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.

UMK 2022: Vote for your winner

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morten
morten
3 months ago

The rasmus is by far the best allround song of them, and it will do well posible top 5 in the main stage. People who say they dont live up to their hype must have lost their ears.

Izzy Lamb
3 months ago

Torn between The Rasmus and Isaac Sene!

Ned
Ned
3 months ago

Olivera!!!

Emily
Emily
3 months ago

Isaac by a mile – I’m OBSESSED!

The Rasmus and Cyan Kicks were okay, but I’d love to see something different from Finland.

Martin
4 months ago

Only Cyan

Epicurean
Epicurean
4 months ago

Olivera is by far the most original. Finns would be wise to send her.

begi
begi
4 months ago
Reply to  Epicurean

It is most generic lol

Amelia
Amelia
4 months ago

All of them sound Final material at Eurovision, but it’s all up to the live performances as of now since nothing is bad so not a single song stands out as one. Finland could’ve send all of these year after year, that’s how good they are!

RxLou
RxLou
4 months ago

Honestly, anyone but Cyan Kicks. Im still trying to understand what is the fuss about this band and especially about that song. It’s one of the worst written and lyrically the poorest song I heard this season. The production of that song is a wholesome mess too. Like some people find The Rasmus underwhelming or weak, yet they are praising “Hurricane”. Idk if they are either deaf or just dont want to accept another songs. The other 6 songs are way better (yes, even Tommi) and deserves to win even more. But after all, the winner will be the one… Read more »

ete sech
ete sech
3 months ago
Reply to  RxLou

They’re managed by the same guys who manage Blind Channel and those guys actually tried to get Cyan Kicks first into UMK. I think that’s were all the fuss comes from.

Mr X
Mr X
4 months ago

BESS or Isaac Sene

lena
lena
4 months ago

the rasmus

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
4 months ago

The Rasmus are so underwhelming with this song. It hurts me to say this because theyre capable of better. They just clearly have a bigger fanbase hence their overwhelming result here.

Personally I’m not feeling UMK as much this year but I’d have to go for Oliviera or Bess if I had to choose.

lasse braun
lasse braun
4 months ago

oliveras piece of pop art would be a huge co-favorite in turin but it seems the finns don’t know that.
so i have voted for her.

🙂

Last edited 4 months ago by lasse braun
Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
4 months ago

I must say that I like Isaac best, I hope he can deliver live.

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago

Everyone (perhaps except for The Rasmus or Tommi) deserves to win, but I personally chose Isaac and Bess. I think they’d be the ones that’d bring Finland a similar – or an even better, result as the one BC brought.

Tmmmm
Tmmmm
4 months ago

Bess is another Cicciolina :*

Tmmmm
Tmmmm
4 months ago

Everyone apart from Tommi and Isaac – sorry 🙂

esc_fl
esc_fl
4 months ago

My vote definitely went to Bess and Cyan Kicks! UMK’s quality is super though, any song could win!

Por no estat
Por no estat
4 months ago

I dont understand people seem to like this UMK edition. All crapy songs to me, with the rasmus sucking the least, tho still very underwhelming

Bandido
Bandido
4 months ago
Reply to  Por no estat

Always someone complaining! Yes, they aren’t MGP or MF, where almost every songs are commented as ‘masterpiece’..meh! Maybe You can stick with them? xD

Amelia
Amelia
4 months ago
Reply to  Por no estat

None of these are “crappy”, many ESC fans just want that next over-the-top “banger” or so called “bop”. Euroqueens is a mean word, but this type of attitude makes the word stay with us.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 months ago

I voted for all of them. Seriously. They all deserve to win this final. Well done UMK, a great year. Enjoy the final.

Philou
Philou
4 months ago

I voted for Bess & Isaac Sene

Lukman
Lukman
4 months ago

They’re all very meh, I heard Azerbaijan has something good coming up btw!

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago
Reply to  Lukman

A plastic Dutch or Swedish Melfest reject-like manufactured track can’t be something good. Azerbaijan only advances to the final because of their shady ways and because EBU backs them up.
Ictimai TV execs, if you’re watching this, let me tell you that paying for such tracks and bots won’t make you win again. This is not the way. Invest in better crafted entries and send stuff that’s heard and trendy your country instead, please!

