National final season is upon us and Finnish broadcaster Yle is starting to get into the spirit of things. The broadcaster has dropped seven photos that give clues as to the competing acts of UMK 2022.

Yle has started hype for UMK 2022 by publishing a series of photos on its Instagram account. The photos start with a photo of a dog named Max — who doesn’t appear to be one of the competing acts!

The photo caption reads, “UMK’s social media team has received even more secretive material from UMK for the coming period. Now you have to put on a tinfoil hat and speculate: what do you think these pictures reveal?”

 
 
 
 
 
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But then things get interesting, with seven photos which fans are speculating represent the seven competing acts in UMK 2022.

The first photo shows two large rocks, with a spotlight artistically shining on one. Next is the legs of someone wearing black trousers and black shoes, but standing on a blue floor with white parallel lines. The next photo shows the shoulder of a performer. They’re wearing a dark jacket bedazzled with crystals.

Next is the corner of a vintage white vehicle. It might be a van and it’s looking a little rough around the edges. Then we can see half an upright piano in an elegant setting. Sitting atop the piano is a sculpted head and decorative light.

Then things get exciting. The next photo shows a person wearing white embellished trousers and they’re holding the classic Flying V guitar, for maximum rock effect.

The final shot appears to be a screen showing a television test screen, with a series of numbers and colours.

But what does it all mean?

Finland returns to national final UMK for 2022

In September, Yle opened the entry period for its national final Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK). The broadcaster has now whittled down the entries to seven competing acts.

While Yle has not yet given a date when it will reveal the competing acts, the broadcaster previously said it would announce the acts sometime in January 2022.

What do you think? What do the clues point to? Who would you like to see competing in UMK 2022? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Luri
Luri
12 days ago

Is it just me or is Finland working hard? I love this

Rashad
Rashad
13 days ago

Finland lacks that success other nordic countries seem to get without a doubt, Sweden of course being the overrated nordic country will get mad if Finland gets another well placing act next year. Let’s pray for that and let that basic pop from Sweden to stay in their semifinal!

Roodi
Roodi
12 days ago
Reply to  Rashad

then Azerb*ijan needs to stop with buying basic Swedish pop

Rashad
Rashad
12 days ago
Reply to  Roodi

Very true, Efendi showed that Swedes are not needed for a spot in the final!

Luc
Luc
11 days ago
Reply to  Rashad

Unfortunately she still outsourced her entry xd

tomatoman
tomatoman
13 days ago
  1. Stig
  2. Sandhja
  3. Mikael Saari

Flo Rida is another possibility, but I dont know which photo is his.

Last edited 13 days ago by tomatoman
Colin
Colin
13 days ago

No idea on UMK, but if they keep their recent track record, this will be a show to watch. 🙂

On an unrelated note, both Juri Pootsmann and Elina Born have recently released new songs under 3 minutes. While usually EL releases their songs simultaneously, they usually don’t have quarter-finals either, so I have no idea whether this indicates their potential involvent or not. Would be very cool, though, as both songs are good.

Erasmus
Erasmus
13 days ago
Reply to  Colin

Elina Born already denied her participation!:)

Colin
Colin
13 days ago
Reply to  Erasmus

Too bad, as Elina is fantastic, and her new song is cool too. Perhaps another year…

Luc
Luc
14 days ago

I didn’t think I’d get very excited with very little! Kudos to YLE for stepping up their game, I’m sure next year’s will be a third cool UMK in a row!

Sabrina
Sabrina
14 days ago

As Erasmus already pointed, the rocks also reminded me about Aksel’s staging this year. Would he try it for the third year in a row?

In any case, all things considered, UMK was for sure one of the most successful national finals in 2021. Not just Blind Channel got a great result and charted well, but also all the other participating acts left a good impression. And the show as a whole was very well produced. Well, done, YLE! Please keep the translated version for us international fans.

Luc
Luc
4 days ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Indeed! UMK 2021 became the best edition of the contest, most of the acts ended up making it to the local charts, with 3-4 of them making it to the top 10

Andreas Has Opinions
Andreas Has Opinions
14 days ago

Are those tires summer tires (kesärenkaat)? that would be my Robin Packalen guess…

Finnishguy
Finnishguy
13 days ago

Well kesärenkaat mean something else… cond*m

Rhys Stevenson
14 days ago

Well the guitar looks like a Gibson model, it’s 6-string so I think it points to a metal band.

Luri
Luri
12 days ago
Reply to  Rhys Stevenson

omg so exciting

Ravencrow Neversmiles
Ravencrow Neversmiles
14 days ago

The jacket on the 4th picture looks just like something Antti Tuisku could wear. Could he finally be taking part in the competition or is he hosting again? I can’t wait!

pammy
pammy
14 days ago

the jacket is erika vikmann’s boyfriend, the piano is Aksel, the shoes are the italian guy who have won the voice of finland, the moon’stone is sara altoo, the guitar is a very old band, the a1 a2 a3 b1 are the singer form the band who have sing my little word is my profession

Yudhistira Mahasena
14 days ago
Reply to  pammy

Club La Perse?

pammy
pammy
14 days ago

yES RIGHT

pammy
pammy
14 days ago

one is the italian guy who have won the voice finland

pammy
pammy
14 days ago

rock again

Alex
Alex
14 days ago

i think we will see more rock acts but i hope Finland sends something different next year.

