Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2021 is on! And a little more than one month before its final, the first song has just dropped: “Lie” by Oskr is now available to listen.
Finnish broadcaster YLE is sticking to last year’s formula, although expanded: this year there will be seven acts competing rather than six. Their songs will be revealed one by one every weeknight at midnight Finland time (23:00 CET) until 21 January.
Oskr “Lie” (UMK 2021)
Oskr’s entry is described as a song that “combines a strong patience with an intimate message”. He explains how his song is about those times when you don’t tell the truth just because you think that’s what the other person wants to hear.
‘Oskr’ is the stage name of multi-instrumentalist Oskari Ruohonen, from Turku. He has been part of the bands Yournalist and Traffic Island and is now starting his solo career. He cites James Blake, Bon Iver and Jon Bellion as his main musical inspirations.
The grand final of UMK will take place on 20 February. The number of competing acts was whittled down from 278 entries, and only seven entrants will take the stage.
The songs were selected by a jury of industry professionals, led by radio YleX’s music manager Tapio Hakanen. He had praise for the applicants, saying, “The level of the songs and artists was incredibly strong and I am confident that we have coming in the spring of 2021 the toughest UMK of all time. I’m really happy and grateful to each and every musician who sent a song to Yle.”
The winner will be chosen by a mixture of jury and public vote. Rather than the usual 50/50 split, the public will hold 75% of the power.