Last edited 4 months ago by ete sech
Guest2022
Guest2022
4 months ago

Ofc The Rasmus. Well known artists know very well how to make a perfect performance on stage. And Eurovision needs big names among all these talent shows singers.

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago
Reply to  Guest2022

I mean, they’re iconic, but their song doesn’t live up to that status

Bandido
Bandido
4 months ago
Reply to  ete sech

The song IS at their status level, but it’s from 2000 and in ESC have to serve something new to make impact at least to win.

RxLou
RxLou
4 months ago
Reply to  ete sech

That song is better than their whole last album.
People are comparing them to the wrong songs in wrong time.
Yes, “In the Shadows” or “Livin’ in a World Without You” are their best hits, songs that even the youngest of Gen Z knows, but it was 18 years ago.
And these two songs aren’t their only ones. They’ve been on the scene for nearly 30 years.

Alo
Alo
4 months ago

Bess or Isaac for me!

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
4 months ago

I’d be happy with basically any song, but I voted for Bess and Olivera 🙂

Safiya
Safiya
4 months ago

Hands down Isaac Sene.

Bandido
Bandido
4 months ago
Reply to  Safiya

Most difficult one to bring the same quality level to the stage, a bit worried. 🙁

Héctor
Héctor
4 months ago

Such a good selection. BeFest, ESCZ and UMK are the best NF so far. In this case I have a clear favourite: Isaac Sene. This entry has everything to top in Eurovision. Magnetic song, charismatic performer, provocative but not too much, some rocky vibes… I’m loving it. If it was in English people may appreciate it a little bit more. Btw, Finnish sounds so good in this one. My only concern comes from the vocal performance I’m yet to know if Isaac can sing live or if he’ll be able to keep the energy. Also there seems to be some… Read more »

tomato
tomato
4 months ago

A bit overrated selection, none of these songs are as strong as Cicciolina/Blind Channel or “I love you” from recent years. opinion about lyrics: 1. Hurricane has very generic lyrics, like “We will never shu*t up…give up” 2.Bess is okay, the lyrics are strange in finnish, smth like “do stamps in the pass”. 3.The Rasmus sing “a girl that looks like shes a boy”, (im not offended but maybe someone) 4.the problem is the end of the chorus with the words “sun numero”. The song calms down there, which is bad. 5.Olivera:Why atheism?. Maybe they made this only for the… Read more »

Bandido
Bandido
4 months ago
Reply to  tomato

‘I love you’ was embarrassing at least live.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

As last year, all of the songs are good. Objectively, I see can see all of them performing well on ESC. It was hard ranking them, but as of now, this is my top 6*: Bess – I think this is just as cool as Cicciolina, perhaps even more up my alley. It’s catchy, memorable, she sells it well, and the story behind it is well constructed. I can see this appealing to different audiences. It’s my pick! Younghearted – Such a low-key song, but it’s incredibly well composed, and builds-up so much until the fantastic last chorus. The lyrics… Read more »

duxx
duxx
4 months ago

BESS or Isaac

Andi
Andi
4 months ago

Bess is best 🙂

Jake Dallas
Jake Dallas
4 months ago

Literally voted for 5 of the songs. Onnitetlen Suomi.

Mr X
Mr X
4 months ago

So far the best preselections. Finland and Portugal

The worst ones are in Ireland und Malta.

Last night Lithuania catched up thanks to Monika and Ruta.

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

Talking about Lithuania, either Monika or Ruta would be worthy successors for The Roop 😀

Mr X
Mr X
4 months ago
Reply to  ete sech

Absolutely !

Mr X
Mr X
4 months ago

Younghearted 9/10 (but they don´t have any chance)
BESS 8/10
Isaac Sene 7,5/10
Cyan Kicks 7/10
Tommi 6,5/10
The Rasmus 6/10
Olivera 5/10

rafaelinux
rafaelinux
4 months ago
Reply to  Mr X

Funny how you rank Younghearted at the top while it went straight to the bottom for me. It screams “generic Radio Disney song” to me, with the weakest chorus, and a constant lack of energy. Even the video shows her in a coma on a sofa.

