Erika Vikman Cicciolina Finland UMK 2020

We might have had to wait the whole weekend after Tika’s “I Let My Heart Break” arrived on Friday, but Erika Vikman’s UMK 2020 “Cicciolina” has finally dropped.

Armed with a new format, the Finnish broadcaster YLE is searching for the song to take them back to the grand final.

Erika Vikman “Cicciolina” (UMK 2020)

Erika’s song is enticingly described as an “energetic Finndisco piece, where no attempts are made to hide sexual freedom.” The jury also thinks it may become a staple of Finnish bachelorette parties. Erika typically sings in Finnish and “Cicciolina” is no exception.

Music and lyrics: Janne Rintala, Mika Laakkonen, Janne Rintala, Erika Vikman, Saskia Vanhalakka

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 Eurovision 2020 news here

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Atlantis
Atlantis
5 months ago

It’s definitely trash but I kind of like it because it’s so fun and positive. Finland has 50/50 chances because there’s no clear 100% qualifier. I’d go for Sansa since I enjoy the vibe but I understand that eurofans won’t appreciate it.

NockeyNoo
NockeyNoo
5 months ago

as electronic’n 90’s fan, this song is for me, what a catchy tune, especially intro, hell yesh~
mah selection winner~

Fedelia
Fedelia
6 months ago

Oh come on ppl! Euroclubs, couple of drinks, Cicciolina.. perfection 😉 just surrender 🙂

horrible song
horrible song
6 months ago

Finland is surely last if they really are going to select this awful bad song! It has no chance also because its singed in finnish, great majority of people hate finnish language because its so ugly language. Finns seems to be extremist, they are all the time in wrong time so their selections are always worst possible. This is same thing as that horrible bad punk band was, finnis believed that everybody loves it but everybody outside finland hate it. Finns songs in eurovision are always something which is musically very weak, I suppose they believe that stupid show and… Read more »

Benjamin Molini
Benjamin Molini
6 months ago
Reply to  horrible song

Bit harsh of you. We Finns live in a very secluded community as we don’t really socialize with other cultures. But we have some amazing and beautiful things as well. I hate the song too but you’re wrong about our media industry as a whole. And Finnish isn’t an ugly language. Klingon is 😀

horrible song
horrible song
6 months ago

I have been in Helsinki and there I saw many interracial couples. If I compare it to many other cities in europe the difference was notable. That tells very different about socializing with different cultures. Nice city to visit, but that song have no change to qualify.

Christo
Christo
5 months ago
Reply to  horrible song

What the hell does interracial couples have anything to do with the last comment? You have a screw loose somewhere.

Marcin
Marcin
6 months ago
Reply to  horrible song

Wow this comment is so cruel and disrespectful. I would love to give a huge answer to it, but my honour tells me to just complement Erika for her great entry! <3

Jucca
Jucca
4 months ago
Reply to  horrible song

It sound like You are a Finn and woman? – Why Finnish women attack against a song which is for their rights to be equally treated as men? In YouTube all from other countries say the language is beautiful in this song, but Finns are repeatedly explaining “how awful Finnish language is” and how difficult.-Why ?? It is neither of these according to comments I have heard from foreigners. Actually you can speak Finnish in quite an awful way, and many do especially in rural areas and in northern part of Finland. -But also in a quite beautiful way if… Read more »

Tom
Tom
6 months ago

Sound like Abbas song

Loin dici
6 months ago

Remember, one of thr crude indicators of its advantage is that it reaches more than 150k views only one day after its release.

Bebethequeen
Bebethequeen
6 months ago

For the Dutch and belgium people out there its sounds like a k3 song. Voor het begin

Fabian
Fabian
5 months ago
Reply to  Bebethequeen

No it does not.
I’m Dutch and I LOVE Cicciolina

Thorbeta
Thorbeta
6 months ago

This is so pure oldschool schlager that I hate to love and love to hate. Of course it will crash and burn eventually, no matter how much love it well get by the fandom…

Porsteinn
Porsteinn
6 months ago

I’ve missed those finnish pop-schlagers so much. Thank you, Erika!

