Tomorrow at 1pm (Helsinki time) (12pm CET), Finnish broadcaster YLE will reveal the artists who will participate in Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2018. The winner of the contest will be the Finnish representative for Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.
In addition to revealing the artists who will participate this year in UMK, more details will be revealed about the format of the show. This will include whether UMK 2018 will take place on one evening, as in 2017, or whether there will be semi-finals running up to the grand final. The press conference will be live streamed online on YLE’s website and the action can be followed on social media at #UMK18.
For the third time, Krista Siegfrids (Finland, Eurovision 2013) will host UMK. She will be joined by Mikko Silvennoinen, the Finnish voice of Eurovision on YLE.
Finland will be hoping to reach the Grand Final of Eurovision for the first time since 2014 when Softengine qualified for the final in Copenhagen. Despite being somewhat of a fan favourite in 2017, Norma John failed to get past the semi-final stage in Kyiv with Blackbird.
Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Finland first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961, they debuted alongside Spain and Yugoslavia. Finland has finished last in the contest on 10 occasions and has received ‘nul points’ three times. It wasn’t until 2006 that Finland won the Eurovision Song Contest, Lordi represented the country in Athens with the song “Hard Rock Hallelujah” scoring 292 points a record total at the time. Finland last performed in the final in 2014 when Softengine finished 11th with the song “Something Better”.