Following the grand reveal of the seven acts competing in Finland’s Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2023, it’s time to hear their songs one at a time. Starting off the week of releases is Keira. Her entry “No Business on the Dancefloor” proves that she very much has business beneath any and all disco balls.
The song has quite a dream team behind it: highly successful musician and songwriter Teemu Brunila, UMK and Eurovision star Axel Ehnström, also known as Paradise Oscar, and German chart-topper Jason OK.
Keira says the song brings some much-needed versatility to UMK.
“With this song, I could take something a little different from Finland to the world,” she says.
Keira – “No Business on the Dancefloor”
With her UMK song and performance, the energetic Keira wants to make Finns come out of their shells. Parties, mysticism and dancing can be expected from February’s UMK show.
Keira — full name Keira Lundström — made waves on The Voice of Finland, where she stunned viewers with her powerful voice. She said: “When I got to sing in front of thousands of people, this feeling of euphoria just washed over me”.
Keira cites Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa, Doja Cat and K-pop groups BTS and Stray Kids as major influences on her sound and style.
UMK 2023 song release schedule
The UMK 2023 songs are being revealed one per weekday until 20 January. They’re set to be released at 00:00 EET on the dates listed below:
- Keira — “No Business On The Dancefloor” (Thursday 12 January)
- Benjamin — “Hoida mut” (Friday 13 January)
- Robin Packalen — “Girls Like You” (Monday 16 January)
- Lxandra — “Something To Lose” (Tuesday 17 January)
- Käärijä – “Cha Cha Cha” (Wednesday 18 January)
- KUUMAA — “Ylivoimainen” (Thursday 19 January)
- Portion Boys — “Samaa taivasta katsotaan” (Friday 20 January)
UMK 2023 will take place on Saturday 25 February at Logomo Arena in Turku, starting at 20:00 CET / 21:00 EET.
The winner will be chosen jointly by Finnish television viewers and international juries. The public will account for 75% of the vote and the juries for the remaining 25%. The finalists were chosen from 362 applicants by a jury of music industry professionals led by Tapio Hakanen, YleX’s Head of Music.
What do you make of “No Business on the Dancefloor”? Do you think Keira could win UMK 2023 and represent Finland at Eurovision? Let us know in the comments below!