Una
Una
6 months ago

I will take the risk and say that using that title instead of “Argentina” or another word that would suit the beautiful Finnish language is sort of cheap. Hook or bait kind of name. I get it. But that title? No matter how good the song may be. I’ve heard it. Not my taste. Doesn’t mean it’s bad. But come on. No need for a translation into that universal language that is English.

Riri
Riri
6 months ago
Reply to  Una

So you would suggest another title instead of ‘Cicciolina’?
I don’t really get why the song would be called ‘Argentina’ (or argentiina in finnish).
Erika was inspired by a documentary she watched about Cicciolina. And the song is about living like Cicciolina. Since it’s a person’s name it really can’t be translated.
So I think it makes sense that a song about Cicciolina is called ‘Cicciolina’
Did I misunderstand your comment or would you like to explain further what you ment?

Tom
Tom
6 months ago

It’s very catchy. I love it!

Benji
Benji
6 months ago

I would like this song to represent Finnland this year, but with one condition: They MUST keep it in Finnish.

Niksa
5 months ago
Reply to  Benji

Erika has promised in multiple interviews that she will never record or perform this in English so no worries on that one! 😀

brennan
brennan
6 months ago

this is definitely not disco, and it’s also very, very messy, and i also really, really hope it doesn’t win, BUT it’s also like the most concentrated espresso shot of schlager that’s ever existed, so… go off erika for keeping the genre going strong

soooo baaaaddd
soooo baaaaddd
6 months ago

This was worst I have never heard Finland producing. It was too embarrassing to listen, its horrible bad. As I understand she is together with 80 year old man and praising someone like cicciolina!!?? First Finland song was honestly very good, but this is ultimate worst possible. It has 0 chance to qualify and its completely disgusting!

Rasmus
Rasmus
6 months ago

Many strong reactions here haha. I think we all should count to 3 and breath. We all know it will not win in Finland and its not the best song ever or the worst song ever.

Mr X
Mr X
6 months ago

iceland 2018 – are you sure ?

Nicky91
Nicky91
6 months ago

of course this is adored by many, ”ethnic fun bop” as many are saying

Jake
Jake
6 months ago

LOVE IT. Absolutely loving it.

John the Go
6 months ago

I really, really, really love this.

Jakub
Jakub
6 months ago

The best so far in UMK! I hope Finland will send Erika to Eurovision 🙂 it’s fun!

ORE92
ORE92
6 months ago

I know this will be divisive as an entry. But, for me this works. I love it. It’s fun, I can dance to it and she seems really fun. Will be on this year’s eurovision playlist for me. That being said, maybe not a great choice for May Finland.

Héctor
Héctor
6 months ago

No, not for me. The music and the melody are annoying, I’m not into disco music so it sounds dated to me. Well, maybe it is retro, not dated, but as I said disco music is not my thing. They say the message is interesting but I don’t understand a single word so that doesn’t help obviously. I like famous classic disco songs from the 70s and early 80s, I also like music in foreing languages not only in Spanish or English, but all in all “Cicciolina” is just not interesting nor funny or enjoyable. I wouldn’t be surprised if… Read more »

Kobe
Kobe
6 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

This has nothing to do with “disco”, it’s utterly crap…

Puff
Puff
6 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

You could understand the message just by searching the translated lyrics on Google. It’s that easy. Not everything has to be in English.

Edu
Edu
6 months ago

I quite like it. To date, this is my fav! Go Erika!!! 🙂

Milla
Milla
6 months ago

He he he.. I don’t think I will add it to my playlist.. It sounds dated in a bad way.

Kungfrederik90
Kungfrederik90
6 months ago

I love this song. Retro disco , catchy , funny and above all in finnish. Top 10 material.

Carlos
Carlos
6 months ago

Just… Nope

Sun
Sun
6 months ago

Date sound but it can qualify if they can create so fun on the stage. That’s the fun side of Eurovision. Just like IOTA from Australia. It all depends on the staging.

Puff
Puff
6 months ago
Reply to  Sun

Not date sound, but retro sound

Sun
Sun
6 months ago
Reply to  Puff

It’s dated for me. The retron sound can also sound current if it’s done right. Dance Alone is an example but she sucked live. But dated doesn’t mean bad. This can surprise people if they can create some fun on the stage.

