The war has just begun! UMK 2020 has launched a new format to determine the song and artist who will Finland in Rotterdam. One song has been released each day and today marks the final release. Catharina Zühlke has released her song “Eternity” and the lineup is now complete.

Catharina Zühlke “Eternity” (UMK 2020)

Fans may remember Catharina Zühlke from UMK 2017, where she finished second with “Perfect Villain”. Now performing with her first name as well, her song is described as being about “the power of love”. Zühlke says she “got a strong feeling that [her] song has a greater meaning.” The UMK jury doesn’t hold back, describing the song as a “potential world-beater at the Eurovision Song Contest.”

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. With the release of “Eternity”, Catharina Zühlke completes the lineup of entries.

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miskdisky
miskdisky
7 months ago

Is no one listening to the lyrics?

Those last couple of lines are a punch in the stomach; what a powerful twist. I want to listen again, but I think there’s something in my eye.

This is my favorite song of the season so far.

Étoile
Étoile
7 months ago

1-Cicciolina
2- Looking Back
3-Lover View
4-Eternity
5-I Let My Heart Break
6-Bananas

Good luck Suomi! :3

West
West
7 months ago

When the song started I kinda liked it – what a sweet balad, I thought. Then the beat joint the party and I was disappointed.
Oh, well – my top 3 of UMK:
1. F3M
2. Aksel Kankaanranta
3. Sansa

Whisker
Whisker
7 months ago
Reply to  West

I felt the same!!! Tho no top for me, there is nothing in this selection that I truly enjoy.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
7 months ago

her voice sounds great but the instrumental really didn’t need that cheap dance beat! this way it sounds like a late-00s remix. oh well, looking back and cicciolina are still great choices for different reasons, so finland should be fine.

Emily
Emily
7 months ago

Some say it’s cheap, some say it sounds like Avicii. lol. Gotta love the internet.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
7 months ago
Reply to  Emily

avicii sweetie… leave his blessed soul alone.

Tom
Tom
7 months ago

I am the only one who do not like any of these songs ? 🙁 i think Erika should win, but her song remind me some Abba’s songs

Rasmus
Rasmus
7 months ago
Reply to  Tom

I feel 10 countries in Semi 2 will have better songs then Finland. It will be an upphill battle for Finland to qualify this year.

Happy 2020
Happy 2020
7 months ago

I was really liking it at the start and then that cheap eurodance beat started and ruined everything…
Am I the only one who thinks none of the Finnish songs are deserving of representing them?

Happy 2020
Happy 2020
7 months ago
Reply to  Happy 2020

Keep disliking my comment triggered Finns, I said what had to be said.

ESC lover China
ESC lover China
7 months ago
Reply to  Happy 2020

I’m not Finn, and I disliked. Why are you so sure that those are Finns? Doesn’t make any sense.

CRISTIANO MESSI
7 months ago
Reply to  Happy 2020

But don’t you understand, that this is Finlands’ real level. Finland have not sent any amazing top 10 songs since 2014. But Finland can go to the final. They are placed in the end of semi 2, which is good

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
7 months ago

For me, it cannot beat “Perfect Villain”, but her voice is great and I love her personality.
I would definitely send Erika to Rotterdam though <3

Colin
Colin
7 months ago

While everyone is (deservingly) praising Portugal and The Czech Republic for their HQ selections, I want to take a moment and do the same for Finland. Only last year they dire selection of three weak songs and now the quality jumped by several degrees. Out of six songs, I think that five of them would probably return them to the finals (Bananas is okay for a casual listening, but neither compelling enough to dwell on it, nor “bananas” enough to qualify as a guilty pleasure.) Other five songs have different strengths, but with a proper staging, any of them could… Read more »

Azaad
Azaad
7 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Wouldn’t go that far in praise but their streamlined approach has resulted in a decent NF with songs that can do well at ESC as complete packages. They certainly won’t end up last in their semi again

John the Go
7 months ago

This isn’t terrible by any means but it does make three minutes feel very long.

NickC
NickC
7 months ago

Not bad. But i think I am rooting for Bananas.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
7 months ago

Catharina herself is awesome, although the song “Eternity” is not an absolute winner.
The UMK contest I think is wide open this year. How exciting. 🙂

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
7 months ago

Disappointed by UMK this year. I think more likely than not Finland aren’t gonna qualify this year.

CRISTIANO MESSI
7 months ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

What did you expect? This is not Melodifestivalen (thats a cringe show tho)

Erasmus
Erasmus
7 months ago

I actually loved UMK in 2017 (Reach out for the Sun, Circle of Lights, Paradise, Arrows and Black Bird were all really good), this year I’m not in love with any of the songs, they are either really dated or chessy or so mainstream (Looking Back) that you can feel that the artist has no connection with the song itself

Apple
Apple
7 months ago

The lyrics aren’t the best but there’s something special here. Very pared back (and e-nun-ci-a-ted) it almost gets stale, but then changes up. I feel like people may not get the song immediately or turn it off a minute in, but if you can get to the last minute it’s so worth it.

