The search to find a successor to Blind Channel has officially begun.
Finland’s national broadcaster Yle has opened submissions for Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2022 to find the country’s next Eurovision star.
The submission period is open from Wednesday 1 September to Monday 6 September.
Yle opens submissions for UMK 2022
Finland’s largest music show returns with a unique opportunity for artists around the world.
Upon submission, applicants and their songs will be presented to a panel of music industry experts and professionals led by Tapio Hakanen, head of music at YleX.
Then, the songs will be whittled down to a handful of finalists who will each perform their song live at UMK 2022, with one act ultimately winning the Finnish ticket to Italy.
“UMK21 was a tremendous success for the artists who took part. Blind Channel made Finland’s biggest hit song of 2021 and Ilta, Teflon Brothers and Pandora all had some of the biggest hits of their careers.
The finale broadcast was viewed by 1.9 million people, and its media visibility, radio play and streaming success were unprecedented.
The standard of the songs and performances was exceptionally high. We hope that this will encourage as many artists as possible to take part in UMK.
We can promise that the experience is unforgettable and will advance every artist’s career.”
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The seven UMK21 finalist songs, including those from Aksel, Oskr and Eurovision fifth alternates Blind Channel have been streamed on Spotify over 47 million times. Elsewhere, UMK’s YouTube videos have been viewed more than 13 million times in 2021.
UMK rules state 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.
The UMK 2022 application form is available in Finnish, Swedish and English here.
All applicants will be contacted at latest by the end of October.
Blind Channel to kick off UMK 2022 countdown
The countdown to the next edition of UMK will kick off in the company of last year’s winner.
Blind Channel will feature in two special programmes, broadcast by Yle on Friday 3 September.
The “Dark Side” hitmakers will be the subjects of Yle’s documentary Blind Channel: Forward which follows the band during and post-Eurovision.
Meanwhile, Yle Live: Blind Channel will treat fans to a recording of the band’s August concert at Helsinki’s Allas Sea Pool.
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