Bandido
Bandido
6 months ago

Something between Verka, Poland 2014 and Fin Marry me 2013.

West
West
6 months ago

I’m sorry, but this does nothing for me. For me it sounds dated and not fun. A little plus for not being in English, but that’s it.

ESC lover China
ESC lover China
6 months ago

Actually, after hearing both Tika and Erika’s songs, I think this year’s UMK is getting me so excited that the renewed format is exactly what Finland needs. As a Finnish pop music and UMK lover, I assure you Finnish music industry is of high standard. It’s just they don’t really find the right way through in EUROVISION. After this year’s presenting, I am already confident that Finland could stick to the new format in the next decade and may even win. Nothing is eternal as in EUROVISION!????

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
6 months ago

The intro is cool, the beat is dynamic, the Finnish language sounds good. Erika is selling the style and the “retro-vibes”, meant in a positive way. It’s actually my new favorite of the season 😀

Porsteinn
Porsteinn
6 months ago
Reply to  ESCFan2009

Playboy! 😉

Thomas
Thomas
6 months ago

Its honestly a very fun song, will it win ESC? No. But will it be memorable? Absolutely. She is absolutely gorgeous an tbh this is gonna be the one to beat since UMK has kinda let me down in the selwction in the past. Hopefully we keep stepping the bars up!

Joe
Joe
6 months ago

Look, I’ll just say it: remember Saara Aalto? Remember how fans hyped her up like crazy when her song wasn’t honestly that original in the grand scheme of things? Remember how she finished third(!!!) in the OGAE vote and finished second-to-last in the final? This song is not honestly that different. I know it’s fun and appealing and if it’s staged well enough it could be a real fan favorite (like an Alcazar sort of deal), but fans (especially Finnish fans) need to bear in mind that this is 100% not a guaranteed smash at the contest. Maybe it would… Read more »

Puff
Puff
6 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Remember how Saara’s staging ruined everything? Hyping up is ok if you deliver with your staging, let’s hope Erika does.

Azaad
Azaad
6 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Saara was also disadvantaged by the presence of Netta and Eleni in the competition, in that a lot of potential Monsters fans ended up supporting Toy and or Fuego, meaning she lost a lot of televotes. While there are likely to be at least a couple of Fuego like songs at ESC, Toy can’t really be reproduced, so Erika would have less competition for televotes as it were. I do concede that this will struggle with the jurors though.

Bella
Bella
6 months ago

The way she pronounces Cicciolina is weird. It should be tchee-tcho-lee-na, she says tchee-tchee-oh-lee-na. Oh and that song is awful.

MTD
MTD
6 months ago

What. Is. This. Nonsense?

No wonder ESC gays are loving it – it’s trash.

emeej
emeej
6 months ago
Reply to  MTD

Looks like the ESC gays downvoted you lmao this is indeed awful, I guess people dont want Finland qualifying with the way they are trying to make it happen

lolkrowa
6 months ago
Reply to  emeej

“No wonder ESC gays are loving it – it’s trash” Just freaking @ me next time oml

MTD
MTD
6 months ago
Reply to  emeej

This is something that belongs to a different era. ESC moved away from this trash looooong time ago.

Misty
Misty
6 months ago
Reply to  MTD

Yes this is trashy indeed. There’s Finnish Eurovision community name Viisukuppila it’s very dated with their opinions. I visited their wall some time ago and for my amusement I learnt Cicciolina is Viisukuppila’s favorite :D. They also follow ESCForum and Wiwibloggs so I bet they’re who downvoted you. Sorry Viisukuppila. If you read this: I wonder how bad all those drop out 594 songs were if Cicciolina selected.

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago

I probably don’t share the enthusiasm of most of you here, but this is indeed a charming earworm (the chorus is already stuck in my head!). I hope the lyrics are smart (I suppose it’s too early to find a translation) and the performance to be unapologetically retro just as the song is. As Azaad pointed, it’s clearly a homage and I would prefer a well done throw-back to a different musical age than any pale attempt to reproduce a hit from a few years ago.

