Tomorrow, Wednesday 13 January, Finland‘s broadcaster Yle will reveal the seven acts competing in this year’s national final UMK 2021. But prior to that, the broadcaster has been dropping hints about the identity of the seven competing acts.
Yle has been uploading daily Instagram posts with clues for the seven acts who will compete in the national final. But can these clues tell us who will be competing in the contest next month? Fans have plenty of ideas.
The first act is someone from the Finnish city of Turku. They have previously released music in both Finnish and English. Their song for UMK is written by a songwriter who has previously written for American stars Selena Gomez and G-Eazy.
One name that is coming up a lot with fan guesses is the Finnish popstar Robin Packalen, best known by the mononym Robin. Other suggestions include the Finnish singers Benjamin, and Ressu Redford.
The second artist has had their songs played on playlists, suggesting an artist with a certain amount of popularity. They are described as an icon in their particular type of music and have an international career.
One fan suggestion is the green-haired Finnish popstar Alma (not to be confused with France’s Eurovision 2017 singer) who has a number of international hits. Also suggested is the acclaimed singer, guitarist and blueswoman Erja Lyytinen.
The third act is someone that all Finns will know — suggesting either a huge pop star or possibly someone who has a high profile from another field. They got their start on a singing competition and have won several awards.
One suggestion is Mira Luoti. She is an alum of Popstars, where she was part of the girl group Tiramisu, but has since built up a solo career in music and musical theatre. Another possibility is Antti Tuisku. He got his start on Finnish Idol, and has gone on to have many hit singles and albums.
A Eurovision star makes a comeback
The fourth act is someone who has competed in Eurovision before. They’re described as an artist who has received a lot of radio play. They’re also someone for whom Finnish is not their first language, suggesting a Swedish-speaking Finn.
Fans are looking to Pernilla Karlsson, Axel Ehnström (aka Paradise Oskar) and even Krista Siegfrids. Or could it be someone from outside of Finland? Baltic neighbour and Estonian diva Laura Põldvere is rumoured to have UMK in her sights.
The fifth act is described as a sensitive interpreter. They sang on one of the most streamed songs of the past few years. This singer is also able to “create an entire choir” with their voice.
Fans are suggesting Rita Behm who performs as BEHM. Also suggested is UMK 2020 winner Aksel Kankaanranta — even though he’s claimed to have not entered the 2021 edition. Just to ramp up the drama, Aksel has reacted to UMK’s post with a chin-stroking emoji.
The sixth act is described as the biggest act of UMK 2021, which suggests a group, possibly with up to six members. They have also won the largest international music competition of its type and have a lot of fans from outside Finland.
The biggest suggestion is the symphonic metal group Nightwish, long a fan favourite for Finland’s Eurovision act. The band is fronted by the Dutch singer Floor Jansen — who would be a nice connection to the Eurovision 2021 host country.
The seventh act has been seen on some of the biggest entertainment shows in Finland. They have written several hit songs and are known for their own music as well as covers. One suggestion is Osmo Ikonen, who may be best known to Eurovision fans for finishing second in Finland’s 2009 national final.
But so far, all these names are just speculation. We’ll know the confirmed lineup when Yle announces it tomorrow, Wednesday 13 January at 12:00 CET. You’ll be able to watch a live stream of the event.
Who do you think will take part in UMK 2021? Who is the former Eurovision act? Would you like Aksel to be among the competitors? Tell us your thoughts below!