It’s been heralded as the strongest national selection so far in the Eurovision 2022 season. And now all seven songs in Finland’s Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu are officially out.
Now that you’ve had a few days to digest all of the rhythm and flow and fabulosity, it’s time to answer one very important question: Who should win Finland’s UMK 2022?
You can brush up on the entries below. Then scroll to the end of this post to vote!
Poll: Who should win Finland’s UMK 2022?
Cyan Kicks – “Hurricane”
“Hurricane” is a powerful song that praises those who pursue courage and self-realisation.
The track is a fusion of styles, with electronic verses and a rockier chorus. Cyan Kicks’s Susanna Alexandra notes this is what makes the band’s unique blend of modern rock: “We aren’t afraid to combine different elements to make our own, distinctive sound. One song might be completely electronic, while another will be seriously heavy, but, at the end of the day, it always sounds like Cyan Kicks.”
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.
The Rasmus – “Jezebel”
“Jezebel” is a song for strong, independent women, who blaze their own trail.
“Jezebel was a biblical troublemaker, who did things her own way and really shook things up. We wanted to introduce her to the modern-day world. The song is also a bit tongue-in-cheek, which is pretty unusual for The Rasmus”, says lead singer Lauri Ylönen.
Younghearted – “Sun numero”
“Sun numero” (“Your number”) is a song about remorse and regret following a break-up. The group look at the situation from the point of view of someone who regrets separating from their partner and wishes they could be back together. However, their ex-lover has already moved on and found someone else.
Younghearted are also exploring a new avenue of music with their UMK 2022 entry, as guitarist Emil Korkiakoski explains: “The song really shows the direction Younghearted is heading. Before, we had a more acoustic, smaller sound. Now, we’re going big right out of the gate.”
Olivera – “Thank God I’m An Atheist”
“Thank God I’m An Atheist” explores the topic of death and the possibility of eternal life. Olivera has been writing music since the age of 11 and this theme has been subconsciously developing since then. For that reason, the Finnish star considers “Thank God I’m An Atheist” to be one of the most important songs she’s written so far in her career.
Speaking of her UMK 2022 entry, Olivera notes: “Nobody knows what happens after we die. What if all the world’s biggest religions are actually right and life never ends? I can’t think of anything that causes more anxiety than the idea of eternal life.”
Tommi Läntinen – “Elämä kantaa mua”
“Elämä kantaa mua” (“Life carries me”) brings together old-school and next-gen rock.
The song talks about change, and specifically the courage needed to go through with that change. Läntinen states: “Sometimes you just have to close your eyes and make that leap, simply having faith that it will all work out. In many cases it does, when you just let go of the past and surrender to the future.”
Isaac Sene – “Kuuma jäbä”
“Kuuma jäbä” (“Hot dude”) aims to be simultaneously thought-provoking and entertaining. Isaac notes: “You might blush a bit listening to this song, but we don’t want to just shock people for the sake of shocking”.
Ultimately, the Finnish singer wants to help people escape from the workaday world with his music.