Ieva
Ieva
4 months ago

It’s very close between Bess, Isaac and Olivera for me but Bess gets my vote. Finnish language for the win!

Ulla
Ulla
4 months ago

It will all be down to the live final. Måneskin did not only have a super song but a superior singer and truckloads of charisma and sex appeal. Kuuma Jäbä may surprise if the staging is right and Bess shine if singing is strong. Takes a strong voice this year.

Apollo
Apollo
4 months ago

Isaac Sene!

We’ve never had this funky alternative rock at Eurovision before and I know the crowd in Turin will go crazy over it. Isaac reminds me of a Finnish Lil Nas X or Troye Sivan, so as you can imagine, his staging/costume possibilities are endless.

Finland, PLEASE send this bisexual bop to Turin!

Yush
Yush
4 months ago

Bess’s song is the best produced song in this contest. I’m rooting for Bess

Addie
Addie
4 months ago

UMK is awesome this year! None of the songs are actually bad. My top 7 is:
1. Bess
2. Olivera
3. Issac Sene
4. Cyan Kicks
5. Younghearted
6. The Rasmus
7. Tommi Lantinen.
But the 75% televoting seems weird. Anyway, all the best to all of the participants!

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago

I enjoy every single entry in the selection and I will fully support the winner, but my no 1 is “Jezebel”. “Jezebel” it’s a hot song and The Rasmus are hotter than lava. No other performers could match their energy and stage show in Torino. There would be millions of happy fans around the world watching, it’s really overwhelming to think about it. Finland would offer this great gift to all of them. Only Finland can make this happen.

Lorena
Lorena
4 months ago

First, I’d like to congrat Finland for this selection. There is no song I don’t like and I think it’s the best Nordic national selection so far (and one of the best ones in general). I am between Bess and The Rasmus as my favourite entries.

Kosey
Kosey
4 months ago

Finland has done a good job this year, whilst there is nothing that I absolutely love, there is nothing that I absolutely hate either and all entries have their appeal. Therefore, if getting the best possible result is important to Finland, I would choose The Rasmus as their stronger fan base across Europe will increase their votes.

AndersP
AndersP
4 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

I’m not sure that’s necessarily true. I hadn’t heard of The Rasmus for nearly 20 years and I think there are better songs to opt for.

Polegend Godgarina
4 months ago

bess absolutely

EuroNerd
EuroNerd
4 months ago

Bess and Younghearted are my favourits! But I would be fine with 5 of these songs winning

Gurl
Gurl
4 months ago

It’s Bess for me.

Thanos
Thanos
4 months ago

I am on team Rasmus! I liked Jezebel from the first listen but it also grew tremendously on me. The bridge before the final chorus has also an amazing instrumental and the last chorus is explosive and powerful. The guitar riff before the bridge is also great. The lyric video is amazing (like every lyric video of UMK) and if they nail the live performance they will certainly do good in ESC.

begi
begi
4 months ago

Only Cyan Kicks or Sene, delusional results on this site as usual

begi
begi
4 months ago
Reply to  begi

And delusional people without taste disliking me as usual

Jon
Jon
4 months ago

They’re all Eurovision ready packages, so the live performances will tip into anyone’s advance. Cyan Kicks – Great rock-pop, but lyrics are simple, but who has the time to think about the depth of lyrics within 3 minutes? BESS – It’s good, but is this too mainstream radio music for Finns to vote? The Rasmus – Great song, but their success might hurt since everyone is comparing this to their previous hit songs. Younghearted – Good song, but it hasn’t been as popular as others, they could up themselves with the live performance Olivera – Song is good on it’s… Read more »

Sebastian
Sebastian
4 months ago

I think The Rasmus is gonna win, but my favorite one is Younghearted

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
4 months ago

I would love to see Isaac Sene at Eurovision. However I fear the Rasmus will win purely due to name recognition and the fact that the televote accounts for 75% of the result (which is ridiculously disproprotionate).

Ravencrow Neversmiles
Ravencrow Neversmiles
4 months ago

The Rasmus is my favorite but I would also be happy if BESS, Isaac Sene or Cyan kicks won. Depends on how they do live.