Earlier this year, Blind Channel swept to victory in Finland’s national final UMK. Now Finnish broadcaster Yle is looking for Finland‘s next Eurovision star. The broadcaster has confirmed UMK will return in 2022 and has revealed song submission details.
Yle confirmed that the song submission period for Yle 2022 will take place from 1 to 6 September. That gives interested artists and songwriters three months to get an entry ready to submit.
After UMK 2021 was held without a live audience, UMK producer Anssi Autio says that it is intended for the 2022 addition to return to having a live audience, if possible.
The broadcaster has also released the song submission rules for UMK 2022. It notes that while songwriters are able to enter multiple songs, lead singers can only enter up to three songs — and only one will be eligible for selection.
Being Finland’s national final, the rules also require that at least one performer and one songwriter is a Finnish citizen or permanent resident.
Will Blind Channel inspire more rock acts to enter UMK?
Finland is still recovering from Blind Channel’s bombastic performance in Rotterdam. The “violent pop” group was a hit with their song “Dark Side”.
It placed sixth overall, giving Finland its second-best Eurovision result ever — and the last top-ten finish for Finland since Lordi’s 2006 win.
“Dark Side” was also a hit with viewers — the song placed fourth in the televote. It is currently sitting at No.5 in Spotify’s Viral 50 – Global chart and has appeared in the Viral 50 charts of many European countries.
UMK has never been short of rock acts, with alternative rock group Softengine and punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät making it to Eurovision in recent years. However, with Blind Channel’s Eurovision popularity, it may inspire more Finnish bands to throw their hat in the ring next year.
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