Oxu
Oxu
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Chorus:

One beutiful day when i arrive to you.
It wouldn’t help even if i would dress up nun’s gown.
Or even if whole Argentine would cry for me.
If one has already lived like Cicciolina

For the pleasure i put crown in my head
And if i want, you will kneel before me
One can see the world so beutiful,
If you have lived like Cicciolina

Azaad
Azaad
6 months ago
Reply to  Oxu

That actually seems quite well written. So the message is that she should embrace her sexuality and not try to be demure to please society?

Misty
Misty
6 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

Nope.

Niksa
5 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

YES exactly, basically not to give a f*ck about what people and the society thinks and live free and enjoy life as you like!

Riri
Riri
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

The translated lyrics are in the lyric video’s comment section on youtube if you’re interested

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  Riri

Thank you Riri and Oxu, you were both very helpful. 🙂 It seems the lyrics will make it even more divisive, because they’re pretty straight-forward, just the opposite we normally have in Eurovision. They made it clear to me that Erika is presenting a character (Cicciolina ist not just name-dropping) and let’s see how she’ll play it. I’ve seen a video of her performing “Vogue”, so she has previous experience with this kind of performance.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
6 months ago

It’s more than a yes from me.

Mr X
Mr X
6 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

From me too ! Sometime I like eurotrash and I love finnish language.

Stian F
Stian F
6 months ago

Just, NO!

Sami
Sami
6 months ago

This genre is actually quite popular in Finland and it’s an artist staying true to her style. That combination has been relatively rare in earlier editions of UMK. Also she’s great live. Getting excited about the national selection of my own country is something that has never happened to me before and I’m all for it. Hopefully the rest of the songs will keep up the hype.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
6 months ago

No. Maybe if Aiste sang it.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
6 months ago

Kidding. Just no.

Tibor
Tibor
6 months ago

You’re funny. And I agree.

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
6 months ago

Yes! I love this 80s disco realness! This is camp at its best, and I miss it so much in Eurovision. It may very well be the best song I’ve heard so far during this pre-ESC season. As Laura Voutilainen sang in 2002 – “Cicciolina”, I’m addicted to you!

Polegend Godgarina
6 months ago

anyway here it’s more about the entertainment than the song itself. yeah, it’s dated af, but i’ll overlook it bc she clearly isn’t trying to create a radio hit, she’s rather selling a character. it’s just…very entertaining and it does what it has to do very well!

Gin
Gin
6 months ago

It’s not dated, it’s retro. It’s not an accident.

Campbell Grace
Campbell Grace
6 months ago
Reply to  Gin

Still don’t understand the hypocrisy with him. He loved Verona but anything else is dated…

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  Campbell Grace

By the way, “Verona” was one of the entries that came my to mind after I’ve listened to “Cicciolina”. I also thought about “I Do” from last year’s Melfest and “Say Na Na Na”. All of them are clearly not trying to sound current and this ends up being a big part of their charm (though, of course, some will appeal more than others to each one of us).

Campbell Grace
Campbell Grace
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I couldn’t agree more! A lot of songs in the past have purposefully done this, yet some people look past it and label it “dated”

Polegend Godgarina
6 months ago
Reply to  Campbell Grace

and what about it? i live near verona it was an unintentionally comical tribute

Mr X
Mr X
6 months ago
Reply to  Gin

Absolutely not ! At least could it stand out and it´s memorable – yes, “retro” ist the correct description.

Leon
Leon
6 months ago

This is actually really catchy song. And so great that it’s in Finnish. We need more languages in Eurovision!

Azaad
Azaad
6 months ago

Because it sounds like the 80s/90s rather than the 00s it comes off as a vintage homage rather than being dated. Good staging could make this a real treat in both Tampere and Rotterdam. So far UMK has been good. Neither Tika or Erika would realistically win ESC but they would be massive improvements on Darude.

DALTH
DALTH
6 months ago

I quite like this, probably would of been a top ten hit in 1996 in Finland. It reminds me of those songs you would here at the end of eurotrash back in the day.

Isa
Isa
6 months ago

Cool song! 🙂

bastian
bastian
6 months ago

Love it!

Kosey
Kosey
6 months ago

This is fun!

Jo.
Jo.
6 months ago

Wow! set free the diva inside you! ^^

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
6 months ago

I like how every sentence in finnish sounds just a little bit too long and clumsy xD