Tonight Finland will hold its Eurovision national final Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2022. There, seven acts will compete to represent Finland in Turin. But who should follow Blind Channel to Eurovision?

The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has assembled and listened to the seven contenders. We’ve ranked our top songs in Eurovision fashion and combined our scores to determine our absolute favourites. What entry emerged on top? Read on to find out!

7. Tommi Läntinen  – “Elämä kantaa mua” (36 points)

🥉 – William

William: Tommi’s song is at once the most predictable, but also the most inspiring of UMK. The chorus bridges joy and pain as it encourages people to take a leap of faith as they let go of the past and move to the future. This man has lived and his experience imbues every note. It all feels so easy and authentic. Taken together, it’s enough to make me overlook the somewhat irritating repetition of Harley and Davidson.

Pablo: “Elämä kantaa mua” exudes such a joie-de-vivre that you can’t help but give it props. The overall package ticks many Sanremo-esque boxes — the highly-creative elder singer with an unique topic done eccentrically. It may not be one that most eurofans pay the most mind, but it’s fun and unique among the pack. I’m the most curious to see how this one will be performed life, as it gives the most “wildcard” energy out of all.

6. Younghearted – “Sun numero” (54 points)

🥈 – Lauren

Natalie: I have a real soft spot for this one. The Finnish lyrics, the surprisingly fast tempo, those charming guitar strums are all a magical combo for me. The vocals also just feel so warm and sincere to me, I want to be sucked into the story on offer. I love how the production grows and gets more magical as it goes on too, plus, needless to say the drum break and electric guitar solo at the end seal the deal for me. I hope this can pull a surprise victory in UMK this year. I think this has the potential to enchant the whole of Europe.

Padraig: It says a lot about the quality of this year’s UMK that I have “Sun Numero” second to last in my rankings. It’s a pleasant, almost acoustic number that explores the breakdown of a relationship from a fresh angle. But I’m not gripped like with most of the other entries. It takes a long time to go anywhere, and when we do get our moment, it’s jarring and feels out of place with the mood of the song.

5. The Rasmus – “Jezebel” (55 points)

🥈 – Rick
🥉 – Luis, Padrig

Luis: There’s something very familiar and kind of comforting in “Jezebel”. Which is a weird attribute for a rock number, but this song feels like a long awaited come back. And that is, indeed, what its selection at UMK would mean for The Rasmus, so in a way, it is a story that feels too well crafted not to end up happening. Although it lacks the rush and adrenaline required for a killer rock number, it does have immediacy and vigour. It’s not original by any means, but it’s just like a perfect application of an existent formula.

Natalie: Like… I’m aware that this is the favourite to win UMK, but this is 100% not for me. The instrumentation is totally unoriginal and bland, and it’s so try-hard that even the strings feel pretentious and obnoxious. The lyrics also scream red flags. He seems to be shouting about some sort of kink fantasy with some girl at a nightclub? To be honest, I don’t care enough to want to know. There are so many great songs at UMK this year, and I dearly hope the Finnish public realise that there’s much more quality on offer than this.

4. Cyan Kicks – “Hurricane” (57 points)

🥇 – Lauren
🥉 – Pablo, Rick

Lauren: I’ve been a fan of Cyan Kicks for about a year now, having found them through Blind Channel’s record label, and I’ve grown to love them for their coarse, punchy nu metal sound. That’s why I expected a much heavier song going into “Hurricane”, and was initially let down by how poppy it is. After a couple of listens I’ve managed to see the song for what it’s worth, in a nutshell. It’s an excellent pop-punk track, it’s catchy, and it’s on brand for Finland. I’m also well aware Cyan Kicks know exactly how to put on a live show, so I’m expecting a UMK winning performance from them.

Robyn: You’ve got to be careful with hurricane-related metaphors — hurricanes are wild and destructive. I’m not sensing that Cyan Kicks are thinking of death and destruction when they sassily assert “Just like a hurricane / We’re tearing down the walls / Not gonna settle for less / We know we’re powerful”. And it’s worth noting — hurricanes do settle for less. They literally take the path of least resistance! (Also, back in the ’70s Neil Young wrote the best hurricane metaphor of all time: “You are like a hurricane / There’s calm in your eye”. If you can’t top that, best leave the meteorological metaphors at home.) Musically, it’s good rock; lyrically, it’s a lot less successful.

