The seven acts who will participate in Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2022 are set to be revealed on Wednesday 12 January. Ahead of this, Finnish broadcaster Yle has been releasing a series of clues about each of the artists.

Yle seemingly likes to tease fans, as these descriptive hints follow the photo clues that the broadcaster posted in November last year.

Fans now have one day to piece all the clues together and give their best guess on who the UMK 2022 acts could be.

UMK 2022 artists: Descriptive clues

Participant 1

  • More than 10 million streams on Spotify
  • Nominated for the Emma Gala (Finnish equivalent of the Grammys)
  • “The beast is released”

Participant 2

  • Has a super popular party banger
  • Bold and effervescent
  • Featured on tracks by big artists

Participant 3

  • Toured all over Europe
  • Has multiple albums that have gone gold or platinum
  • A veteran

Participant 4

  • Make-out music
  • Has played on the street
  • Been on commercials

Participant 5

  • Over 10 million streams
  • Featured on a track from a big international star
  • Goosebumps

Participant 6

  • You know them
  • Gained popularity from reality shows
  • Published a biography

Participant 7

  • Ambiguous pop
  • Unmatched stage presence
  • From a musical family

UMK 2022 artist and song reveal

Over 300 songs were submitted for UMK 2022, but only seven were selected to compete in the national final. These seven artists will be revealed at a press conference on 12 January at 12:00 CET.

The seven competing songs will be presented one each day, beginning on 13 January.

UMK 2022 will take place on Saturday 26 February. The show will be held at the Logomo Arena in Turku.

What do you think? Can you identify any of the UMK 2022 acts based on these clues? Let us know in the comments below!

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Jon Ola
Jon Ola
4 months ago

1. Battle Beast
2. Isac Elliot
3. Tarja Turunen
4. YOUNGHEARTED
5. ALMA
6. Saara Aalto
7. Erika Vikman

Tomas
Tomas
4 months ago

No.1 could be Battle Beast

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago

The hints mean nothing to me, as I know nothing of the Finnish music scene. However, #5 sounds like Isac Elliot if we consider Tyga “a big international star.”
They should’ve dropped them last week or announced the names next week. I’d rather wait for tomorrow.

Last edited 4 months ago by ete sech
ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago
Reply to  ete sech

Ok, looking back at this, I sounded too rude. I actually can’t wait to see the names tomorrow, sorry xd

Last edited 4 months ago by ete sech
Alex
Alex
4 months ago

tired of hints, they better announce the artists already.

However, i’m very interested to hear the songs, there was a big interest after last year’s success so i expect big tunes and well known artists.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

They will be announced tomorrow. Hold your horses.

Fatima
Fatima
4 months ago

Is #3 Ressu Redford?

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago

These clues mean nothing to me. I’ll just wait and see who will be competing tomorrow

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
4 months ago

The Emma Gala one could be Nightwish, but that’s probably just wishful thinking.
But it is possible if you look at the hints:

  • Nightwish has quite a lot of songs with more than 10 millions streams.
  • They’ve won Emma Gala multiple times.
  • One of their songs is Beauty Of The Beast.
Last edited 4 months ago by GojoSatoru
Sisi
Sisi
4 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

They’re supposed have a huge tour going right in the middle of Eurovision season (God willing) but that would be incredible. Personally, I’m hoping the beast unleashed one is Battle Beast.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
4 months ago
Reply to  Sisi

Battle Beast also fits the hints, indeed. I’d prefer Nightwish, because Battle Beast gives me Teräsbetoni vibes.

Safiya
Safiya
4 months ago

I know nothing about Finnish music industry and I do not really know any artists, so I have no clue, but No. 1 made me think of Lordi. It would be such a surprise! It would be great to see them again with a good song.

Michaela
Michaela
4 months ago

Exciting! No idea who these are, but if we look at last year we’re getting some really great entries once again. Finland is one of the countries that brings every year something different and never same type of entries year to year.

tomatoman
tomatoman
4 months ago

I hope its not BESS, because theres already another famous finnish artist called BEHM, and she is betterer.

Andi
Andi
4 months ago
Reply to  tomatoman

betterer, alright 😀

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
4 months ago

Off topic: the running order of Eesti Laul semi finals are revealed. Semi-Final 1 – February 3 Alabama Watchdog – “Move On” Andrei Zevakin feat. Grete Paia – “Mis nüüd saab” (What now) Elina Nechayeva – “Remedy” ELYSA – “Fire” Helen – “Vaatu minu poole” (Look at me) Kaia-Liisa Kesler – “Vaikus” (Silence) Merilin Mälk – “Little Girl” Ott Lepland – “Aovalguses” (In the light) Stig Rästa – “Interstellar” Frants Tikerpuu and Triin Niitoja – “Laululind” (Songbird) Semi-Final 2 – February 5 Anna Sahlene – “Champion” Black Velvet – “Sandra” Boamadu – “Mitte kauaks” (Not for long) Evelin Samuel –… Read more »

Ronan
Ronan
4 months ago

The past two years UMK has been facelifted very well and I’m expecting quality, hopefully we’d get some new names with some more famous artists.

RichardEsc13
RichardEsc13
4 months ago

5 Samu Haber? Very famous here in Germany.?

pasi
pasi
4 months ago
Reply to  RichardEsc13

I don´t think so. Sunrise Avenue has MUCH more than “only” 10 Million Streams.

RichardEsc13
RichardEsc13
4 months ago
Reply to  pasi

Sunrise Avenue is on tour in April/May2022 in Germany.

tomatoman
tomatoman
4 months ago

Eläkeläiset, Lordi or a Sapmi artist might be the big surpise.

