On Saturday night, Finland will decide its act for Eurovision 2021 with the grand final of UMK 2021. But before then, broadcaster Yle has shared short rehearsal clips, giving fans an idea of what they’ll be seeing on Saturday night’s big show.
The clips may be short, but they give big clues as to what staging concepts the seven finalists will bring to the national final.
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The performance of the Teflon Brothers x Pandora features a UFO being placed into a microwave oven with the action then cutting to a lifesize UFO on stage. What interplanetary adventure will they have?
Next up is 2020 winner Aksel. He’s keeping it simple, performing the song on a rocky outdoors-inspired set, with atmospheric smoke and interpretive dancers. While Estonian star Laura is serving one of her usual avant-garde looks, wearing a gold sequinned dress and straddling a giant chess piece. Checkmate!
Finnish pop legend Danny has very minimalistic staging. He’s dressed in black, seated on a stool with a dark backdrop and what looks like rustic pillars. He appears to be letting his heartfelt song “Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua” speak for itself.
Oskr has brought along his own rain-streaked windowpane, evoking the melancholy of a rainy day. Rockers Blind Channel, however, are going big. They’re delivering a full rock experience, complete with dramatic red lighting. And yes, they are indeed putting their middle fingers up.
And finally, Ilta is found at a dramatically shaped grand piano atop a box with smoke swirling around. She’s wearing a white sparkling gown, looking elegant as she delivers her ballad.
What is your favourite rehearsal clip from UMK 2021?
We want to know what your favourite UMK 2021 rehearsal clip is. Watch the clips and vote for your favourite. As always, you can vote for as many acts as you like, but you can only vote once — so make it count!
The grand final of UMK 2021 screens this Saturday 20 February at 20:00 CET.