finland has probably been my favorite country over the last few years – they always seem to bring something different. PKN were great, Norma John was outstanding, Saara Aalto brought a good lively pop song, and I love Darude, even if the song wasn’t great.

So here’s hoping 2020 continues on this path.

Puff
Puff
6 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

No not at all, I meant that there have been lots of joke entries in UMK although most of them haven’t qualified. For example Club La Perse, that Caveman song and others

Taika
Taika
6 months ago
Reply to  Puff

But Club La Perse is very popular in Finnish underground-culture, and gay-culture. Their events are legendary!

Ulvi
Ulvi
6 months ago

Anybody else still wonders why their 2015 song didn’t win? it sounds exactly like Lordi ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah ‘, which won.

Toma
Toma
6 months ago
Reply to  Ulvi

How dare you? Lordi’s song was a masterpiece compared to PKN’s piece. Lordi had message, melody, riffs snd everything.

Mr Vanilla Bean
6 months ago
Reply to  Toma

Not to mention the fact that ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ was an actual song.

Kosey
Kosey
6 months ago
Reply to  Ulvi

PKN’s was a faithful punk song, a genre which is chronically underrepresented in ESC.
Sadly, I think the juries couldn’t get passed the disabilities, which is a shame as it would have been nice to see a punk song in the final.

Obviously it doesn’t sound anything like Lordi, so me thinks you are a trouble maker!

Sana
Sana
6 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

I didn’t like the lyrics of ”Aina mun pitää”. They were too simple and even childish. And imo the song was just too plain and monotone. Nothing against the band. They have had better songs.

Bandido
Bandido
6 months ago
Reply to  Ulvi

Pertti Kurikan nimipäivät was just pure 1.5 min roaring, it was worst performance ever seen! Lordi has actual a decent song no matter if you donn’t like metal.

Bandido
Bandido
6 months ago
Reply to  Bandido

How could You think Verka as truly awful performance??? He/She wouldn’t be there, where is, if that was true?

Tika
Tika
6 months ago

I hope there could be some popular Finnish artists like JVG, Pyhimys, Cledos, Costee, Mouhous, Gasellit, Ellips, Etta or F

Mr Vanilla Bean
6 months ago

Well, at least her hosting means that she won’t compete. Mikael Saari for the win – let’s try this again.

Tom
Tom
6 months ago

I expected her to compete actually …..yes i also want Mikael to participate +Emma (2017)

Mr Vanilla Bean
6 months ago
Reply to  Tom

I think she may be really fun as a person, but that Eurovision song is literally everything I do not like in music. It’s like THE textbook song of my musical dislikes. The fact that it won over ‘We should be through’ doesn’t make it better, but tastes are different, I suppose.

Tina
Tina
6 months ago

I think it’s one of her worst songs, an she has good ones too. 🙂

Atte
Atte
6 months ago

Mikael Saari told many years ago that we wont be come back to competitions. Now he centralize acting and theatre musicals. Sonwe wont see him again in UMK OR any other finnish music shows

Bandido
Bandido
6 months ago

‘We should be through’ 2013 had the same concept than Arcade with a bit more ‘classical’ vibes. Wouldn’t probably not working after Arcade any more?

CRISTIANO MESSI
6 months ago

Mikael Saari isn’t famous in Finland and nobody knows him. Only ESC fans know him lol

Bandido
Bandido
6 months ago

Nobody??!! At least the ‘We should be through’ was selected one of the best ‘Suomi-love’ songs. Krista S publicity or being ‘famous’ is based pure because her desperate publicity gaining tricks. From musical or artistic point of view she has nothing to offer.

Math
Math
5 months ago
Reply to  Bandido

Krista has released great pop songs (Faller), as well as ballads (Let it burn). Just because you don’t like her doesn’t mean she has nothing to offer, come on, this girl can make a show. Mikael lost in 2013, you don’t have to hate on Krista anymore, get over it.