Only a week after Europe named Ukraine as the winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2022, preparations for next year’s show are in full swing across Europe.
Finland is among the countries who have already confirmed their participation for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. Other countries include Austria, Australia, Cyprus, Israel, the Netherlands, Poland, San Marino, Spain and Ukraine.
Producers behind the Finnish selection for Eurovision, Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, made an announcement on their Instagram page on Friday. They will open their channels for applications between the first and fifth of September 2022. The winner of the contest will represent Finland at Eurovision 2023. Given the quality of recent editions, we fully expect another blockbuster year with polished songs and some very difficult choices.
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This year’s Finnish entry “Jezebel” from The Rasmus finished 21st. They came 16th with the public and 22nd with the jury. In the second semi final, they finished 7th overall, placing sixth with the public and ninth with the jury.
The popularity of Eurovision among the Finnish audience has grown since last year’s success of Blind Channel with their pop rock song “Dark Side”. They finished 6th in the final, with 301 points, and topped the charts domestically.
UMK encouraged its readers to tag artists they want to see in the show. One of the artists tagged the most was Robin Packalen, a Finnish pop singer who previously participated in UMK as a guest act with his hits “Huilumies” and “Miten Eskimot Suutelee.”
However, Finland is perhaps best known and loved for its quality rock entries at the contest. The trend started after the one and only “Hard Rock Hallelujah” from Lordi, who won it all and brought the contest to Helsinki in 2007. It was the only time Finland hosted the contest.
Since Finland’s first participation at the contest, some 55 years ago, they have finished in the finals 47 times. The highest ranking entries were Lordi in 2006, Marion Rung in 1973, Softengine in 2014 and Blind Channel last year.
Who do you expect to see as a participant of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2023? Do you already have a favourite to wave the Finnish flag at Eurovision 2023? Let us know in the comments below!
Featured photo by Venla Shalin