Finland has received over 300 song submissions for UMK 2018.
Finnish broadcaster YLE has revealed that they had received over 300 song submissions for their Eurovision national final Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2018. The broadcaster has stated that the artists are free to publish their work, as it has been revealed that Finland has internally selected Saara Aalto to represent the country at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, and therefore will be using the UMK format to select her song.
Hi! We received over 300 songs, the applicants are free to publish their work and some most likely have already published it by themselves.
— UMK (@Yle_UMK) November 7, 2017
UMK 2018 will take place on March 3rd at the Espoo Metro Areena. A combined vote from the international juries and televote will decide which song Saara will sing in Lisbon.
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 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”.