Carlos
Carlos
7 months ago

I had high hopes for her but am dissapointed… saying that no one had any high hopes for Perfect Villain (was all about Circle of light) but she nearly won the NF.

Sabrina
Sabrina
7 months ago

Not my thing, sorry. I guess with a fun performance “Cicciolina” is the song that can make Finland stand out in Rotterdam, though “Lover View” is the song with more chances to make to my playlists. Aksel and Tika may wow voters with their vocals, so I wouldn’t count them out yet.

Where I belong
Where I belong
7 months ago

My favourite song so fär.

Fabio
Fabio
7 months ago

It’s like Zero Gravity, but with an awful and generic set of lyrics. Cicciolina is the only song with chances to stand out in Eurovision.

Rasmus
Rasmus
7 months ago
Reply to  Fabio

One more person that dont know the meaning of the word generic. Tired to explain it for the 5000th time.

Sumsar
Sumsar
7 months ago
Reply to  Rasmus

What?

Sami
Sami
7 months ago

Hmm.. It’s definitely not a world beater 😀 But this year’s UMK is still a step forward from past years. I don’t know what’s up with these comical English lyrics though. Hopefully the live show will be a success. Also Cicciolina is currently 6th on Finland top 50 Spotify which is pretty much unheard of for a UMK or even for a eurovision related song.

Hellohi
Hellohi
7 months ago

its not a world beater but I like listening to it – it makes fun. And I feel in some parts some Avicii vibes (without you)

OhhHoney
OhhHoney
7 months ago

I’ll stand firm behind Tika to represent Finland.

I also find it hilarious that a country like Lithuania has a better selection of songs compared to both Norway and Finland.

Hm?
Hm?
7 months ago
Reply to  OhhHoney

Why is Lithuania doing well such a hilarious or ludicrous circumstance? Lithuania is a perfectly respectable country. Lithuania won the Golden Lion at last year’s Venice Biennale.

Azaad
Azaad
7 months ago

Fine enough for a NF, but it’s like a more orchestrally driven cousin of Aiste’s Unbreakable. To be honest none of the songs in UMK are awful, but Cicciolina has unexpectedly become my favourite because it is unabashedly a throwback schlager bop.

finnished
finnished
7 months ago

This is just awful. As a Finn, knowing the usual quality of the songs at UMK, I’ve been very happy so far but it is beyond my knowledge how this song was selected by the jury… Probably just because she already prticipated in UMK and finished second.

All in all, my choice would be Erika or Aksel, I really like their songs. Tika and Sansa are good too. All we need is a place in the final and that will make the Finns very happy.

emeej
emeej
7 months ago
Reply to  finnished

A place in the final? Maybe in 2021

ESC lover China
ESC lover China
7 months ago
Reply to  emeej

Why can’t Finns go into the final? I see it pretty likely?

emeej
emeej
7 months ago

The songs are just too bland, nothing unique in the selection

Lola
Lola
7 months ago

Ignoring the lyrics, this is SO DISNEY

Colin
Colin
7 months ago
Reply to  Lola

And what’s wrong with that? Why is a company which systematically produced Oscar-nominated songs a synonymy for anything other than good? Sure, there are some sappy songs that try to unsuccessfully emulate that formula, but actually sounding like one takes a lot of talent.

Fabio
Fabio
7 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Disney is just a cultural industry that DOMINATES the world of entertainment. Of course, the Academy will nominate their production sistematically as a way to endorse that cultural domination. Does it mean everything they do is anything other than “good”? Of course, not.

Tom
Tom
7 months ago

I think this song is the worst…

Kosey
Kosey
7 months ago

Wow, what a depressing ending, I wasn’t expecting that.
The pedant in me wants to point out that “lasting for generations” is not eternity, but I have to concede as much as I thought I would hate it at the start, it got me bopping along. This has got banger potential.

ESC Ukraine
ESC Ukraine
7 months ago

I actually wouldn’t mind anyone but Catharina or Erika going.

Colin
Colin
7 months ago

Quite an emotional song with a good vocal. Very different from Perfect Villain, yet still good. If this counts for anything, ALL SIX SONGS are better than what they had last year. UMK is back and I am hoping for a great show! 🙂

ESC Ukraine
ESC Ukraine
7 months ago

I am: Disappointed

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
7 months ago

So… where is the potential world beater? Those descriptions were sarcastic, no? Self-deprecating humor? It hardly beats ‘Perfect Villain’. Say what you want, but for the first time ever, I couldn’t be more thankful for Sweden. Finland have lost their touch completely and utterly.

Tom
Tom
7 months ago

The weakest NF this year
Finland see you next year

Rasmus
Rasmus
7 months ago
Reply to  Tom

This is my fave with Tika so i dont feel its over yet:) Finland is still in it:)

Fabio
Fabio
7 months ago
Reply to  Rasmus

This one and Tika’s rank as the worse entries UMK this year, lol

Rasmus
Rasmus
7 months ago
Reply to  Fabio

thats nice but all songs are liked by some.

emeej
emeej
7 months ago
Reply to  Tom

I dont know why you are downvoted, this NF has been so underwhelming. It even makes Latvias selection look impressive.. which is quite an achievement