3. Bess – “Ram pam pam” (71 points)

🥇 – Rick
🥈 – Luis, Padraig, Pablo, William
🥉 – Robyn

Padraig: “Ram pam pam” is exactly how my heart when I heard this for the first time. Fierce, feisty, fabulous, Finnish-language pop – what more could a Eurofan ask for? Bess has delivered a self-assured rock-pop number that doesn’t give a damn. That’s no easy task given that the whole song is built around a hook which, in the hands of a lesser artist, could become completely cheesy and camp. This is a foot-stomping, fist-in-the-air belter. And it’s little wonder that this is still top of Finland’s Spotify charts all these weeks after its release.

Robyn: This is a lot of fun! Bess is serving plenty of attitude with this slice of electropop. The main chorus hook does what it’s supposed to do — it’s still on repeat in my head. Even though the song is in Finnish, Bess makes clear the song’s message of walking your own path. There’s also a lot of potential for things to be taken up a notch with some wild staging — though hopefully Bess stays away from the militaristic themes of the music video. “Ram pam pam” feels like a very strong contender for Turin.

2. Olivera – “Thank God I’m an Atheist” (71 points)

🥇 – Lauren, Natalie, William
🥈 – Robyn

Lauren: My top of UMK 2022 is a mess, and for all the right reasons. Some days I could call this my favourite, some days I can call this my fifth. It’s a very well-written ballad that’s composed in a way that tugs on my heartstrings in the best way possible. I find the song very relatable and honest, and I think we’re seeing the positive impacts of the top nine of ESC 2021 including eight self-written songs. Artists feel free to bring their own art to the centre stage.

William: Olivera is a pop music philosopher. Her enchanting song tackles big ideas — like what happens after we die and whether we can create our own sense of heaven while we’re still living. Her voice cuts in multiple directions — it haunts, but it can also lift you up depending on how you interpret her message. This is pure class from start to finish and well deserving of your consideration for Eurovision.

1. Isaac Sene – “Kuuma jäbä” (72 points)

🥇 – Pablo, Padraig, Robyn
🥈 – Natalie
🥉 – Lauren

Pablo: This is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a hot minute, and hot it indeed is. “Kuuma jäbä” tackles both the retro and the modern trends in a way that no one has currently gone in the season. An icy Prince with shades of Lil Nas X more outre qualities, it’s a highly addictive, sensual tune that feels effortless, timeless, and appealing to several demographics, all while making the Finnish language sound smooth as glass. If Finland wants to set stages ablaze and cause an everlasting impression, Isaac is the ticket.

Luis: Slick, smooth and slightly dirty, “Kuuma jäbä” is a full delight. It takes the wave of male sensuality that Måneskin and Achille Lauro ride, but gives it a pop twist. If Isaac can translate the appeal of his music video to the live performance, this is going to be one to watch. However, its linear progression and lack of a clear hook makes his chances delve. The fact that it’s in Finnish just adds an extra touch to this electro pop delight. 

Do you agree with our rankings? Who’s your favourite? And who do you think will win? Let us know below.

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Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
9 months ago

Yes! I hope that Isaac delivers. Love his song!

Héctor
Héctor
9 months ago

Hoping it is Isaac Sene!! C’mon, one of the best entries in this 2022 NF season.

ete sech
ete sech
9 months ago

I didn’t expect Isaac to top the wiwi jury, but here we are! 😀
Isaac, alongside Bess and Younghearted are my absolute faves from tonight, and I hope one of them wins.

Escjäbä
Escjäbä
9 months ago

Thanks sp much for having Isaac and Olivera up there?

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
9 months ago

Really wierd tastes from this so called ‘jury’ here. Jezebel is the favourite for a reason. My personal favourite is Hurricane because it definitely adds something new and is so sassy for a rock song yet still holds rock values true to its core.This was all in all a really good selection and to see one of these songs go at this stage will be heartbreaking.

Bandido
Bandido
9 months ago

I think just the opposite! Hurricane is too generic and predictable pop-rock ( inc. Måneskin, Blind Channel, even a bit Keino) already seen in ESC to gain interest or to success.

Last edited 9 months ago by Bandido
Aeria
Aeria
9 months ago

It’s tricky because several of these are good enough to compete in Eurovision, no, pretty much all of them are. Everyone has something going for them and it’s nice to see. I still think Finland has one of the best, if not THE best national selection of the year, and there’s a lot of them this year.

Sabrina
Sabrina
9 months ago

What a nice surprise to see Isaac topping the Wiwi Jury! All things considered, I guess this would be my first choice too. It’s sexy, it’s bold, it’s ultra contemporary. And I say “guess”, because it’s been so hard for me to pick just one in this year’s UMK.

