Finland ‘s national selection show UMK comes with lots of history. And now Finland is once again set to select its act for Rotterdam through Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2020. But who should represent the country in the Netherlands?
Six acts will compete at the national final on March 7. The Finnish broadcaster YLE has abandoned the single artist format used for the past two years, bringing back the multi-act selection format. UMK 2020 sees six different acts vying for the right to represent Finland in Rotterdam.
But only one act can win and go on to represent Finland at Eurovision 2020. Who is your favourite to win? Listen to the six competing entries below and vote for your favourite. As always, you can vote for as many acts as you like, but you can only vote once — so choose wisely.
UMK 2020: Songs and Entries
Aksel Kankaanranta – “Looking Back”
Aksel Kankaanranta is a 2017 alum of the Voice of Finland. He says he’s shy, but that won’t stop him performing in front of an audience of one million, saying, “I want to transmit emotions with my singing.” “Looking Back” is described as a “sensitive song telling about world-weariness, love and the feeling of inadequacy.” The UMK jury compared it to a hit song from an artist like Sam Smith or James Arthur.
Catharina Zühlke – “Eternity”
Fans may remember Catharina Zühlke from UMK 2017, where she finished second with “Perfect Villain”. Now performing with her first name as well, “Eternity” 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.”
Erika Vikman – “Cicciolina”
Erika’s “Cicciolina” 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.
F3M – “Bananas”
Three-piece girl group F3M are made up of Viv, Baby O and Miara. “Bananas” is described as a “catchy and dance-inspiring pop song performed with an anarchistic touch.” The UMK jury says the song’s production “has ensured that each second is packed with strong pop hooks.”
Tika – “I Let My Heart Break”
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 “I Let My Heart Break” as being “at home in the latest James Bond movie.”
Sansa- “Lover View”
Established musician Sansa has an electronic style via an indie-folk background. “Lover View” is described as a “cool and sensual piece of electropop.” The UMK jury describes the song as” classic Nordic pop at its best” and compared the track to something from Swedish pop icon Robyn.
Poll: Who should win UMK 2020?
Who is your favourite in UMK 2020? Which act and song do you think would be best for Eurovision? Let us know in the comments below!