How do you say Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu in Spanish? It may come in handy, as Spanish private broadcaster TEN TV will air Finland’s national selection UMK in 2022. Spain, are you still living in la simulación?
It’s not the first time this channel has announced it will air national selections on open television. Earlier this year, they announced they will be screening Estonia’s national final Eesti Laul in 2022.
?COMUNICADO OFICIAL?@TENtv confirma un preacuerdo con la radiodifusión pública de Finlandia (Yle), para la retransmisión de la final del ‘Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu’ (UMK) 2022.#TENtvAporLasPRE #Muchoporver pic.twitter.com/kup4ykIVAb
— TEN TV (@TENtv) July 8, 2021
The channel started a Twitter campaign named #TenAPorLasPres (#TenGoesForTheNFs) back in February, when they secured a deal with Estonia’s ERR for Eesti Laul.
Now, Finland’s YLE joins the list, and the Spanish viewers will be able to watch the Finnish show on live TV. It is not known yet whether the show will get Spanish commentary as well, nor who will be providing it.
TEN TV is an entertainment channel owned by Grupo Secuoya which regularly airs series, documentaries and docu-realities. It is a relatively new channel as it began transmitting in April 2016.
Its relationship with Eurovision dates back to some months ago, when the channel’s Community Manager tried to secure the rights for Sweden’s Melodifestivalen.
The move created a lot of buzz across the Spanish fandom, but it sadly did not make the goal, as Swedish broadcaster SVT did not accept the request.
However, TEN TV managed to get the rights for Eesti Laul, and they are aiming to air as many Eurovision national selections as possible.
?¡ES OFICIAL!?@TENtv emitirá el Eesti Laul 2022.
— TEN TV (@TENtv) May 6, 2021
More about UMK 2022
Finnish broadcaster YLE 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.
Will you be following Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu on TEN? Which other shows do you want them to air? Should any broadcaster in your country follow their example? Let us know in the comment section below!