Krista Siegfrids will host the 2019 edition of UMK, Finland’s Eurovision selection show.
Finnish broadcaster YLE has revealed that Krista Siegfrids will return as the host of UMK 2019 this year. Krista represented Finland at the 2013 contest in Malmö, Sweden with her song “Marry Me”, placing 24th in the Grand Final. She has hosted Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu since 2016, where she also participated in Sweden’s Eurovision selection show Melodifestivalen.
Finland is set to reveal their participant in Eurovision 2019 on January 29 at a press conference. At the press conference, the broadcaster has confirmed that the venue of UMK 2019 on March 2 will also be revealed to the public.
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.
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 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.