Luc
Luc
4 days ago
Reply to  Alex

Apart of the V-guitar one, no one looks like doing rock

esc_fl
esc_fl
14 days ago

What do you mean the dog should totally compete lol

Deven O’Kearney
Deven O’Kearney
14 days ago

I am so excited for this. The pictures don’t give away much but they do look promising. I hope the songs are as promising as the photos because I want to see Finland do even better than they did in 2021 and maybe even go all the way and win in 2022.

Last edited 14 days ago by Deven O’Kearney
zheng
zheng
15 days ago

I hope so for Robin Packalen. Also i would like to see Mikael Saari

wong
wong
14 days ago
Reply to  zheng

ni hao, are you a fan of robin too?

Last edited 14 days ago by wong
Luc
Luc
4 days ago
Reply to  wong

Jeez! Is he famous in China or something?

Una
Una
15 days ago

Yle <3 I am so grateful for this broadcaster!! Kudos, Yle!! It shows that it does not take much to effect interest in Finland’s 2022 Eurovision and make fans happy 🙂

I remember Aksel had a dog in some jams/home concerts from 2020 but I couldn’t say the one in the picture is the same one. I cannot get enough of Aksel’s sweet voice and kind demeanour therefore I would be happy if he participated in UMK again!!

Finland <3, Yle <3, UMK2022 <3, Aksel <3, pets <3

Ravencrow Neversmiles
Ravencrow Neversmiles
14 days ago
Reply to  Una

Totally agree with you on the first statement!
But that’s not Aksel’s dog because he has a Saluki called Topi. I think the dog belongs to the person who works with the lighting since they called him Max the lighting dog. He’s very cute though.

Una
Una
14 days ago

🙂 Thanks!! Then I wonder who or what Max and lightning are meant to depict. Max looks very cute indeed, and very dependable for a cuddle or a laugh. And those eye?? Awwwww!! I am hoping to see more of him at least in the run-up to UMK 2022!!

Finnishguy
Finnishguy
13 days ago

Its max sunshine dog

Bombalurina
Bombalurina
15 days ago

After Blind Channel’s big success (best result since their victory) I think many other rock bands submitted for UMK22. And some of them must be accepted for national final.
Does anybody have an idea , which rock bands from Finland that have similar style to Blind Channel ?

Last edited 15 days ago by Bombalurina
Ukraine stan
Ukraine stan
15 days ago
Reply to  Bombalurina

Rock in general is very big in finland, they’re the nation with the most rock bands per capita in Europe. So I think there’s many, many Finnish bands similar to blind channel

Dennis
14 days ago
Reply to  Bombalurina

I’d say the closest match is a relatively small band called Awake Again! Really hope they partake in UMK sometime.

Martin Palmer
15 days ago

There’s a rock…
Rocks are hard…
Hallelujah, I got that right!

Obviously Lordi, isn’t it? 😉 ?

Whisker
Whisker
15 days ago

This is so cool.

Balint
Balint
15 days ago

It might just be me, but the second picture reminds me of the platform used in the performance of Look Away from 2019.

Erasmus
Erasmus
15 days ago
Reply to  Balint

it looks more like Aksel’s prop from last year.

pammy
pammy
14 days ago
Reply to  Erasmus

Yes >Aksel again

Erasmus
Erasmus
15 days ago

My wishlist: Robin Packalen, Aksel, Behm, Mikeal Gabriel, Mikael Saari, Isac Eliot, Haloo Helsinki and Ilta. If one of them is one of the acts I’ll be very happy!

Erasmus
Erasmus
15 days ago
Reply to  Erasmus

or even Oskr from last year! He had a very good song!

Yudhistira Mahasena
15 days ago

Oh my God… shall I guess?
My guesses are in no particular order.

  1. Antti Tuisku
  2. Blind Channel (again)
  3. Camila Cabello
  4. Katri Helena
  5. NIve
  6. Redrama
  7. Robin Packalen
Joe
Joe
14 days ago

Camila Cabello? Really?

Roodi
Roodi
14 days ago
Reply to  Joe

you really think he meant that comment serieus really?

Luc
Luc
14 days ago
Reply to  Roodi

I don’t think he was serious, but why would he metion her, though? She’s got no connection to Finland whatsoever

tomatoman
tomatoman
13 days ago
Reply to  Joe

Come back in January, im pretty sure that Camila Cabello actually will compete in UMK this year. She has talked about it before.

Erik
Erik
15 days ago

Creative. But I have no guess. Last photo seems to have something with paper or paper cut to do.

Alonso
Alonso
15 days ago

No clue. But I would say Robin Packalen anyway.

Erasmus
Erasmus
15 days ago
Reply to  Alonso

let’s hope so!