Photo: Yle / Nelli Kenttä

Following the grand reveal of the seven acts competing in Finland’s Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2022, it’s time to hear their songs one at a time. Second up is BESS, who has now released her entry “Ram pam pam”.

The song is written and composed by BESS herself, alongside Jonas Olsson and Tomi Saario.

BESS – “Ram pam pam”

The message of “Ram pam pam” is about how people need to be free and that we should be able to live our lives.

BESS combines electronic pop with house music and this danceable atmosphere comes through in her UMK 2022 entry.

But the party doesn’t stop with the song itself. We can also expect an entreating show from the Finnish star on 26 February, as she says: “I want to put on the world’s best show at the UMK”.

BESS released her debut album in 2019 and it has already racked up 20 million streams. The single “Tempo” even went platinum. She’s also collaborated with other notable Finnish artists, including Nopsajalka, Mikael Gabriel and Raappana.

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UMK 2022 song release schedule

The UMK 2022 songs are being revealed one every weekday starting from 13 January. They’re set to be released at 00:00 EET on the dates listed below:

  • Cyan Kicks – “Hurricane” (13 January)
  • BESS – “Ram pam pam” (14 January)
  • The Rasmus – “Jezebel” (17 January)
  • Younghearted – “Sun numero” (18 January)
  • Olivera – “Thank God I’m An Atheist” (19 January)
  • Tommi Läntinen – “Elämä kantaa mua” (20 January)
  • Isaac Sene – “Kuuma jäbä” (21 January)

UMK 2022 will take place on Saturday 26 February, starting at 20:00 CET / 21:00 EET.

The show will be held at the Logomo Arena in Turku, where the seven acts will perform their songs live for viewers at home and the jury.

What do you make of “Ram pam pam”? Do you think BESS could go on to win UMK 2022? Sound off in the comments below!

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Etienne
Etienne
22 hours ago

I really really like this one… it is catchy!!!!

Dana
Dana
1 day ago

Really nice entry, waiting to hear the rest next week!

Sami
Sami
1 day ago

#1 on Youtube trending in Finland

esc_fl
esc_fl
1 day ago

I LOVE this

Thanos
Thanos
1 day ago

Wow this is pretty good and hella catchy! Both songs up to now are very good I can’t even imagine what else Finland has in store for us.

Meckie
Meckie
1 day ago

She stole the idea or got the inspiration for the song title by mega hit from Romania, Rampampam by Minelli.

Ern
Ern
1 day ago
Reply to  Meckie

The songs don’t sound alike at all, and if you wan’t to think that every song in the world that shares a title or it’s title sounds similar to another song’s title is plagiarized, then it will be very difficult for you to find a song that isn’t “plagiarized”. Just last year we had two songs called Amen in Eurovision and I don’t think that Vincent and Ana exactly stole each other’s ideas.

sam
sam
1 day ago
Reply to  Meckie

“rampampam” isnt exactly the most original phrase for pop songs. i can think of several national final songs over the years that had it in them

Jamie
Jamie
2 days ago

2006 vibes

AndersP
AndersP
2 days ago

I love this. Shaping up to be an impressive (and competitive) final. Can’t wait to see the other videos.

Yaib
Yaib
2 days ago

Oh wow, this is actually really good! I like it a lot, this is the best national selection this year for what it seems!

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
2 days ago

Great songs so far, I am looking forward to hear the other 5

Mr X
Mr X
2 days ago

I like the finnish language and this one reminds me a litte bit of Ciccolina.

I´m really looking forward for another great preselection in Finland.

Last edited 2 days ago by Mr X
Whisker
Whisker
2 days ago

It’s a super cool song! I love it love it love it! Very good message! And I LOVE the way her vocal progresses from kinda shy to confident, and singing with different tones according to the wording of the lyrics. I can’t wait to watch it live. Also, I love it that it has a sing-a-long quality about it. That said, I can’t help hearing “you’re out of my bed” once or twice in the chorus which is also kinda implied in the lyrics’ message. LOL!

Maria
Maria
2 days ago

This is so good. With the right staging this would slay in Turin

West
West
2 days ago

It’s catchy and I like the pre-chorus. By the end it gets a bit repetitive, but still a solid entry and it sticks in my head more than yesterday’s entry.

Leo M
Leo M
2 days ago

Another strong song. Very current and love that it’s in Finnish. However Cyan Kicks still had the edge for me

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
2 days ago

i didn’t read the article and just skipped to the video so, the finnish was a very pleasant surprise

Ukraine stan
Ukraine stan
2 days ago

Can’t this just win already? It’s the kind of bop I feel Eurovision has been missing recently. Very early 2010’s

Jessica Folcker
Jessica Folcker
2 days ago

I just listened to it a few times in a row and I had an idea. Fewer synths and a bit of an electric guitar instead and it would be perfect. Like a love child of Hall Om Mig and Hold It Against Me by Britney.

ffgbndn
ffgbndn
2 days ago

ok the quality of umk somehow reached higher levels i love this ! but i dont really understand the music video ( and yes thats an important factor for me)

Jacob S
Jacob S
2 days ago

STOPPPP SUCH A BOP BYE- FINLAND WINNING THIS YEAR IDC

JetTown
JetTown
2 days ago

Amazing entry. Hope this wins

fan
fan
2 days ago

just horrid and tuneless. Nothing more to say really…..

boozyfloozy99
boozyfloozy99
2 days ago
Reply to  fan

Bye THEN!

ete sech
ete sech
1 day ago
Reply to  fan

Take it easy fam, I asked ’em…

ete sech
ete sech
2 days ago

Ok, I remember saying yesterday that I didn’t expect anyone to be better than Cyan Kicks, but I have to retract.
I’ll admit this has also something to do with my personal taste, but jeez! I didn’t know Bess, but I’m loving this song and the fact that it’s in Finnish gives it a plus 😀

Ellie
Ellie
2 days ago

I’m not as enthusiastic about this as some of you. I found it repetitive and felt longer than 3 minutes. The chorus does remind me of Skibidi by Little Big a bit, in a good way. That part is quite catchy. I also like her vocal tone. Perhaps I’ll enjoy it more live.

