YLE, the Finnish national broadcaster, has announced that the 2019 edition of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) will be held on March 2.
Following on from last year’s contest, UMK will only feature one artist, who will perform several songs. Anssi Autio, the producer of UMK, previously stated that UMK 2019 would only feature invited artists, so that they would be able to invest more in performances and other content.
The venue for UMK 2019 will be announced in autumn. Ticket sales for the event will also begin then.
Finland decided that Saara Aalto would take “Monsters” to the Eurovision stage in Lisbon. The show was a special edition of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (‘UMK’), which is used annually to choose Finland’s Eurovision entry; however, this year the show was used to select Saara Aalto’s song for Lisbon, following an internal artist selection by the broadcaster, YLE.
Her participation followed two previously unsuccessful attempts to represent Finland at Eurovision. In 2011 she participated in Finland’s selection with Blessed with Love, and in 2016 she performed No Fear. Both songs finished in second place in their respective finals. In Lisbon, Saara qualified Finland for the final for the first time since 2014 and finished 25th.
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.