Finland’s Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2021 takes place on Saturday, with the country set to select their act for Eurovision 2021. Seven acts will be taking to the stage, including defending champion Aksel Kankaanraanta and two-time Estonian Eurovision representative Laura Põldvere. The other acts competing for the trophy are OSKR, Teflon Brothers & Pandora, Danny, Blind Channel and Ilta.
Ahead of the show, we asked our readers to vote for their favourites. And the results are in!
Blind Channel are your favourites to win UMK 2021
We counted a total of 3,577 votes in our poll. Blind Channel emerged as the clear winners with their song “Dark Side”. The band amassed 1,243 votes – that’s 34.75% of all the votes cast.
Blind Channel have been around since 2013, but the current formation welcomed its latest member in autumn. Their line-up for UMK consists of Joel Hokka, Niko Vilhelm, Joonas Porko, Olli Matela, Tommi Lalli and Aleksi Kaunisvesi.
The group have performed at some of the world’s most famous heavy metal festivals, including Germany’s Wacken Open Air. They received an EMMA (Finland’s answer to the Grammys) nomination in 2018 for ‘Rock Album of the Year’.
Coming in second are the Teflon Brothers and Pandora. Their “I love you” won over 25.52% of our readers, and received 912 votes.
Rounding out the top three is last year’s UMK winner Aksel, whose ballad “Hurt” moved 450 readers (12.58%).
Aksel is closely followed by Ilta, who gathered 433 votes (12.11%) and finished in fourth place with “Kelle mä soitan”.
Eurovision alum Laura didn’t quite impress our readers, as she only managed to come sixth with 4.47% of the votes.
Poll results: Who should win Finland’s UMK 2021?
- Blind Channel – “Dark side” – 34.75% (1,243 votes)
- Teflon Brothers & Pandora – “I love you” – 25.52% (913 votes)
- Aksel – “Hurt” – 12.58% (450 votes)
- Ilta – “Kelle mä soitan” – 12.11% (433 votes)
- Oskr – “Lie”- 7.94% (284 votes)
- Laura – “Play” – 4.47% (160 votes)
- Danny – “Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua” – 2.63% (94 votes)
Total Votes: 3,577
Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2021 takes place on Saturday 20 February at 20.00 CET.
Do you agree with our poll results? Are Blind Channel the best option? How did your favourite do in our poll? Tell us in the comment section below!