Tika Let My Heart Break UMK 2020

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

UMK 2020

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.

Read more Finland 2020 news here.

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Tika very good choice
Tika very good choice
10 months ago

This is very good! Surely should go to final. Very good singer and absolutely surprisingly good because its from Finland. Finland is known as bad music but this is internationally good song.

Isa
Isa
10 months ago

Love this. It has this “retro” feel which appeals to me. But I must say that the way she “says” the words “coffee” and “number” does not exist in the English vocabulary! Just pronounce them the right way, it will still fit the song (if you’re not deaf…). 🙂

Muharrem
Muharrem
10 months ago

Yesterday i was say to my friends “as the days pass as songs are released songs good but not good until in not top 10 for me at eurovision season” but i listened to Tika I told Waoow . current in my top 5

Una
Una
10 months ago

After two listens: I like the melody and the voice in general. My casual listener ear says the voice is strong at times and that there are some gaps or lost of breathing at times (sorry I don’t know how to say this in expert terms). And that this is not ok especially considering that we’re talking about a studio version. For example, Alexeev and Slavko’s voices in the studio versions of their songs were very much ok but the live voices were a different story. So talking about Tika’s song: more work for a live performance if the quality… Read more »

Una
Una
10 months ago
Reply to  Una

To add: the lost love story theme is a huge pet peeve of mine. Just saying.

Rasmus
Rasmus
10 months ago

Its nice but i would be suprised if a song like this won in Finland. A litte to much average

Bandido
Bandido
10 months ago
Reply to  Rasmus

Never! It’s too ‘decent’ for Finns to pick. They want something shocking, even it’s bad, because think it’s better to stand out no matter how bad it it’s like 2015.

Myles
Myles
10 months ago

As a native speaker I find the lyrics a bit jarring but the song has a good melody and she has a great voice so I think this could take Finland back to the final

Héctor
Héctor
10 months ago

Just meh. She knows how to sing but the voice nor the song are something special.

Carlos
Carlos
10 months ago

Non qualifier…next please

Bandido
Bandido
10 months ago
Reply to  Carlos

And you all the people would now that?! XD

Riri
Riri
10 months ago

It’s not awful, but not amazing either. It’s kind of average and her vocals are definitely the best element in the song.
But knowing the quality of UMK songs though, it might be the best one in the bunch.

Daniel Li
Daniel Li
10 months ago

desperately need a revamp to make it more epic

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???
10 months ago

There is one thing to be mentioned?The song is produced together with some Chinese(Taiwanese) members, people feel not their style cos mainly they listen to western pop music, this song however, has a clear eastern rhythm. And asa I heard the chorus, it appears so familiar to me that I realized it’s a common chorus among eastern music culture. So I bet this song would be appealing to eastern viewers cos it fits their taste well.

brennan
brennan
10 months ago
Reply to  ???

TRUE… this could easily be a Mandopop/Cantopop hit

OhhHoney
OhhHoney
10 months ago

Aside from the line about coffee, I don’t have any problems with this.

Kosey
Kosey
10 months ago
Reply to  OhhHoney

Agreed, that definitely jars and she will have a caffeine problem very quickly if she carries on.

Una
Una
10 months ago
Reply to  OhhHoney

No snark but changing “coffee” with “tea” would be better because the way she sings “coffee” doesn’t sound natural. I sang that verse with “tea” and it sounded better. Hot beverage in the morning. Same thing.

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???
10 months ago

I just had no idea why so many people say this is not great. This is perfect and I already see Finland in the final this year. What a wonderful voice. This is exactly what world needs, to
save the lost, original sound. People nowadays are too restrained to feel emotion, to be sentimental that they were affected by the high tempo of the music culture nowadays. Anyway, Tika’s sound is wonderful and I’m backing Tika!

Kris
Kris
10 months ago

Strong vocally, but doesn’t seem very fresh to me . Still this could do well with juries , the public will tank this

Sabrina
Sabrina
10 months ago

It’s a decent start, though not my cup of tea. I like the verses, but when she gets loud during the chorus, it becomes uncomfortable to my ears and the key change makes it worst. She has a strong voice, that’s for sure.

Polegend Godgarina
10 months ago

she looks like a lovely girl but this song is one big vocal exercise over an uninspiring instrumental track… i hope finland is saving the best for last

Puff
Puff
10 months ago

If you wanna listen to the second UMK song “Cicciolina” that got leaked, it’s here 🙂 https://vimeo.com/386837152

Misty
Misty
10 months ago
Reply to  Puff

Cicciolina sounds very dated 1970s disco. Stupid. She looks very bad on stage and almost robotic.

Azaad
Azaad
10 months ago

Tika can clearly sing. The lyrics are fairly good in terms of their specificity (the verses anyway) but they tell a confusing and contradictory story at points. The music moves between being sad and triumphant as well. It’s like two good songs were put together and the result is an uneven song whose separate parts are stronger than the whole. It will be elevated live though and often uneven production can be overshadowed by strong vocals and staging. It does sound a bit dated, although it has a vintage charm as well. It’s barely James Bond though.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
10 months ago

Very good start, Finland!
This is already better than some of the songs that qualified for the Eurovision final last year. Her voice is strong and the song shows it off. I’m hoping this isn’t the best you’ve got but if it is, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
10 months ago

The song is too shouty for me and I think it would get lost at Eurovision

bastian
bastian
10 months ago

I like her voice and think the verses are stronger than the chorus. Overall i dont find it a competitive song. This won’t be a good choice. I liked Erika’s song though! Bring back the schlager 😀

Nico deMask
Nico deMask
10 months ago
Reply to  bastian

*Aiste Pilvelyte entered the chat* Somebody said schlager?

Jack Pricefield
Jack Pricefield
10 months ago

Excellent start from Finland! I’m a sucker for power ballads so this song is right up my alley, it’s wonderfully structured and magically fierce, I could not contain my excitement when the key change dropped! I’m hoping TIKA is amazing live, already seeing her score very well with juries.

Whisker
Whisker
10 months ago

There is something about this song I really really like. And her voice is great.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
10 months ago

Did you guys delete the article about cicciolina on yle’s request? 😉 It was a total bop nevertheless.

Misty
Misty
10 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Cicciolina is very dated song and the singer very robotic on stage. I hated it. Please, Finland not Cicciolina keep that yourself.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
10 months ago

The melody is too boring to have an impact. I’ll take both coffees, though. Hopefully, the X-Men rescued Finland this year and gave Zühlke her Eurovision world hit or whatever the description was cos this one here is just a NF filler.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
10 months ago

Wow, what a voice! 🙂
I like this one. Crunchy chords and raised harmonies, wo-hoo.
I’m sure that someone will mention the dodgy English grammar in Verse 1, but, I like this song anyway.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
10 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I liked the song, but got downvoted. Please explain.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
10 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Evidently this no longer applies. Purple gone silly.