For example, my top 3 would probably be the same as Natalie’s (I have a deep affection for Younghearted’s song and Olivera is another very 21st Century entry coming from Finland), but “Ram Pam Pam” and “Hurricane” have great energy too.

ete sech
ete sech
9 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Indeed! I feel like I have 5 entries deserving of my top 3

Alfonso Moreno Domínguez
Alfonso Moreno Domínguez
9 months ago

Yessss kuuma jäbä deserved winner! I wasn’t really confident on its chances of winning tonight but seeing these results who knows…

Jamie
Jamie
9 months ago

Isaac for the win!

moramento22
moramento22
9 months ago

Gotta say I wasn’t paying much attention to Finland until now, but the top three from the jury here is very strong I think and I agree with that set up. I only pray to god that Rasmus doesn’t win.

Angie4815
9 months ago

To paraphrase Willam from drag race, “they’re all tops”. That aside, my favourite is Jezebel, because I was a huge emo fan of The Rasmus as a teen. Listening to Jezebel brings back memories, and makes me feel all that emo angst that I’ve been missing, honestly. Second place for me is Bess. I find myself thinking about the melody of Ram Pam Pam very often, and everytime I listen to it, I just can’t contain myself from hitting the repeat button. Also her voice is amazing and Finnish is a very very cool language that we sadly don’t get… Read more »

Una
Una
9 months ago

I *love* Younghearted with “Sun numero” from the bottom of my heart. Pure quality and class, soothing and encouraging energy at the same time.

I’ve watched the interview on the UMK youtube channel – they are *lovely* <3. They are my personal winners for sure.

Thank you, Yle, for providing the subs. Pure class just like last year. <3 I cannot wait for my first hightlight of the season, which is UMK 2022!!!!!

mememe
mememe
9 months ago

I think Finland should choose either Isaac Sene or Cyan Kicks. Both surely goes to final, others are not sure. Rasmus is disappointing and Bess is song only in finland and have zero chance to final! Cyan Kicks singer there is rumors that she cant sing and her english is bad but there is also typical female hate!!! Atheist is pretty dull and religion and church people will not vote it and old man is horrible horrible bad song

#synthsareawesome
#synthsareawesome
9 months ago

Cyan Kicks. A solid rock tune, but the lyrics drag it down. The chorus is a little bland for my taste. 5/10. Bess. A very fun electropop tune with pleasant vocals. Isn’t interesting enough on itself, but will work well with good staging. Can’t judge lyrics, don’t speak Finnish. 6/10. Olivera. Kinda an attempt to pull off singer-songwriter. The vocals are typically soft, the lyrics are self-reflective, the production is stripped down. The only major problem here is song structure. In this genre it has to be effortless and effective, which isn’t the case. She muses on a topic, but… Read more »

Last edited 9 months ago by #synthsareawesome
The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
9 months ago

I love Hurricane’s lyrics and I resonate with the chorus.

Ulla Rajala
Ulla Rajala
9 months ago

I agree, but depends how Isaac sounds live. The video is very produced…

Gurl
Gurl
9 months ago

Let it be Isaac, please. Itd be an automatic top 3 in my ranking.

Isabella
Isabella
9 months ago

Isaac Sene for the win

Yudhistira Mahasena
9 months ago

My top 7 is as follows: The Rasmus Cyan Kicks BESS Isaac Sene Younghearted Olivera Tommi Läntinen For a reason – while Cyan Kicks and The Rasmus are both rock bands, Finland takes rock music very seriously, and they seem to head for a rock revolution once again in Eurovision following Blind Channel’s massive success, I have to give the edge to The Rasmus. Having been here since 1994, it’s no surprise that they are one of the most respected Finnish rock bands. “Jezebel” is underrated. Cyan Kicks is very J-rock-inspired with their song “Hurricane”, and personally I’ll be excited… Read more »

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
9 months ago

Oh wow, I actually agree with the top three

Nicomro
Nicomro
9 months ago

Actually surprised with this top ! I thought their n°1 would be in their bottom two (and i still think it will not reach top 4 tonight). That is again confirming imo how UMK2022 is good, fun and unpredictable 😀
Cant wait for tonight ! I’d be happy with 4 out of 7 songs, which is crazy ; though i’m absolutely already prepared to see Jezebel win with the same Margin as Darkside last year .

Last edited 9 months ago by Nicomro
Mr X
Mr X
9 months ago

Isaac Sene is my favourite too. An absolute hypnotic song

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
9 months ago

Not often I’ve got the same winner as the Wiwi jury but here we are!
Of course, I think I’ve got the 2nd place act in last place…so that’s more like it. XD