Rich
Rich
4 months ago

Could 6 be Sara Aalto?

pasi
pasi
4 months ago
Reply to  Rich

You know “THEM” sounds like a group, not as an solo artist. 🙂

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
4 months ago
Reply to  pasi

I think they just used a gender neutral noun so they wouldn’t reveal too much.

pasi
pasi
4 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

You think so? But other clues are with “has” for example “Has a super popular party banger”. Seems for me like a single person. But maybe you´re right. Don´t know. We will see tomorrow.

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

Finnish 3rd person singular is genderless, so maybe it was translated that way to keep the ambiguity

Rich
Rich
4 months ago
Reply to  pasi

Finnish doesn’t have gendered pronouns.

Aad
Aad
4 months ago
Reply to  pasi

The original Finnish clue says “sä tiedät tän” which would be “you know THIS”. Not them, not her, not him. So it could be a band or a solo artist.

Sami
Sami
4 months ago

As a Finn I have some guesses, but there’s not that much to go by. Number 1 is either a bait or Beast in Black If Erika Vikman is in, she’s probably number 2. Could be almost anyone tbh. Number 3 could be either Samu Haber or Tarja Turunen. I guess the Rasmus also fits the description. Depends on how “veteran” they are. Number 4 could be younghearted as was mentioned in another comment I don’t personally have any better guesses. Number 5 is Erika Sirola, or not.. Number 6 is probably quite obvious but I just cannot connect the… Read more »

Karis
Karis
4 months ago
Reply to  Sami

4 is Husky Rescue 100% I would say.

Miguel
Miguel
4 months ago

The first one has to be Beast in Black. They’re a Melodic Metal from Finland and they are nominated for this year’s EMMAS.

Azaad
Azaad
4 months ago
Reply to  Miguel

I’d love to have melodic/symphonic metal in the contest!

Yudhistira Mahasena
4 months ago

My guesses are…

  1. Antti Tuisku
  2. Erika Vikman
  3. Kimmo Pohjonen
  4. NIve
  5. Camila Cabello
  6. Samu Haber
  7. Robin Packalen

Please correct me if I may have been wrong.

Rich
Rich
4 months ago

Camila Cabello? Really?

tomatoman
tomatoman
4 months ago

Why so many dislikes? Camilla Cabello’s grandfather is Finnish and I think she said in an interview that her biggest dream is to represent Finland in Eurovision.

Ravencrow Neversmiles
Ravencrow Neversmiles
4 months ago
Reply to  tomatoman

Is this some inside joke that I don’t understand or did she really say that? But anyway her representing Finland isn’t that simple. In order to participate in the UMK at least one of the vocalists has to have finnish citizenship or a permanent residence in finland. And I’m gonna assume Camila has neither of those. So if she would actually be interested to participate it would have to be with someone else.

tomatoman
tomatoman
4 months ago

She will probably sing with Danny (UMK 2021) if the rumours are true.

Polegend Godgarina
4 months ago
Reply to  tomatoman

yeah, she made an instagram live the other day where she said she co-wrote her shawn mendes breakup song with “a silver daddy while sitting in a sauna” and i think they’ll end up dueting on it

Balint
Balint
4 months ago

Why would Camila Cabello participate for Finland? (Not even gonna ask why she would participate in Eurovision at all)

Ukraine stan
Ukraine stan
4 months ago

Camila Cabello would be really fun in eurovision, just hope she doesn’t win.

Humppa
Humppa
4 months ago

robin have kick in ferry at umk evenin and also Antti tuisku

Addie
Addie
4 months ago

Ooh, I hope that Robin Packalen will actually participate! Even Antti Tuisku, ever since I saw the opening act in UMK 2021, my wish was that he would participate. I hope he does!!

Miss Uncongeniality
Miss Uncongeniality
4 months ago

Camilo Cabello doesn’t have a finnish grandfather. The “Cabello” grandpa is cuban as her and the “Estrabao” grandpa (her mother’s dad) is mexican, both are totally and absolutely latin, as their surenames, not finnish

Aad
Aad
4 months ago

Antti Tuisku would be way too obvious for the first one. UMK never gives hints that obvious.

Ravencrow Neversmiles
Ravencrow Neversmiles
4 months ago

The only guess that I’m even a little confident on is The Rasmus for number 3. They have toured Europe, they have gold and platinum albums and have been in it since the 90’s. Also Joel from Blind Channel liked and commented on this particular clue. Joel, Niko and The Rasmus’ frontman Lauri made an acoustic cover of Dark side a while ago so it’s safe to assume they know each other. Also someone pointed out that the drummer of the band Aki had posted some teasers on his instagram the day UMK posted clue number 3. We’ll see how… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Ravencrow Neversmiles
Kuhkatz
Kuhkatz
4 months ago

I havent heard anything from The Rasmus in the last few years, but if they participate and bring a song like In The Shadows, that would be awesome! Or even a rock ballad like the Funeral Song would be great.

Ravencrow Neversmiles
Ravencrow Neversmiles
4 months ago

Hey I was right it was The Rasmus!

Tom
Tom
4 months ago

Robin Packalen?

Humppa
Humppa
4 months ago
Reply to  Tom

No, he have kick in cruise ship hel-tallinna in umk evening

Addie
Addie
4 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Sorry, no Robin!

finnished
finnished
4 months ago

4 could be younghearted, that would be amazing

Ukraine stan
Ukraine stan
4 months ago

I don’t know who they are, but it sounds like there’s some good artists