Since news of the cancellation it has been a question on many minds.
Will national final winners be internally selected next year? In Finland we have our answer.
That’s because broadcaster YLE has confirmed song submissions for UMK 2020 will open as normal on September 1.
In the announcement, YLE also said that UMK 2020 winner Aksel Kankaanranta is welcome to submit a song, but a pre-jury will decide which songs make the live stage of the competition.
UMK 2021 submissions open September 1
UMK Producer Anssi Autio is clear from the outset:
“A year is a long time for any song and Eurovision has new music. Aksel may choose to participate in UMK next year, but the jury of professionals will select the contestants and ultimately the voters will make the selection.”
But the decision has also clearly been influenced by UMK’s success this year.
“The finale attracted the largest UMK audience for years, with a record number of young people in particular. Similarly, the public vote was the liveliest since 2015. In addition, the interest and positive reception towards this year’s competition reinforced our view that open competition will continue.
“We also received positive feedback from the finalists after the competition, which we are particularly pleased about. Next year is the tenth UMK and I believe it will become a state-of-the-art contemporary music show.”
The competition drew over 400 submissions for the 2020 edition and featured contributions from Finland’s top songwriters.
It came after two years of the show acting as a single artist, multi-song selection. That format produced mixed results. Saara Aalto did make the final, but placed 25th overall. Last year’s duo Darude and Sebastian Rejman ended last in their semi-final.
What do you make of the news? Are you excited for UMK 2021? Let us know in the comments below!
Photo Credit: YLE