In 2020, the second UMK entry to be revealed became a huge fan favourite — Erika Vikman’s “Cicciolina”. Will Teflon Brothers x Pandora be able to match such excitement with their song “I Love You“?
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.
Teflon Brothers x Pandora “I Love You” (UMK 2021)
“I Love You” is described as an “instantly catchy tune” whose goal is “to help people better express their emotions and become more open and courageous”.
This collaboration has been a long-time in the making. In fact, Teflon Brothers and Pandora first came up with the idea to collaborate by chance four years ago, when they met backstage at an event.
Both Teflon Brothers and Pandora have lengthy careers. The former are a successful Finnish rap-group, while the latter is a Swedish Eurodance star. “Our mission is to bring people together in joy, celebration and love. We want to tell everyone that love does not care what language you speak or how you look. It’s all about the power of non-verbal cues or, as Pandora likes to call it, mental interaction”, they say.
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.