Next year, Finland will celebrate the tenth holding of its national final UMK. And to celebrate this milestone, broadcaster YLE is looking for a new winner’s trophy — and they’re asking for viewers to vote for their favourite.
Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (Contest For New Music) debuted in 2012 and has been used to selected Finland’s past nine Eurovision entries. UMK will be back in 2021 for the tenth time — and YLE is celebrating the first decade of the national final.
The design contest was opened in June and YLE received 24 entries, both from Finland and abroad. From those, two finalists were selected by a jury of Finnish design experts and the UMK producer.
Describing why the two finalists had stood out, the jury said, “the UMK spirit was best expressed and the jury felt that their external form was valuable, convincing but not too serious. Both will last long and serve their purpose. One design has a monumental style, while the other is playfully festive. Both designs were ready-made and thoughtful and seemed realistic to implement.”
With the two finalist designs selected, it’s now up to the public to vote for their favourite. Official voting can be made via the YLE website. The voting period will close on 16 October.
The winner will be announced in January at the press conference where the competing acts of UMK 2021 will also be revealed. The designer of the winning trophy will receive a cash award of €3,000. The eventual winner of UMK 2021 — Finland’s selection for Eurovision 2021 — will be the first act to receive the new trophy.
Before the Party Starts by Minna Viitalähde
“Resting on the table, it resembles a sturdy microphone but the trophy is not any old lifeless chunk. The ball works in the same way as snowglobes that each of us has held in our hands at least once in our lives. The glitter flowing in the ball is like a beautiful reminder of the confetti dropping on top of the winner.”
HH20 by Heikki Herranen
“The prize of Finland’s UMK must represent Finnish values, be elegant, responsible and, above all, impressive. As a result, the idea behind the HH20 Award is a pure and clear design language that celebrates the flow of new music in all its simplicity.”
Which design should be the new trophy for UMK 2021?
UMK viewers can have their say in the official trophy vote, but which design do you think should be the new trophy of UMK? Check out the two options and vote for your favourite in our poll. As always, you can only vote once, so choose carefully!
What do you think of the two trophy designs? Which one do you think should go to the UMK 2021 winner? Tell us your thoughts below!