And then they were seven. Ilta’s entry “Kelle mä soitan” has just been released, and now all seven UMK 2021 entries are public.
Ilta “Kelle mä soitan” (UMK 2021)
“Kelle mä soitan” (Who Will I Call) is described as a “concrete depiction of what it is like to live with loneliness”. Her entry is a “touching ballad”.
“You could be in the middle of a crowd and still feel incredibly alone. It’s one of the most difficult feelings any person can have, as we’re meant to connect with others. I hope that my song can provide everyone with a bit of hope and comfort, no matter if they feel lonely or not. Even though it doesn’t include an explicit message of survival, I hope that it can make people feel that they aren’t alone in their feelings”, she explained.
Ilta has just released her debut album Näitä hetkiä varten. She rose to fame in Finland after her collaboration with rapper Cheek on “Sillat”.
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 seven entries have now all been released. They are:
- OSKR “Lie”
- Teflon Brothers x Pandora “I Love You”
- Danny “Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua”
- Laura “Play”
- Aksel “Hurt”
- Blind Channel “Dark Side”
- ILTA “Kelle mä soitan”
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.