Nils
Nils
2 days ago

The chorus is too weak. It almost feels like it has no melody and that ‘ram pam pam’ isn’t addictive enough to make up for that.

Duh
Duh
2 days ago

Catchy and good, also the music video looks good! Since it’s sung in Finnish 4 out of 7 songs are in Finnish and 3 in English.

Polegend Godgarina
2 days ago

such an addictive song !

aichan
aichan
2 days ago

Its great and i like that its in finnish but I still think that Cyan Kicks with Hurricane has much more potential than this one.

Ffs
Ffs
2 days ago

I love it !

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 days ago

Should I expect any less from UMK at this point? Damn, they better not be planning on giving me seven great songs or I’ll just lose it.
Initial thought is that I like this more than Cyan Kicks….but the difference isn’t huge. As Sabrina says, the difference is more down to what’s more to my taste than one song being much better than the other.

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 days ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Exactly. I think it was BadWoolfGirl that commented in the post for the 1st song that Finland is using the fact it has few entries to do a good quality control. It was what happened last year, all entries had a respectable level and I wouldn’t be mad about 5 or 6 of those 7 getting to Rotterdam. I imagine the same can happen this year.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 days ago
Reply to  Sabrina

It’s like the anti-Romanian approach. :3

Joe
Joe
2 days ago

Looking like another great year of UMK already!

Alo
Alo
2 days ago

Omg that’s so addictive! I hope the performance will be good

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 days ago

Solid pop song. It gets a little repetitive towards the end, but I love the fact it’s in Finnish. I still prefer Cyan Kicks though, it’s more up my alley.

Jezinky
Jezinky
2 days ago

The finnish language in this is what really makes it strong and catchy. Soooo much better than Cyan kicks

Max
Max
2 days ago

Already iconic. Can’t wait for the live performance.

Zisk
Zisk
2 days ago

This would easily be my #1 for the year so far if it won. I think the final chorus needs just a little more oomph but I’d bet this could be staged really well too.

Cheerio
Cheerio
2 days ago

I have a feeling that something really great is still yet to come ?

Ravencrow Neversmiles
Ravencrow Neversmiles
2 days ago

I like it! The energy and attitude really sells it. My only complaint is the ra pa pa – thing in the chorus. The song flows so nicely and that part kind of breaks it. But other than that it’s great! Cyan kicks remains as my number 1 though.

ete sech
ete sech
2 days ago

Bruh, the song’s called Ra pam pam, what did you expect? ._.

Last edited 2 days ago by ete sech
Ravencrow Neversmiles
Ravencrow Neversmiles
2 days ago
Reply to  ete sech

Of course I expected it to be there but I just don’t like that part. I don’t get why people are disliking my comment so much. I like the song. Just not that one part in the chorus but you’re acting like it’s the end of the world.

Nils
Nils
1 day ago

Some people simply can’t accept differing opinions. Judging by the way the few critical comments were downvoted, I tend to believe that BESS pulls in an unusually young audience. To put it mildly.

ete sech
ete sech
19 hours ago

I actually upvoted your comment, it was really sensible but tbf your complaint about the chorus was a bit senseless. I didn’t mean to bash you or anything 🙂

Rafs
Rafs
2 days ago

Way better than the pretentious Cyan Kicks!

Roro31
2 days ago

It’s so good but i prefer Cyan Kicks (because I love rock, metal, electro pop rock ^^) … I hope for a good live for Bess and Cyan Kicks !! UMK is very STRONG this year OMG !!

Ricky
Ricky
2 days ago

THIS IS AMAZING!!! Such a banger, its so catchy, and the singer is SOO ICONIC, like her energy is just soo fierce! Finland is CRUSHING IT this year!

#synthsareawesome
#synthsareawesome
2 days ago

I quite like it. It’s very danceable and the lyrics are fine. If the staging is right and her vocals are fine, it might win.

zheng
zheng
2 days ago

Much better then Hurricane!! Actually i can’t stop listen!!

Nathan
Nathan
2 days ago

What I like about this is that it makes me want to listen to more music in Finnish. It’s a naturally rhythmic language so it works soooo well with this kind of song! Loved it 🙂

Last edited 2 days ago by Nathan
finnished
finnished
2 days ago

Love this! “Let me go take stamps on my passport, cause my heart doesn’t dance to your rhythm” is a great line. I’m so happy with the work Yle is doing. Gone are the days of horrendous editions like 2017 and 2019.

Alex
Alex
2 days ago

Such a tune.
The whole song
Maybe it’s the Finnish language that really does it for me
I just really enjoyed it and wanted to listen to it again. which is not usual.

Last edited 2 days ago by Alex
Jessica Folcker
Jessica Folcker
2 days ago

This is shaping up to be the strongest NF this season.