Don’t look away! Things are heating up in Finland as UMK 2020 gets into full swing. Armed with a new format, the Finnish broadcaster YLE will be looking to unearth the song to take them to just their second final since 2015. Now, the first of the six potential tracks is upon us. Tika has released “I Let My Heart Break”.
Tika “I Let My Heart Break” (UMK 2020)
Tika was the winner of the 2018 series of the X Factor Finland, where she was mentored by Saara Aalto. Her speciality is power ballads and she says her biggest idols are Whitney Houston and Celine Dion. The UMK jury described her song as being “at home in the latest James Bond movie.”
Music and lyrics: Neea Jokinen, Timo Oiva, [email protected] Music, Lotus Wang
The final of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2020 will take place on 7 March in Tampere. Hosted by Mikko Silvennoinen and Eurovision veteran Krista Siegfrids, the winner will be decided by televote and an expert jury.
In the past two years, Finland has internally selected its artist and utilised UMK to select their song. This yielded mixed results, with Saara Aalto ending a three year non-qualification streak in 2018 before Darude and Sebastian Rejman crashed out in Tel Aviv.
This year, YLE has abandoned the internal selection and UMK will feature six different artists vying for the right to represent Finland in Rotterdam.