After days of hints and rumours, the competing acts of Finland’s UMK 2021 have been revealed. Finnish broadcaster Yle announced the seven artists who will compete to be Finland’s representative at Eurovision 2021.
The names were announced today in a video presentation from Yle. Instead of the usual extravagant press event, the broadcaster practised social distancing and presented the acts via a pre-recorded video. Among the line-up is last year’s UMK winner Aksel and Estonian Eurovision star Laura. One song will be released every weekday, starting from Thursday 14 January.
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UMK 2021 Acts
Also known as Oskari Ruohonen, OSKR is an upcoming Finnish singer-songwriter.
Release date: 14 January
Teflon Brothers x Pandora “I Love You”
The Teflon Brothers are a popular Finnish hip hop group. They have enjoyed several number-one singles and most recently charted with the single “Bakara”. Group member Pyhimys collaborated with Aksel Kankaanranta on the 2018 single “Jättiläinen”.
Pandora is a Swedish Eurodance star. She previously competed in Melodifestivalen in 2003 and 2004. She divides her time between Stockholm and the Finnish city of Vaanta. Pandora competed on the first Finnish series of The Masked Singer, where she placed fourth.
Release date: 15 January
Danny “Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua”
Danny is a legend of Finnish popular music, with a career spanning well over 50 years. He has previously competed in the Finnish national final six times before, with his best result being second place in 1966. Danny has a more recent connection to UMK — he was recently in a relationship with UMK 2020 star Erika Vikman.
Release date: 18 January
Laura will be well known to Eurovision fans for previously representing Estonia at Eurovision 2005 and 2017. She’s also been a familiar face in the Estonian national final Eesti Laul.
UMK 2020 winner Aksel Kankaanranta is a surprise entry, having earlier said that he hadn’t submitted an entry for 2021. But he’s back for another shot at Eurovision.
Release date: 20 January
Blind Channel “Dark Side”
Blind Channel are an alternative rock group who describe their genre as “violent pop”.
Release date: 21 January
ILTA “Kelle mä soitan”
ILTA is a German-Finnish singer who is currently working on her debut album.
Release date: 22 January
The grand final of UMK 2021 will be held on 20 February 2021.
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